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Backwaters of Kerala

A trip to ‘God’s Own Country’ feel void if you do not have a ride in the backwaters. The Kerala backwaters networked with numerous canals, lakes, rivers and lagoons extends about 900 km of waterways. The greenery of the land sync with the candid rural life of the people will attract both international and domestic tourists alike.

The exclusive echo system of backwaters where the river flows into the Arabian sea. The destinations that covers houseboat ride in the backwaters are Allleppey, Kottayam, Kollam, Thiruvallam, Kumarakom , Kuttanad, Kozhikode and Kasargod. There are numerous places to visit during the houseboat ride including ancient monuments museums, art galleries , beaches, islands, market places, churches temples etc. The Punnamada Lake famous for its venue of Nehru Trophy Boat Race is mind blowing location for tourists. Various snake boat races apart from the Nehru Trophy are being conducted in different location of Alleppey.

The fresh water fish like ‘Karimeen’, tiger prawns are the major attractions in the backwater tourism. The dishes made out of this fish are mouth watering and famous across the world. The pastoral life of the people engaged in the fishing, duck farming and agriculture will be a naïve experience to the tourist. The people residing on the backwaters are very much cordial towards the tourists.

The backwaters of Kerala are undoubtedly the brand ambassadors of state tourism alluring thousand to the state. Nobody wants to miss the backwater ride in the state that refreshes and rejuvenates the mind and body of the travelers. Kettuvallams locally called, are refurbished to the houseboat that provides all modern facilities and amenities. The backwaters are the favorite destination of honeymooners.

The Kerala backwaters offer a rare combination of tranquility, picturesque natural beauty and heritage. The 900km long backwaters of Kerala have a network of numerous canals, lakes and inlets. The backwaters of Kerala provide a unique ecosystem with abundant natural life in fresh water like crab, oyster, tiger prawns and other fishes. There are thousands of indigenous and migratory birds which offer splendid pleasure to the travelers. The enchanting paddy field and other green hue of the backwaters give a naïve experience to the travelers.

The backwaters of Kerala include Alleppey, Kuttnad, Kumarakom, Kochi, Kollam, Thiruvanthapuram, Kozhikode and Kasargod. Of all Alleppey aliases "the Venice of the East"is the most sought after destinations of Kerala backwaters. There are a number of historical places and monuments on backwaters that give a naïve experience to the travelers.

Major backwater destinations in Kerala:

Alleppey: It is most important backwater destinations of Kerala. The demography living near the backwaters commonly leads a pastoral life. Every single home owns small boats for their own private transportation. Houseboats that float across the backwaters are a familiar sight to the common flocks. The tranquil and serene atmosphere of villages with picturesque beauty allures the tourists. Coir making is a prevalent cottage industry of this area. Thousands of women flocks of this area find their earnings through this. You can also find boat making in this area. The aesthetic backwaters of Alleppey are a refuge for the people from different walks of life to vent out their hectic life.

The giant houseboats move through the backwaters refurbished with swaying coconut trees, the green paddy fields, birds with different hue, flocks of ducks and lovely water lilies. The houseboat provides you with lavish food with all the flavors of Kerala cuisines. Another unique feature of the Alleppey backwater is that the lakes turned to be a venue for numerous boat races. Among them Nehru Trophy Boat Race is the most famous and held on every second Saturday of August in Punnamada Lake. The boat races are spectacular and tens of thousands flocked towards the venue. The historical monuments and heritages, temples and churches, and small markets also allure the travelers.

Kumarakom: A ride through the sparkling ripples of the backwaters is an exotic experience to the tourists. Kumarakom, a group of small islands on Vembanad Lake is exquisitely beautiful with its picturesque nature. The thick mangroves, paddy fields and coconut cultivation make Kumarakom a favorite destination for the travelers. The Kumarakom bird sanctuary shelter thousands of migratory birds is a paradise for bird watchers. Kumarakom is a must visit place in Kerala.