Vembanad Lake: Kerala

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Vembanad Lake: Kerala

Part of: GS Prelims and GS –I – Geography

In News: 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.
  • Source of the rivers: Meenachil, Achankovil, Pampa and Manimala
  • 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, lake was included in the list of Ramsar Convention.
    • It is the second-largest Ramsar site in India after the Sundarbans in West Bengal.
  • The Vembanad wetland is also identified 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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