Watching the burnt-orange sunset, softly caressing the pristine water lagoons gurgling past the rhythmic currents of Kerala Backwaters, one does get to touch the embryonic side of ‘God’s Own Country’. From the lily-strewn water, tantalising Arabian coastline to turquoise lakes to the idyllic backwaters of Kerala, every single entity creates an enchanting, exhilarating and enamouring experience.
These backwaters are a 1500-km-long tangle of brackish lagoons, lakes, rivers and canals stretching parallel to Arabian Sea Coast. It includes 38 rivers, 6 large lakes as well as natural and man-made canals. They also flaunt rich biological diversity, fertile vegetation and laid-back village life. The Alappuzha-Kumarakom backwater cruise is one of the most famous cruises in Kerala.
The canopied Kettuvallam, aimlessly cruising along the river, was once used for transporting rice and spices in the past. Hence, the history of Kettuvallam witnessing a growth from thatched roof-covers, fastened wooden planks to enhanced interior decor has played a pivotal role in the growth of Kerala Tourism. These days, even yachts and large cruisers operate on these backwaters.
Following are the important backwater regions in Kerala
Including the regions of Alleppey, Kottayam and Ernakulam; the Vembanad Lake is one of the longest lakes in Asia. The northern tip of Vembanad Lake starts from Kochi harbour, dotted with inter-connected bridges and ferries. Kochi, fondly called as the ‘Queen of Arabian Sea’, is elegantly encircled by the local houseboats, small strips of land, lagoons and islands.
The southern-tip of Vembanad Lake ends at Alleppey and Kottayam, renowned for its natural beauty, enthralling marine-life and luxurious cruises. Alleppey is known for the highest network of lagoons and canals. Kottayam, on the other hand, is famous for its quaint sleepy village that tempt international tourists for discovering something new in Kerala.
It is fondly called as the ‘Gateway to Kerala Backwaters.’ It is famous for Alleppey to Kollam houseboat cruise. Located in Kollam district, it is one of the largest fresh-water lakes in India. Its inter-connecting canals and waterways connect most of Southern Kerala.
It is one of the most visited backwater regions in Kerala. This palm-shaped unique ecosystem preserves few of the most endangered marine lives in India. Innumerable backwater and houseboat resorts have sprouted in this wetland. Watching locals involved in coir production, coconut husk retting and fishing is a common sight to behold.
Most embryonic of all backwaters, it offers the best view of natural beauty as well as several uninhabited small islands. Nevertheless, Valiyaparamba backwaters are counted in the list of fastest growing backwater destinations in the state. Coir and handloom industries along with fishing have added to the popularity of Valiyaparamba Island.
The other famous backwater destinations in Kerala include Akkulam-Veli backwaters, Kallai backwaters, Canoli Canal, Alumkadavu Backwaters and others. These are also famous for boat-racing and ethnic festivals.
When to Reach
Opt for your Kerala Backwater Holidays anytime of the year at our affordable and unbeatable prices. Though, the best time to take a cruise is from October to March due to pleasant weather conditions.
How to Reach
Air: The Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport to start your cruise in the Vembanad Backwater, located 90km away from Alleppey and Kottayam.
Rail: The major railheads are Kottayam Junction and Alleppey Town.
Road: State and National highways connect most of the backwater regions.
Thus, with all said and done, it’s high time to explore the best of Kerala Backwater packages as you get pumped up to visit God’s Own Country. Get started, right away!
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