Perhaps the most unique and splendorous feature of Kerala are its backwaters. Lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast, these enchanting water bodies calls forth nature lovers, avid travellers and honeymooners from all across India and outside.
Almost every Kerala holiday packages make sure that a visit to the splendorous backwaters is included in your itinerary.
Backwaters of Kerala are the chain of brackish lagoons, lakes and rivers that adorn the enchanting beauty of this verdant region. The most serene ones can be found in Kumarakom, Alappuzha, Kollam, Kozhikode and Trivandrum. Often frequented by tourists, these backwaters are dotted with charming houseboats where you can stay and be a part of God’s Own country. Here’s a list of the most popular backwater lagoons that you shouldn’t miss in Kerala.
Alappuzha is rightly nick named as ‘Venice of the East’. The serenity and the splendour of the backwaters here is unmatched. The verdant grasslands that surround the water bodies here offer many opportunities to spot rare species of birds that fly around and turn the milieu yet more enticing. Many backwater cruises begin and ends at Alappuzha.
The backwaters of Vembanad Lake in Kumarakom offer amazing backwater cruises in Kerala. The vast canals, streams and distributaries of the Kumarakom backwaters are what that makes it unique. A cruise in these backwaters in a country boat takes you across some of the most charming villages in the region.
Kollam backwaters comprises the most important part of Kerala tourism. This beautiful coast line of Kerala is famous for fishing. In the earlier days it used to be a significant centre for coastal business and trade. Hence, it’s considered to be one of the oldest ports in the Malabar Coast. You can look at the traditional ornate architectural styles in a boat cruise in the backwaters of Kollam.
If you want to experience the untouched beauty of Kerala backwaters, it’s Kozhikode that you should visit. Less commercialized than the other backwaters, Kozhikode backwaters offer the cruises that you will not forget in your lifetime. The most important locations for boating are Elathur, the Canolly Canal and the Kallai River.