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Tens of thousands of tourists visit Kerala's backwaters to imbibe the unique natural illustration of the state. The traditional Kettuvallams refurbished into modern houseboats float like a king in the backwaters are a common sight to all eyes.Tourists from different parts of the world come here to experience the houseboat ride.

The intertwined waterways that extends 1500 kms across the state forms the backwaters of Kerala. The hot destinations on backwaters encompasses charming towns, cities and villages that etch both the rural and urban life. There are lots of historic places and modern venture that exhilarates the tourists.

The scenic destinations of backwater tourism are:

Alleppey: The Venetian ambience with numerous canals with enclosed inland waterways attains the name to Alleppey –The Venice of the East. The picturesque greenery, the village life of common folks, Nehru Trophy Boat Race etc. are the major attractions of Alleppey. Apart from Nehru Trophy Boat Race, there are several other snake boat races that take place here. Numerous historical places, temples, churches, Alleppey beach etc. are the chief highlights of this place.

Kochi: Alias the 'Queen of Arabian Sea' is one of the major sea ports of India and a natural harbour. It is the commercial capital of the state. Kochi with it's unique geography consisting islands, backwaters, lagoons, beaches allures numerous tourists towards this place. The backwater cruising in Kochi is a major tourist attraction. Apart from the backwater cruising, the animated and coluorful life of city rejuvenates the tourists. The churches, monuments and the reminiscences of old culture adds the beauty Kochi. Numerous hotels and resorts are spread across the length and breadth of Kochi to accommodate the tourists.

Kollam: Also known as the 'Gateway to Kerala's Backwaters', Kollam is the oldest seaport on Ashtamudi Lake of Kerala. The lake provides ample opportunity for backwater tourism. The eight hour boat ride from Alleppey to Kollam is a delightful experience to the tourist. The other important places to visit in Kollam include the ancient Thangasseri Fort, also called 'Dutch Quilon', Mata Amrithanandamayi Ashram, an international pilgrimage destination etc..

Kumarakom: A must visit place in Kerala's backwater tourism is Kumarakom located on Vembanad Lake. The fascinating charm of the place with stunning panoramic view of paddy fields, mangroves and coconut palms attracts the tourist. The bird sanctuary, that shelters numerous birds including various migratory birds are a naïve experience to bird watchers and tourists. Houseboat ride through this place gives pleasure. The nearest city to Kumarakom is Kottayam.

Kozhikode: Kozhikode is etched in the history of India as the place where Vasco da Gama had landed. A houseboat ride through the backwaters of Kozhikode gives a unique experience to tourists. The other major places to visit in Kozhikode are Kozhikode Beach, Kappad Beach, Beypore, Pazhassirajah Museum, Art Gallery. The traditional building in the market place built with a unique architecture of the ancient culture bewilders the tourists. There are several national institutions like IIM and NIT in Kozhikode.