If you are planning a holiday away from the hustle-bustle of the daily city life, it has to be the South Indian state of Kerala. Referred to as ‘God’s Own Country’, it is the perfect destination for both business and leisure traveller. The natural web of Kerala backwaters, serene beaches, 44 rivers, silent lakes, thick tropical forests, canals, etc. are major attractions for the tourists from all around the world. Visit the backwater destinations in Kerala and enjoy a memorable vacation. Cruise along the backwaters by going aboard a Ketuvallam or a traditional houseboat to experience the scenic beauty of the state.
During your backwater cruise, you can in indulge in bird watching, can enjoy the sight of coconut groves, paddy fields, villagers indulged in their daily activities, can visit the popular tourist attractions, can have a first-hand experience of prawn farming and coir making and so on.
Have a memorable Backwater tour in Kerala at the following destinations:
The northernmost district of Kerala, Kasargod offers a backwater cruise to mesmerizing Chandragiri Fort, placed on the banks of River Chandragiri, that offers an amazing view of the river and the Arabian sea and Valiyaparamba, famed for being one of the most beautiful backwater stretches. Bekal fort, Kappil and Pallikere beaches in Kasargod, are the other nearby attractions.
Formerly known as Alleppey, Alappuzha can undoubtedly be called the best popular backwater destination in Kerala. Because of being surrounded by canals and several other waterways, it is also known as the Venice of the East. During your backwater tour, you visit the popular coir industries, Chinese fishing nets, the villages, toddy tappers at works, views of paddy and coconut fields. You also enjoy spotting beautiful colourful waterbirds, greenery and the flowers. You have a number of options to choose from- Alleppey to Quilon, Alleppey to Kottayam or a backwater cruise on the Punnamada Kayal. Alappuzha backwater is also known for its Snake Boat Race, Nehru Trophy Boat Race.
Around 71 km northwards of Thiruvananathapuram, Kollam is well-known for its cashew nut processing and trading industry. Earlier known as Quilon, it is placed on the banks of Ashtamudi Lake. An 8-hour backwater trip between Alleppey and Kollam is a delightful one and is also the longest one. You get a chance to explore the villagers, water birds, Chinese fishing nets, water lilies, Thangasseri Fort, Mata Amrithanandamayi Ashram and more.
Formerly known as Calicut, Kozhikode is a picturesque town in the northern region of Kerala. Just opt for a boat cruise and explore the amazing backwaters of Kozhikode. Discover the beauty of River Kallai, the Kozhikode beaches and the Canoli Canal. Admire the scenery sprinkled all around you. You can also visit Pookot fresh water lake, Kappad beach, the ancient lighthouse, can indulge in bird watching at the Kadalundi bird sanctuary.
Placed at a distance of 6 km from Thiruvananthapuram, the backwaters of Thiruvallam have become a popular backwater destination from the past few years. This stretch was earlier used by the trading boats. One of the major highlights of this backwater route is the meeting point of Rivers Killi and Karamana. Veli lagoon and tourist village, Parashurama temple, Akulam lake and park and the Akulam boat club are some of the main tourist attractions.
A sequence of island, tiny streams, lagoons and gyrating coconut palm trees are some of the main features of the beautiful Kochi backwaters. During your backwater cruise, you get a chance to visit attractions like coir making villages, coconut plantations and a cluster of island on the Lake Vembanad. In the ancient times, there were trade relations between the rulers of Kochi and the British, Dutch, Chinese, Portuguese and Arabs wherein Kochi backwater stretch was also used.
The backwaters of Kottayam are marked by water resources such as a number of canals, lakes including Vembanad Lake and streams. Kottayam backwaters is every year visited by a large number of tourists from all around the year. It is known as one of the most beautiful backwater routes of all the Kerala backwaters. A visit to the rubber plantations is one of the major attractions here.
Situated at a distance of 16 km from Kottayam, Kumarakom backwaters, a cluster of small islands on the Vembanad Lake, is one of the most well-known backwater routes in the south Indian state of Kerala. This stretch has been blessed with scenic beauty comprising of streams, canals and distributaries. Fishing, houseboat cruise, boat races and canoeing are some of the prime attractions of Kumarakom. Just go on-board a Ketuvallam and have a nice time.