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Vembanad Lake: Kerala

  • 03 Jul 2021
  • 2 min read

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Kerala houseboats in Vembanad Lake are about to begin soon amid a robust vaccination drive.

  • This is the largest lake in Kerala and the longest Lake in India.

Key Points

  • Vembanad Lake is also known as Vembanad Kayal, Vembanad Kol, Punnamada Lake (in Kuttanad) and Kochi Lake (in Kochi).
  • Spanning several districts of Kerala and covering a territory of more than 2033.02 km2.
  • The lake has its source in four rivers, Meenachil, Achankovil, Pampa and Manimala
  • It is separated from the Arabian Sea by a narrow barrier island and is a popular backwater stretch in Kerala.
  • Vallam Kali (i.e Nehru Trophy Boat Race) is a Snake Boat Race held every year in the month of August in Vembanad Lake.
  • In 2002, it was included in the list of wetlands of international importance, as defined by the Ramsar Convention.
    • It is the second-largest Ramsar site in India only after the Sundarbans in West Bengal.
  • The Government of India has identified the Vembanad wetland under the National Wetlands Conservation Programme.
  • The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is located on the east coast of the lake.
  • In 2019, Willingdon Island, a seaport located in the city of Kochi, was carved out of Vembanad Lake.
  • One of the most outstanding features of this lake is the 1252 m long saltwater barrier, Thanneermukkom, which was built to stop saltwater intrusion into Kuttanad.

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