If Kerala can be called as one of the most beautiful places in India then backwaters surely must be its priceless adornment. A chain or network of waterways, lagoons, estuaries, lakes and canals, backwaters are something which is unique only to this region of the country. Enveloped in the flourishing greenery, the backwaters provide a glimpse into simple and enchanting country life of Kerala. Moreover, with its salubrious and holistic surroundings that furnish enough privacy, backwaters are great honeymoon destinations too. Full with most unique experiences, Backwaters are the place that you should visit at least once in your lifetime. In this article, we describe the Most Beautiful Backwaters Destinations in Kerala.

Here are 10 best backwaters destinations in Kerala for a wonderful holiday:

Alleppey Backwaters

Alleppey Backwaters: backwaters destinations in kerala

A picture perfect destination, called the ‘Venice of the East’, Alleppey Backwaters is numero uno choice for travelers looking for a pure backwater experience. Permeated with beautiful, palm fringed canals that wind through exotic paddies and little hamlets that flank on the either side of these canals, Alleppey is a doubtlessly a visual treat that is hard to forget.

The houseboats that adorn over these canals offer the best opportunity to relax and unwind and indulge in genuine backwater treat. Alleppey is venue of several boat races during the harvesting season. It is also one of the favorite destinations for travelers from outside India.

  • Gaze at the mesmerizing sunset
  • Catch the sight of beautiful birds flying the clear skies
  • Enjoy thrilling boat race (August)
Best time to visit Alleppey: November – February
Nearest railway station: Alleppey railway station 
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport

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Kumarakom Backwaters

Kumarakom Backwaters

Situated on the exotic Vembanad Lake, which is one of the largest and most picturesque fresh water lakes in Asia, Kumarakom is often described as a tourist’s paradise. A cluster of small islets that together offer most exquisite views, this amazing backwater destination is home to fascinating, multi-colored bird species and a great number of exotic freshwater fishes.

The flora include wonderful blooms and splendid vegetation that will excite any nature enthusiast. There are plenty of options to exercise for a traveler. From exploring the bird’s sanctuary to enjoying the peculiar wildlife as well as exploring and fishing, Kumarakom is a great place to enjoy a perfect lazy and laid-back holiday.

  • Witness snake boat racing
  • Enjoy the feast organized by the local people of Kerala
Best time to visit Kumarakon: August – September
Nearest railway station of Kumarakom: Alleppey railway station 
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport

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Kottayam Backwaters

Kottayam Backwaters: backwaters destinations in kerala

Kottayam is one of the most important and exotic destinations in Kerala. A place with one of the highest literacy rates in the state, Kottayam is also a land that has been made free from tobacco. Surrounded by the majestic Western Ghats on its eastern side and the exotic Vembanad Lake and the paddy fields of Kuttanad on the Western side, the district is full of some amazing and unique characteristics.

Often called the land of triple L’s- letters, latex and lakes, Kottayam has wonderful backwater stretches, verdant paddy fields, extensive rubber plantations and exquisite highlands that make it a great place to have leisure and enjoy some incredible time under the sun.

  • Go on an overnight trip to the serene Punnamada lake
  • See the lifestyle of Kerala people while passing through Kerala villages
Best time to visit Kottayam: September – March
Nearest railway station: Kottayam railway station
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport

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Kozhikode Backwaters

Kozhikode Backwaters

Formerly known as Calicut, Kozhikode is one of the best backwaters destination in Kerala, having the charm of having unspoiled and pristine beauty. It is the same place where the famous explorer, Vasco Da Gama landed in 1498, thus discovering India for the rest of the world. It was popularly referred to as great province of the Malabar and was an important British trading outpost where trade thrived with the merchants of Arabia.

The place has some pleasant tourist attractions. The bird sanctuary in Kadalundi is wonderful place for bird enthusiasts while Korapuzha, which is the setting for the Korapuzha Jalotsavam is also catching up to be an exciting water sporting destination.

  • Enjoy a cruise through the serene Kozhikode Beach
  • Witness the two piers and lighthouse
  • Visit Pazhassirajah Museum to see a rare coin collection by Vasco Di Gama and the Britishers
Best time to visit Kozhikode: October – March
Nearest railway station: Kozhikode railway station
Nearest airport: Calicut International Airport

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Kollam Backwaters

Kollam Backwaters: backwaters destinations in kerala

Kollam was one of the major and historic trading centers in Kerala. Standing on the banks of the famous Ashtamudi Lake, Kollam is a beautiful gateway to the incredible backwaters of Kerala. A place that is exceedingly picturesque, the charms of Kollam revolves around its fascinating lakes, canals, exotic flora and fauna and fertile sights.
Kollam is the starting point of the longest backwater cruise in Kerala that ends in Alapuzzha. The cruise, taking approximately 8 hours offer stunning views of the Keralan countryside and thoroughly luxurious and relaxing. One can also watch the famous Chinese nets called the “Cheenavala” which are inextricably associated with the history of Kollam.

  • Have a glance at the abundance of nature
  • Enjoy the sight of many exotic birds
  • Socialize with the locals and learn their tradition and culture
Best time to visit Kollam: September – October
Nearest railway station: Kollam railway station
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport


Kasaragod Backwaters

Kasaragod Backwaters

Kassargod is the northernmost district of Kerala and is famously called the land of seven languages and seven cultures. The picturesque sights on the Chandragiri River and at Valiyaparamba are some of the most beautiful views you will ever encounter. Kasaragod is bounded by the majestic Western Ghats on the eastern side and the vast Arabian Sea on the Western front.

Blessed with verdant views with 12 rivers flowing through its plains, there is plenty in Kasaragod to delight the eyes. On the one hand, the boat cruise takes you on an enchanting ride, while on the other hand the sights of the Bekal fort never fails to mesmerize. If however you are fond of beach destination and love to relax while rejuvenating, then Pallikere and Kappil Beach are the destination you should head to.

  • Seek blessings at Mundya Temple
  • Give prayers at Padanna Juma Masjid and Town Modideen Masjid
Best time to visit Kasaragod: June, July, August
Nearest railway station: Cheruvathur railway junction
Nearest airport: Mangalore International Airport

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Kochi Backwaters

Kochi Backwaters

Known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Kochi comprise a number of islands that have some of the most enchanting sights. The islands like the Bolgatty, Vyppin, Gundu and Vallarpadam have wonderful cruises that take you through the winding waterways to several incredible locations. Kochi came under the rule of several dynasties and imperial powers and all of them, particularly the Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and the British have left their marks and identities.

Most of the important attractions of Kochi such as Fort Kochi, Jewish Synagogue, Bolgatty Palace, Mattancheery and others are located on the shores of the backwaters and this forms a great draw. An ideal place to start exploring the incredible diversity of Kerala, Kochi is great place to collect some wonderful memories of Kerala.

  • Watch the cargo ships, passenger ships, or boats passing by
  • Catch the sight of Chinese fishing nets
  • Enjoy the lush greenery along the banks
Best time to visit Kochi: October – February
Nearest railway station: Cochin Harbour Terminus station
Nearest airport: Kochi Airport


Cherai Island Backwaters


Cruising through Cherai Island Backwaters is an enchanting experience that every tourist must take. It is the perfect combination of sea and the backwaters offering ultimate relaxation with mesmerizing views. The glittering calm waters with coconut trees enhance the beauty of these backwaters. Get a glance at the canals and admire the coir making art. This backwater ride will revive the tourists with scenic views and a cool breeze. Witnessing the Kollam Kottapuram National Water Way while traveling from Kochi to Cherai is a wonderful experience.

  • Enjoy leisure time with loved ones
  • Stay at a stunning resort
  • Experience the Cherai island backwaters on a houseboat tour
Best time to visit: Throughout the year
Nearest railway station: Ernakulam railway station
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport


Thiruvananthapuram Backwaters


Enjoy the ride on Thiruvananthapuram backwaters in Kerala and admire the stunning and lively spectacle. Tour in the traditional houseboats known as Kettuvallams and witness the scenic backwaters of Thiruvananthapuram. Relax amidst lush green vegetation, clear wears, and lagoons. Thiruvananthapuram backwaters stretch over 200 square km and is an experience to cherish forever. On a visit to Kerala, cruise through one of the most beautiful backwaters. 

  • The chirping of birds and the gushing waters are music to ears
  • Enjoy the view of canoe rides meeting at rivers Killi and Karamana
  • Visit the temple dedicated to the founder of Kerala, Parashurama
  • Indulge in water sports 
Best time to visit: October – February
Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram central railway station
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport


Valiyaparamba Backwaters


The largest backwaters in North Kerala and the third-largest backwaters in Kerala, Valiyaparamba Backwaters is a must-try tour on a Kerala visit. They are located in the northern part of Kavvayi backwaters which runs through Kasargod district. Tourists can enjoy the unspoiled natural beauty through its rustic charm and peaceful ambiance. Valiyaparamba Backwaters is exceptionally calm and tourists can relax with stunning views all around.

  • Tru fishing with a traditional equipment 
  • Go hunting for crabs
Best time to visit: September – February
Nearest railway station: Kasaragod railway station
Nearest airport: Mangalore airport


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