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Great for Paddle Boating

A nice place for trying paddle boating. The lake is calm and not too deep and also surrounded by... read more

Reviewed 8 November 2017
Very Scenic Place

One side of the road is a huge Arabian Sea, whereas on the other side the Lake. There are some... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2017
Mumbai, India
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“boat ride” (13 reviews)
“vast lake” (3 reviews)
“nice drive” (2 reviews)
Varkala, India
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

A nice place for trying paddle boating. The lake is calm and not too deep and also surrounded by coconut trees.

Thank R B
Reviewed 7 November 2017

One side of the road is a huge Arabian Sea, whereas on the other side the Lake. There are some activities in the lake side like paddle boating. It's great experience to paddle the boat in a calm and clean water.

Thank Manee997
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

Beach and the lake both can be experienced.Beautiful high way in between.Picture perfect.Idyllic.Can be reached by walk from Varkala beach also in 2 hours.Just need to follow the shoreline.Nice little Boat ride can be enjoyable with local spicy milk-based drink,specially in the Summer months and...More

1  Thank paramita d
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

On your drive beach is left side and lake is other side. Self boating available. For half an hour it is 300 INR. It's 12 km from Varkala bus station and if u r not having car auto is the mode and costly. If u...More

Thank Ganehvenkat
Reviewed 13 October 2017

More than the spot, the drive to it was awesome. Lake on one side and the beach on the other. There are some adventure options, which werent that appealing to us. So chose to skip!

Thank Vinoth S
Reviewed 30 August 2017

The drive to this place is much better than the place itself. Can be visited if you have a lot of free time.

Thank AmanKartikeya
Reviewed 21 July 2017

Scamming, dishonest and talking behind your back (yes I, the middle aged European with a preteen kid, speak Malayalam, not expected huh?). Thay give a 10 min boat ride which is super boring and without guiding or any information about the lake. This is a...More

Thank Charlie E
Reviewed 9 May 2017

Good place for people who are interested in water sports! Try Fly sports it should be easy to find if you are staying at Varkala or nearby.

Thank Mrinalini07
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Kappil lake is about 8 kms from Varkala and its offers a stunning view from the motor road. One hand the arabian sea and opposite side of the road is the vast Kappil lake. One can enjoy various types of water sports like rafting, kayaking...More

1  Thank Avik D
Reviewed 26 March 2017

Peaceful place and area. With newly added water activities became even more attractive. You can have snacks on the road or at the restaurant

Thank Adele C
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11 October 2015|
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Response from abhijeetajoshi | Reviewed this property |
Hi, We had booked the entire boat for ourselves for a 1 hour ride and it costed INR 1200. Dont think this backwater lake warrants a full day trip, 2 hours will be more than enough to have a leisurely ride. There are two... More