Kayamkulam Lake derives its name from the town of Kayamkulam through which it flows. This is a site known since antiquity as an ancient maritime trade center.
The glory of the pivotal position Kayamkulam enjoys, is extended to the backwaters in this part of Alleppey. It forms a well-regulated and well-maintained channel for transport and trade. In fact the Kayamkulam Lake, connecting Kollam and Alleppey is Kerala's longest backwater tourism route.
One of the best ways to explore the scenic beauty of the lake that flaunts on both its sides, is to hire a houseboat, which come in varying costs and styles, and experience a journey under the stars, over the composed waters, to the sight of poised trees towering over to touch the expanse of the sky. One can order a variety of dishes from the local cuisine on the houseboat, to include your palate in the celebration of the beauty of Kerala.