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Backwaters of Kerala

Kerala's backwaters is the most popular tourist attraction of Kerala. The backwaters of Kerala is a unique product of Kerala and is found nowhere else in the world. The green, sinuous, palm fringed backwaters of Kerala are unique in themselves. The backwaters of Kerala are a self supporting eco-system teeming with aquatic life. Backwaters are a network of lakes, canals and estuaries and deltas of 44 rivers that drain into the Arabian sea, and it stretches to almost 1,900 kilometers.

backwater1, kerala backwatersAlappuzha (Alleppey) Backwaters
Alappuzha also known as the Venice of the East, is one of the major centres for backwater tour in Kerala. A singular characteristic of this land is the region called Kuttanad. The Granary of Kerala, Kuttanad called the rice bowl of Kerala, is perhaps the only place in the world were farming is done below sea level. With Arabian sea on the west, Alappuzha has a large network of lakes, lagoons and several freshwater rivers intersections. Boat races, houseboat holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry are some of the major attractions offered by Alappuzha.

Kumarakom Backwaters
Kumarakom is situated 15 km from Kottayam, on National Highway (NH) 47 between Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) and Kochi (Cochin). Kumarakom is also a centre for houseboat cruises. Boating and fishing facilities are available at Kumarakom. Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands located on the banks of the famous Vembanad Lake. This unique backwater destination situated on the banks of the Vembanad lake is considered the gateway to the backwaters of Kuttanad. Kumarakom is 14-acre bird sanctuary known for local varieties of water fowl, cuckoo, water ducks, and migrating Siberian storks.The water ways of Kumarakom is now a big attraction for tourist.

Pathiramanal or sands of midnight, is a captivating little island between Thaneermukkom and Kumarakom. From Alappuzha, it takes one and a half hours by motor boat to reach Pathiramanal. The island is a favourite haunt of hundreds of rare migratory birds from different parts of the world.

Kollam (Quilon) Backwaters
Known as the entry and exit point of the backwaters of Kerala, Kollam is situated 71 km to the north of Thiruvananthapuram. One of the oldest ports of the Malabar coast, Kollam was once the centre of the international trade. Sprinkled with many historical remnants, Kollam can be rightly called the gateway to the legendary backwaters of Kerala. Kollam (Quilon) architecturalremnants and a number of temples built in the traditional ornate style are the witness of the enchanting history of this town.backwater2, kerala backwaters

30% of this historic town is covered by the renowned Ashtamudi Lake. The eight hour boat trip between Kollam and Alappuzha is the longest & most enchanting experience of Kerala's backwaters.

Alumkadavu is a scenic little village along the Kayamkulam lake, 23 kms from Kollam town. Alumkadavu is halfway on the route to Alappuzha from Kollam. This quiet little backwater village in Karunagapally town is famed for its boat building yard. It is here that the gigantic kettuvallams (cargo boats of rural Kerala) were built. Today the Kettuvallams which were long replaced by modern means of transport, have been converted into houseboats.

Cochin (Kochi) Backwaters
Kochi also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Kochi is a cluster of islands on the vast expanse of the Vembanad Lake, Kochi is the commercial hub of Kerala. The lake opens out into the Arabian Sea here to form one of the finest natural harbours in the world. It is this natural advantage that has made Kochi a fascinating blend of the cultures and influences of explorers and traders who visited this wealthy land. Some of these picturesque islands are Bolgatty, Vypeen, Gundu and Vallarpadam. Kochi is a city, rich with the whiff of history.

Trivandrum Backwaters
A short distance from Thiruvananthapuram is the Veli Aakulam lagoon. Water sports, a floating restaurant, an amusement park, speedboats and other facilities make this spot a tourist attraction. The east end of the lake is flanked by two scenic hillocks. Spotted with numerous beaches and backwater stretches, Thiruvananthapuram is a tourist hotspot. The main backwater areas of Thrivananthapuram are Thiruvallam and Veli.

Thiruvallam is 6 kms from Thiruvananthapuram city. Thiruvallam offers a serene expanse of backwaters ideal for canoe rides. A famous Parashurama temple is located here.

Veli Tourist Village
Veli is at a distance of 8 kms from Thirivananthapuram City. Situated between the Veli Lagoon and the Arabian Sea, Veli has facilities for water sports in the lagoon and an 18 acre waterfront park with a floating bridge that connects the village to the beach.

Akkulam Boat Club
Situated 8 kms from Thiruvananthapuram City, Akkulam offers boating facilities. There is a children's park also at this place.

Kottayam Backwatersbackwater3, kerala backwaters
“The land of lakes, latex and letters”, that’s what it is famously called. “Kottayam” is a name composed of two words, “Kotta” which means fort and “Akkam” meaning inside. The Kottayam backwaters is one of the most exotic Backwaters in Kerala. Interspersed with a network of canals and lakes, Kottayam is also known for its toddy tappers. On its western side is the Vembanad Lake and a canal co0nnects the Lake with Kottayam. Stop in between and visit the village tea shops, see the toddy tappers at work and mingle with the locals. Disembark the boat at Kottayam A cruise from Alleppey through these backwaters leave you enchanted and with the most beautiful moments of your life.

Ernakulam || Kollam || Palakkad || Idukki || Kottayam || Pathanamthitta || Kannur || Kozhikode
Thiruvananthapuram || Kasaragod || Malappuram || Wayanad || Alappuzha
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