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Backwater tourism

The National Geographic Travel elevates Kerala as one of the 50 must see destinations in the world. The backwaters of Kerala are considered as the brand ambassadors of the tourism industry of the state alluring thousands of tourists towards the state. The traditional Kettuvalloms renovated as modern day houseboats are an asset to the tourism industry generating immense foreign exchange and employment. Staying away from the rest of the world, the ride in a houseboat makes you feel rejuvenated and refreshed.

Backwater tourism is the latest addition to the tourism industry of Kerala. The backwaters of Kerala include Alleppey, Kuttanad, Kottayam, Kollam, Thiruvanthapuram and Kozhikode. There are numerous canals, rivers, and lakes crisscrossing about 900 kms of waterways in the coast of Kerala. The backwaters are formed by the numerous rivers that flow into the Arabian Sea originating from the Western Ghats. The palm fringed lakes, paddy fields, islands, Chinese fishing nets that zooms the life of the common rural people. Though there are different destinations, Alleppey is the prominent giving a diverse experience to the tourists. The places on the backwaters are visited by the tourist. The Punnamada lake, Chavara Bhavan, Ambalapuzha temple, Thakaserry fort, Chinese fishing nets at Kochi and Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary are the major attractions on the backwaters.

The houseboats provide well appointed luxury bedrooms with AC, living room with TV, kitchen with all modern facilities, balcony and modern toilet. The various cuisines flavour the local taste of various dishes in Kerala. Top priority is given to the safety and security of the guests.

The boundless channels of backwaters in the state offer ample space for backwater cruising in Kerala. Backwater cruising in Kerala is globally famous and attracts numerous tourists to the state. The evergreen backwater destination blessed with its flora and fauna impart immense pleasure and joy to the tourists. The backwaters in Kerala include Alleppey, Kollam, Cochin, Kozhikode, Kasargode and Thiruvanthapuram.

The hotspot backwater destinations in Kerala are Alleppey, Kumarakom and Cochin where a large number of tourists arrived during the seasons. Every year thousands of tourists, honeymoon couples and travelers came for backwater cruising in Kerala. The giant houseboats are hired by the tourists for the backwater cruising. Though some travelers rent country boat for the backwater cruising.

Alleppey backwater cruising is the most famous and opted by the tourists. Different houseboats in Alleppey with numerous packages welcome the tourists. The Alleppey backwater having numerous intertwined canals and inlets attains the name Venice of the East. The rich greenery, swaying palm and the closely knit rural life of the people were the major highlights in the backwaters of Alleppey. Backwater cruising in Alleppey helps the tourist to enjoy the beauty and experience the life on the backwaters.

Another important backwater cruising spot in Kerala is Kumarakom. Kumarakom is a group of small islands located in the Vembanad Lake. While backwater cruising in Kumarakom; the paddy cultivation, mangroves and coconut fields soothe the eyes of tourists. The bird sanctuary in Kumarakom where you can find rare species of birds also attracts the tourists and birdwatchers alike.

Other backwater cruising includes Cochin and Kollam where the tourists can visit numerous places on the backwaters. The backwater cruise refreshes and rejuvenates the tourists.