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Popular Sightseeing on boat

Houseboat cruising imparts an exceptional glimpse of candid and unsophisticated life of rural flocks in the backdrop of artistically beautiful Mother Nature. The ancient Kettuvallams refurbished to modern day houseboats provides all facilities, float across the backwaters of Kerala. The beautiful scenery attracts the visitors where they can find the dark red sun hiding in the coconut palm leaves and gentle breeze.


Cochin is the ideal destination to start off your backwater experience in Kerala. Cochin is a cluster of islands located at the sea mouth of Arabian Sea. The ancient trading centre is now the commercial capital of Kerala. The Chinese fishing nets studded in water are one of the major attractions you find in Cochin. Places to visit during a backwater ride through Cochin are Bolghatty Palace, Chinese Fishing Nets, Dutch Palace, Fort Kochi Beach and Hill Palace.


Popularly known as Venice of the East, Alleppey is well known to the world tourism map for its picturesque natural beauty with numerous lagoons, lakes, canals and rivers. The paddy cultivation, fishing and duck farming are the major attractions which are closely connected to the rural life of the people. Places to visit in Alleppey includes Punnamada Lake, the venue of Nehru Trophy Boat Race, Pathriamanal island, Thaneermukkam Salt Barrier, R Block, C Block, Chavara Bhavan, Vattakayal, Champakulam Church, Edathva Church, Karimadikuttan, Ambalapuzha Sri Krishna Temple, Thakizhi Museum, Mannarsala Snake Temple, Thottapalli Beach, Chakkulathukavu Temple, Mullakkal Temple. The beaches like Alappuzha Beach, Marari Beach etc. are very important places to visit.


Kollam formerly known as Quilon is an ancient port town of Kerala. The backwater ride on the Ashtamudi Lake offers an enthralling experience to the tourists. Kollam is renowned for the numerous cashew industries. The Lake, called the gateway to Kerala backwaters is a perfect destinations for houseboat cruising. Major sightseeing destinations of Kollam are Ashtamudi Lake, Mata Amritanandamayi Ashram, Thangassery Light house, Ochira etc…


Location: 16 km away from Kottayam town,
Central Kerala. The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and is part of the Kuttanad region. The bird sanctuary here, which is spread across 14 acres is a favourite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist's paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teals, waterfowls, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian Stork visit here in flocks and are a fascination for the visitors. An enchanting backwater destination, Kumarakom offers it's visitors many other leisure options. Boating and fishing facilities are available at the Taj Garden Retreat, a sprawling old bungalow-turned-resort. Waterscapes, the backwater resort of the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation has independent cottages built on stilts, set amidst coconut groves and panoramic view of the backwaters. Holiday packages involving houseboats, traditional Kettuvalloms (rice barges) offer great experiences.


It is the major rice granary of Kerala, where vast stretches of verdant paddy fields are interlaced with enchanting backwaters create some of the unforgettable sights. Kuttanad, the rice bowl of Kerala is all about an agrarian community, striking a chord of harmony with its physical setting. Noted for its farming below sea level (about 4 to 10 feet) the land of Kuttanad possesses a socio-cultural fabric of its own. Four major rivers in Kerala viz. Pampa, Meenachil, Achankovil and Manimala flow into the region. Kuttanad can be accessed from places on the National Highway- 47 from Harippad to Alappuzha town in the District of Alappuzha, and from places like Thiruvalla and Changanasserry on the Main Central (MC) Road going through the District of Kottayam.


Catch a glimpse of one of the many splendours of Ashtamudi backwaters. As the boatman gently dips his paddle, without disturbing the prevailing calm, the ripples spread out gently in the shimmering golden hue of the sun.

The Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom

(16 km from Kottayam town)

Kottayam is a vast network of rivers and canals which empty into the great expanse of water called the Vembanad Lake. The lake, an enchanting picnic spot and a fast developing backwater tourism destination, provides boating, fishing and sightseeing experiences that are truly exhilarating. The Kumarakom Tourist Village offers houseboat cruises and holiday packages. The serene lake comes alive during Onam with a spectacular water regatta - the snake boat races. It is indeed amazing to watch oarsmen, at least a hundred in one boat, slice their way through the waters to the fast rhythm of their own full throated singing. Ponnumthuruthu Island A delightful getaway surrounded by the Anjengo backwaters, this uninhabited isle is accessible by boat from the makeshift jetty at the nearby Nedunganda Village. A 100-year-old Shiva-Parvathi Temple, rebuilt a decade ago, is also situated here. Ponnumthuruthu Island is just 20 km away from Varkala, the famous tourist destination in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.


(30 km from Bekal)

This is perhaps the most scenic backwater stretch in Kerala. Fed by four rivers and dotted with numerous little islands, Valiyaparamba is fast turning into a much favoured backwater resort that offers enchanting boat cruises.


Location: 5 km from Kanhangad, Kasaragod district, North Kerala.
Attraction: A small tropical island. The emerald lagoon. And a vast sandy beach.

Green and beautiful, a little effaced by the historic Bekal Fort and beach, Chithari is still a virgin destination. The island is accessible only by boat, often wooden canoes that belong to the locals. A part of the Bekal Tourism Project, this backwater area has all it takes to become a mega tourist destination.

Padanna Backwaters

Much of the popular backwater attractions of Kerala are located in the southern and central parts of the State. Contrary to this belief, a serene backwater network exists in the northern most district of Kerala - Kasaragod. Here adjoining the backwaters of Valliyaparampu lies a beautiful backwater village of Thekkekadu, which has an inspiring story to share with its visitors. It is all about Padanna's crusader in self-employment, Mr. Gul Mohammed and his backwater retreat - Oyster Opera at Padanna. Set amidst avenues of coconut tress and crisscrossed by canals and fanned by backwaters the retreat has everything natural at its core of existence and functioning. It is located at Padanna, near Cheruvathur in the District of Kasaragod.