Have you ever thought which is the most famous aspect of tours to Kerala? No vacation in Kerala is ever complete, no matter how brief, without exploring the enchanting backwater region. Fondly referred to as the ‘God’s Own Country’, the title portends the magnificence, treasure troves of nature and gracious hospitality offered in Kerala. Although the splendors of Kerala also include beaches, hill stations, colonial properties, the popularity and admiration earned by the backwater region is unprecedented.
Lined by the waving ferns of coconut palm trees, these backwaters are the backbone of tourism in this southern Indian state. A large network of canals and rivulets, making its way through vast paddy fields and lush plantations. The 900 kilometer stretch of waterways, also known as backwaters, includes 44 rivers, out of which 41 flows westwards.
The backwaters mainly cover four districts of Kerala- Alleppey, Kochi, Kollam and Kuttanand. Among the major water bodies in Kerala along the backwaters is the famous Vembanad Lake, which extends over 200 square kilometers and has acquired the distinction of being the largest backwater stretch. This lake is spanned across three districts- Alappuzha, Kottayam and Kochi and meets the sea in Kochi. These backwaters are famous for their picturesque views and ultimate solitude. Read on…
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Often referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’, Alappuzza is the most magnificent backwater site in Kerala. Formerly known as Alleppey, this beautiful backwater is the network of lakes, lagoons, water channels and verdant natural beauty. It serves as the starting and ending point for several backwater cruises. Kettuvallams meandering through these serene palm fringed backwaters, lush rice paddy fields and rustic environs add to the charm of backwater cruise. Every year, on the occasion of Onam, Alappuzha plays host to the famous Nehru Snake Boat Race, which is an enthralling treat for the guests.
One of the oldest seaports in Kerala, Kollam bears testimony to the rise and fall of many empires through the trade route. It is well known for its and cashew industries. The splendid temples of Kollam are designed in traditional style, which allows tourists to marvel at their beautiful architecture. Another important which form a part of the backwaters is Ashtamudi Lake, the most popular gateway to the Kollam backwaters. Bucolic countryside, archaic character and the local bazaars suffused with nostalgia, Kollam offers this and much more to people looking forward to a tranquil outing in Kerala.
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Fondly called as the ‘Rice Bowl of Kerala’, Kuttanand is one of the most preferred backwater destinations in Kerala. It is beautifully segregated by its lush landscape and picturesque views. The varied features of Kuttanand in the form of waterways, rivulets, streams and channels make it possible for the Kettuvalams to float and allows tourists to enjoy the breathtaking views of the countryside.
Also known as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, Kochi is the most sought after backwater destination in the state of Kerala. History permeates in the ambience of Kochi as it presents a fine blend of Portuguese, Dutch and English grafted on this port city. It is believed to be the finest natural harbor in the world. Cruises and ferry rides around the man-made islands with verdant gardens kissing the water’s edge is an absolutely fascinating experience. So gear up to witness an exquisite blend of traditional and modern in this colonial town.
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2 comments on "Tours to Kerala: The Land of Exotic Backwaters"
wow, the boats are impressing. I want to have one…
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