The captivating Kerala backwaters can rightly be termed as a beautiful painting by God that is thing of amazement. The coastal region of Kerala has a network of 1500 kms of both natural as well as manmade canals, 5 big lakes and 38 rivers that spans from one end of the state to the other. These waterways are called the backwaters of Kerala. Traditionally used as the chief transportation mode, these backwaters today are the prime contributor to the Kerala’s tourism industry and undoubtedly, the best way to explore the mesmerizing panorama of this south Indian beach state. One who wants to enjoy this journey can opt for Kerala backwater tour.
You can explore the backwaters by hiring a boat as per your luxury cruise holidays in India. In case, you are going to spend more than a day, then the houseboat, also known as Kettuvalloms, has a navigator and a cook to prepare sumptuous Keralite delicacies, along with other world-class facilities. You cruise along the villages, paddy fields, coconut grooves and palm trees. The whole trip is completely mesmerizing with an enchanting view of the leafy plants, colorful surroundings, bushes and pandanus shrubs. One of the major highlights is exploring the wildlife of the region and bird watching where you can spot terns, kingfishers, darters, and more.
However, if you do not want to stay aboard the houseboat but just want to explore the beauty of the nature, for a day then you can also opt for luxury hotels in Kerala. You will have a comfortable stay amidst every world-class facility. Such hotels here offers services and amenities same as beach resorts in India.
Some of the most popular and incredible destinations of Kerala backwaters as given below:
An amazing place to get close to the nature where you can admire the surrounding lush greenery and the chirping birds. This place is flocked by holidaymakers and honeymooners alike with Vembanad Lake being the major attractions. Other popular highlights are Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, houseboats and Ayurvedic resorts.
A very well-known spot of the Kerala backwater with long snake boats (Chundanvalloms) being the major highlight, managed by team of rowers. Popular as ‘Venice of the East’, the places have captivating canals and waterways and plays host to the annual Nehru Trophy Snake Boat race.
A famed port city, earlier known as Cochin, Kochi is home to colonial structures, beautiful beaches, islands, forts and other historical monuments. You must explore places like Vallarpadam, Vypeen, Bolgatty and Gundu during backwater cruising.
Gateway of the Kerala backwaters, it is around 70 kms from the capital of the state. Explore the unspoilt beauty of this ancient seaport, located on the banks of the Ashtamudi Lake.
Formerly known as known as Calicut, Kozhikode is full of energy and an important spot of Kerala backwaters. While cruising, you can enjoy the historical structures on the shore along with the nature’s beauty.
A district of North Kerala, it is quite popular and has unbelievably mesmerizing chain of forts, green corridors along the Kerala coast, coupled with Valiyaparamba stretch of backwaters. While cruising, treat your eyes to the surrounding lush scenery.
Accredited as the ‘Ricebowl of Kerala’, Kuttanad offers you a great experience. While flowing on rhythmic backwaters, have an excellent site of the fertile paddy fields that is a real treat to your eyes. Located on below sea level, they are barricaded by the eastern backwaters.
A great and unforgettable experience of exploring backwaters along with the scenic hills of the inland, this is what Kottayam has to offer to you. While cruising, have a splendid view of the banana and rubber plantations.
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Contributed by – Geetika Handa