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Kerala Backwaters

With frolicking sea waves on one side and network of lakes, lagoons and rivers meandering through it, there is no wonder why Alleppey is a major backwater destination of Kerala. Alappuzha or Alleppey is often regarded as Venice of East owing to its prepossessing landscape. The city is one of the few places on earth where farming is performed below sea level and in the past it once served as a prosperous trading and fishing center.

Talking of backwater cruising, there are many houseboat routes in Kerala that begins from Alleppey itself. Information regarding the same is given below.

Alappuzha to Kumarakom - This route takes you past the glistening canals and waterways where water-birds (resident as well as migratory) are found in abundance. The houseboat cruises past tiny hamlets of fishermen and groves of palm and coconut.

Alappuzha to Alappuzha: The route includes sailing on the Punnamada Lake/ Vembanad Lake (Longest Lake of India, largest Lake of Kerala and one of the largest lakes in India) and Vattakayal Lake. Nights are to be spent aboard the traditional houseboats, Kettuvalam.

Alappuzha to Thottappally: The route features many historical sites such as Champakkulam Church and Ambalpuzha Temple.

Alappuzha to Kottayam- This is the kind of route that gets etched in your memories forever. You can see farmers at work, performing farming below sea level. You can inhale subtle breeze flowing through and hear the babbles of canals.   

Alappuzha to Mankotta: This route takes you through the splendid Punnamada Lake/ Vembanad Lake (Longest Lake of India, largest Lake of Kerala and one of the largest lakes in India) and lets you visit coir-making villages along with many historical sights.

Alappuzha to Kidangara: Prime attractions of the same is the pleasing Vembanad Lake (Longest Lake of India, largest Lake of Kerala and one of the largest lakes in India) and Pathiramanal Island.

Alappuzha to Alumkadavu- This is your choice to either take a one-night cruise or a two-night one. This lets you get in acquaintance with the history of Kettuvalams, the traditional houseboats of Kerala. One of the main attractions of the route- Alumkadavu- where the entire clans were indulged in the making of traditional houseboats.

Here are the list of Top Backwaters in Kerala to Rejuvenate your mind

Alleppey Backwater

Kerala is blessed with immaculate backwaters and Alleppey is one of them. Situated on the banks of the stunning Vembanad Lake, Alleppey is among the most popular backwater destinations in Kerala. Lined with fringed lush coconut graves, adorned with endless lagoons, and hugged by the natural charm, Alleppey backwaters is a paradise for nature lovers. While in Alleppey, do no miss out on the houseboat cruises across the Vembanad Lake. For a delightful experience, visit Alleppey between November and February and enjoy the pristine beauty of the backwaters.

Referred to as the Venice of the East, Alappuzha has always loved an essential area inside the maritime history of Kerala. today, it is well-known for its boat races, backwater vacations, beaches, marine merchandise and coir industry. Alappuzha beach is a popular picnic spot. The pier, which extends out to the sea right here, is over 137 years old. amusement facilities on the Vijaya beach Park upload to the appeal of the seaside. there is additionally an antique lighthouse nearby which significantly intrigues all traffic.

Nearby Attractions

Some of the best places to visit near Alleppey backwaters are -

  • Kuttanad
  • Marari Beach
  • Alappuzha Beach
  • Krishnapuram Palace
  • Sri Krishna Temple
     

Kumarakom Backwaters

Kerala, popularly known and believed as God's Own Country, is an ideal destination for business traveler as well as holidaymaker. The state is blessed with myriad features like dense tropical forests, beautiful beaches, cliffs, rocky coasts, an intricate maze of backwaters, still bays and astounding 44 radiant rivers. Spending days in Kerala is rejuvenating to say the least, especially at the backwater destinations, connected through meandering inland lakes. You can have such an unforgettable experience at the Kumarakom Backwaters in Kerala.

About Kumarakom

Kumarakom is a huddle of small islands on the Vembanad Lake in Kerala, one of the largest fresh water lakes in Asia. Located 16 km from Kottayam, it is one of the most popular backwater stretches in Kerala. Being close to the lake, Kumarakom houses some majestic canals, streams and distributaries. The enchanting boat races, houseboat cruise, canoeing and fishing are some of the main attractions of Kumarakom. The huge houseboats, traditionally known as Kettuvallams , are replete with living rooms, toilets, kitchen, and balcony for angling.

Tourist spots

A water-bird sanctuary, spreading across 14 acres, lies at the edge of the grounds of an old estate where a plethora of various multicolored birds such as cuckoo, wild duck, egrets, darters, herons, teal and water fowl as well as Siberian storks can be seen. The best way to watch these birds is a boat trip round the islands. Other attractions are Thekkady, a major wildlife center 114 km from Kumarakom, and Sabarimala, a Hindu pilgrim center 134 km from Kottayam. The delightful un-kept coastal town of Alappuzha, with its maze of canals, bridges and silver beaches, also lies close by.
 

Kasargod Backwater

Kasargod, the northernmost district of Kerala, is situated on the sea coast with the Western Chats on its east and northern borders. The backwater destination of Kasargod offers mesmerizing trips to the enchanting Chandragiri and the vivacious Valiyaparamba . Situated on the Chandragiri River the former is renowned for the chain of forts. The latter provides the best breathtaking views of the backwaters.

Tourist Places in Kasaragod

Chandragiri, located 4 kilometers from Kasargod town, is known for the large 17th century Chandragiri Fort, offering a spectacular view of the Chandragiri River and the Arabian Sea . Do not forget to check out the well-preserved Bekal Fort while on your backwater tour.

You can also visit Valiyaparamba, probably the most scenic backwater stretch in Kerala, fed by four rivers and speckled with a charming little island. The Pallikere and the Kappil beach at Kasargod are brilliant spots for relaxation and rejuvenation as well.
 

Kochi Backwaters

Kerala, popularly known and believed as God's Own Country, is an ideal destination for business traveler as well as holidaymaker. The state is blessed with myriad features like dense tropical forests, beautiful beaches, cliffs, rocky coasts, an intricate maze of backwaters, still bays and astounding 44 radiant rivers. Spending days in Kerala is rejuvenating to say the least, especially at the backwater destinations, connected through meandering inland lakes. You can have such an unforgettable experience at the Kochi Backwaters in Kerala.

About Kochi

A string of picturesque and lovely islands, lagoons, small rivulets and swaying coconut palm trees make Kochi a perfect backwaters destination. A conducted cruise on the local ferries through the winding waterways to several quaint spots like the coconut plantations and the coir villages is the main tourist attraction of Kochi. Popular as Queen of the Arabian Sea , Kochi is formed of a group of islands on Lake Vembanad , which opens out into the Arabian Sea to form one of the finest natural harbors in the world.

The ancestral rulers of Kochi with their sophisticated outlook traded goods as well as knowledge with visitors from far off lands. The Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and the British have all left their mark here. The Jewish synagogue , the Dutch Palace , the Chinese fishing nets, etc remain witness to the magnificent European and Asian architecture that once prevailed in this seaport city.


Kollam Backwaters

Kerala, popularly known and believed as God's Own Country, is an ideal destination for business traveler as well as holidaymaker. The state is blessed with myriad features like dense tropical forests, beautiful beaches, cliffs, rocky coasts, an intricate maze of backwaters, still bays and astounding 44 radiant rivers. Spending days in Kerala is rejuvenating to say the least, especially at the backwater destinations, connected through meandering inland lakes. You can have such an unforgettable experience at the Kollam Backwaters in Kerala.

About Kollam

Situated 71 Km north of Thiruvananathapuram, Kollam is an important center of the cashew nut processing and trading industry. Formerly known as Quilon , Kollam is an ancient port located on the edge of the Ashthamudi Lake . The lake , covering 30% of the Kollam town, is the gateway to the magnificent backwaters of Kerala. The eight hour trip between Kollam and Alappuzha is the longest backwater cruise in the state and is a delightful ride, as one passes through lakes with lotuses and water lilies growing in the water, water birds calling from the banks of the canals, water-bound villages, and the famous Chinese fishing nets.

In ancient times, traders visited Kollam from lands as far away as Phoenicia, Arabia, Greece, Rome and China. In more recent times, the Portuguese established a trading post at Kollam, after which the Dutch and British set up their factories to export spices, sandalwood, ivory and coir.

Tourist spots

There are also some important historical buildings and temples at Kollam like Mata Amrithanandamayi Ashram (an international pilgrimage destination known for its educational and medical institutes), the historic 18th century Thangasseri Fort constructed by the Portuguese, etc.
 

Kottayam Backwaters

Kottayam is being known for a large number of canals, streams, and lakes going through it. The famous Vembanad Lake makes Kottayam backwaters a famous tourist destination, drawing attention of several tourists year after year.

The local rulers of Munjanad and Thekkumkur used Kottayam as their headquarters. Maharaja Marthanda Varma of Travancore defeated the local rulers and captured Kottayam. Today Kottayam is known as the Land of Letters, Latex and Lakes , because of its several rubber plantations and the beautiful Vembanad Lake. The lake and its associated backwaters border Kottayam district on the West, hill ranges to the East and the Ernakulam district to the North.

Tourist spots

Kottayam is an important center of Christianity in Kerala. There are many famous churches in Kottayam including the St Mary's church and the St Joseph's monastery. Some of the famous temples in Kottayam are the Ettumanoor Shiva Temple known for its paintings and sculptures and the Thirunakkara Mahadeva temple.

 

Kozhikode Backwaters

Kozhikode, previously known as Calicut, is an important and scenic town in North Kerala. Be at the Kozhikode backwaters to explore the un-spoilt greens, to hear the chirping of the water birds, and take a boat cruise to discover a spectacular water world. You can sail along the Kallai River and Canoli canal or languor on the Kozhikode beaches.

Once the capital of the powerful Zamorins, a prominent trade and commerce center and the land of the Malabar Mahotsavam, Kozhikode was the most important region of Malabar in earlier days. Today, this district is a much sought after destination with ancient monuments, lush green countryside, serene beaches, historic sites, wildlife sanctuaries, rivers, hills, and an exceptional culture.

Tourist spots You can see exotic bird species in their natural habitat at the Kadalundi bird sanctuary or the ancient lighthouse, or visit the Pookot fresh water Lake at the Kozhikode backwaters. Be enthralled by the purity that springs from the stunning Kappad beach , or at Korapuzha, the venue of the Korapuzha Jalotsavam.


Thiruvallam Backwaters

The palm and coconut fringed emerald backwaters are the most popular and upcoming tourist attraction in Kerala. These tranquil stretches of water once served only as passages for ware laden boats that promised to bring in wealth and good fortune to the state. They have now changed roles to attract thousands of tourists from all over the world, the present day harbingers of wealth and good fortune to Kerala.

At a distance of just 6 km from the state capital, Thiruvanthapuram, the Thiruvallam backwaters are increasingly gaining popularity as a backwater destination. The rivers Killi and karamana meet at this place before plunging into the Arabian Sea. If you are looking forward to soothing your senses, come to Thiruvallam. The greenery- the lush trees and wet paddy fields, the smell of the moist earth and spicy Keralian cuisine; leave yourself at their mercy, they will take care of your senses at large.

What to see

  • Parashurama temple
  • Veli lagoon
  • Veli tourist village
  • Akulam Lake and park
  • Akulam boat club

Accommodations Available

Thiruvallam is a perfect getaway for work worn souls and suitable accommodations for tourists are available.

Koch Kovalam holiday Home is an oasis of tranquility situated on the river bank close to the Vellayani Lake.

Veli Trivandrum Youth Hostel close to the boat club guarantees luxury without torturing your pocket.

If you want to wheel away your time floating on the backwaters among paddy fields and villages, House Boats are at always at your disposal.

Travel Tips

  • Try out authentic Keralian cuisine
  • The local fishing villages are a must see
  • Picnic and boating at Akulam will be entertaining fir your children
  • Wear soft cotton clothings as the climate is hot and moist
  • Do not litter the backwaters, it is out duty to preserve them