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Backwaters of Kerala

The vibrant backwaters are the rich legacy of Kerala. These backwaters have been richly acclaimed throughout the world and backwater tourism in Kerala has become the one of the most sought after holiday options.

Backwaters of KeralaBackwaters are an intricate network of interconnected canals, rivers, lakes and inlets and Kerala is bestowed with spectacular backwaters. The backwater regions are interspersed throughout the state with the Alappuzha and Kumarakom regions being the hub of backwater tourism. The waterways which were the main mode of transport in the past have today transformed into enchanting channels for the luxurious houseboats to glide past offering a visual treat of shimmering waters, swaying coconut trees, lush paddy fields, water lilies, birds, Chinese fishing nets, coir villages, rustic homes by the water side and local people. A cruise along the palm fringed shores in the spectacular houseboats is one of the most exhilarating holiday experiences in God's Own Country, Kerala.

Apart from the visual fiesta of greenery and azure waters, blissful floating experience, Kerala's backwaters reveal a close up of real village life and lifestyle of the people.

The backwater regions of Kerala are:

Alappuzha: Alappuzha, the Venice of the East is a crisscross maze of canals and is the cradle of backwater tourism in the state. The backwaters here are also famous as the venue of the snake boat races, especially the Nehru Trophy Boat Race.

Kuttanad: The Kuttanad region lies adjacent to Alappuzha and is a vast area of partly reclaimed land with paddy cultivation. Its possible to enjoy the unblemished beauty of rural life as the houseboats glide through the waterways in this area.

Kumarakom: Kumarakom, a group of islands amidst canals and lakes is one of the most exotic locations in Kerala. The large Vembanad lake with canals adjacent to the Kuttanad area offers one of the best backwater holiday experience. The resorts in the area offer all the luxuries coupled with backwater tours through the Kuttanad region.The bird sanctuary here is a haven for migratory birds.

Kochi: Kochi has one of the best harbours and its backwaters offer a view of historic attractions like the Jewish Synagogue, Cochin Fort, Mattancherry Palace and St Francis Church. Kochi comprising of picturesque islands, lagoons and rivulets is part of the vast Vembanad lake. Its backwaters drain into the Arabian Sea.

Kollam: Kollam, through which the Ashtamudi Kayal flows through is known as the gateway to the backwaters of Kerala. Infact, 30 per cent of Kollam is covered by the backwaters. Kollam was also one of the ancient ports and an important trading centre. The 8 hours boat ride from Kollam to Alappuzha is the longest cruise in Kerala.

Munroe island: Munroe Island, near Kollam is a cluster of eight tiny islands with a number of canals and water channels. It is surrounded by the Ashtamudi lake, Kallada river and Sasthamcotta lake. It offers sight of rare birds and traditional spice plants. Coir making can be watched at close quarters.

Kasargod: Kasargod in north Kerala is an upcoming backwater destination. It is showered with lovely scenery and is known for rice cultivation and also coir processing. Chandragiri and Valiyaparamba backwaters are the splendour of this region. Backwater cruises are offered here and migratory birds, village life and coir units can be seen on the way.

Kozhikode: Kozhikode has unexplored backwaters and cruising options are being developed. Elathur, the Canoly Canal and the Kallayi River are becoming known for boating and cruising. Korapuzha, the venue of the Korapuzha Jalotsavam is fast becoming a popular water sport destination.

Thiruvallam: Thiruvallam backwaters in the southern end of the Kerala, is just 6 km from Thiruvananthapuram city. The Killi and the Karamana rivers join here to flow into the backwaters. Veli Lagoon and Akkulam are nearby attractions offering water sports facilities.

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