Kerala Backwaters


The Kerala backwaters are a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast (known as the Malabar Coast) of Kerala state in southern India. The network includes five large lakes linked by canals, both manmade and natural, fed by 38 rivers, and extending virtually half the length of Kerala state. The backwaters were formed by the action of waves and shore currents creating low barrier islands across the mouths of the many rivers flowing down from the Western Ghats range.

 

Alappuzha Backwaters:
Alleppey 'Venice of the East', figures prominently on the tourist trail as one of the major centers for backwater boat trips, served by ferries to Quilon and Kottayam in particular. One of the best-known ports along the coast of Malabar.

 

Cochin Backwaters:
More popular as the Queen of Arabian Sea, kochi is a cluster of islands on the vast expanse of the Vembanad Lake. Some of these picturesque islands are Bolgatty, Vypeen, Gundu, and VallarpadamIt has a fine natural harbor around which the city has grown.

 

Kassargod Backwaters:
The northernmost district of Kerala, Kassarkod is situated on the sea coast with the Western Chats on its east and northern borders.Kasargod is known for its coir and handloom industries.Fishing is a prime source of livelihood.Grey rocks and barren land amidst decse vegetation as well as calm lagoons visible through the coconut palms along the coastal beltlend this districta rare and different beauty.

 

Kollam Backwaters:
This historic coastline district known for its marine and cashew industries was one of the oldest ports on the Malabar coast and a major international trading point .30% of this town is covered by the renowned Ashtamudi Lake, making it the gateway to the magnificent backwaters of Kerala..The backwaters around Kollam, which extend from the Ashthamudi Lake, are exceedingly beautiful.The backwater tour from Kollam to Alappuzha is the longest cruise in Kerala. This boat ride from Kollam to Alappuzha takes 8 hours and is a delightful ride, with lotuses and water lilies growing in the water, water birds calling from the banks and otters splashing and playing in the water

 

Kottayam Backwaters:
Kottayam is a beautiful Kerala backwater destinationKottayam - "the land of lakes, latex and letters", that's what it is famously called. Interspersed with a network of canals and lakes, Kottayam is also known for its toddy tappers. This is one place where you will find that even one person is not illiterate. The beautiful Vembanand Lake and its associated backwaters border Kottayam district on the West. Kottayam is located in an area of great natural beauty and you're sure to be enchanted by the scenery around Kottayam on Kerala tours with Kerala Backwater.

 

Kozhikode Backwaters:
The Unexplored backwaters of Kozhikode hold great promises of enchanting holiday options. Elathur, the Canolly Canal and the Kallai river are favorite haunts for boating. Kadalundi, with its beautiful bird sanctuary is a charming site. Korapuzha, the venue of the Korapuzha Jalotsavam is becoming a popular water sport destination.

 

Kumarakom Backwaters:
Kumarakom is one of the well known backwater destinations in Kerala. Boating and fishing facilities are available at the Tourist retreats in Kumarakom. The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and is part of the Kuttanad region. The bird sanctuary here, is a favorite haunt of migratory birds . Egrets, darters, herons, teal, waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian stork that live here in flocks are a fascination for visitors. The best way to watch the birds of the Kumarakom sanctuary is a boat trip round the islands.

 

Kuttanad Backwaters:
Kuttanad is the heart of the exotic backwaters of the fascinating costal region of Kerala. The place is unique in the sense as it is the only place where farming is done below the sea level, which is about 1.5 to 2 meters below sea level. The wondrous landscape of Kuttanad is amazingly sandwiched between the sea and the hills, stretching across a distance of 75 Km, plainly justifying its reputation as one of the best Backwaters of Kerala. The experience of sailing lazily on a vast stretch of labyrinthine water world in a Kettuvollam (the local term for a houseboat), sitting on the deck of the huge traditional houseboat of Kerala, is simply a ravishing experience. Watching villagers usually going on with their life and work, swarthy children swaying their hands to render their heart-felt greetings and oneself feasting the soul on the serenity and purity of the beauty of nature offered here, is just the experience anticipated when a visit to this part of the Indian peninsula is planned in winters of India.

 

Malappuram Backwaters:
Malappuram is situated between the Lakshdweep sea on the east, the beautiful Nilgiri hills on the west.Beaches, Backwaters, hills and valleys, ancient pilgrimage centres, the birth place of Malayalam literature, the headquarters of the traditional Indian medicinal system of Ayurveda, all that and more await the adventurous traveller in this northern part of the southern Indian state of Kerala.

 

Trivandrum Backwaters:
Trivandrum the capital of Kerala means 'the place of the sacred serpent' .Its splendid past is to be seen in its old buildings, most of them built in wood in the Kerala Style, with tiled roofs and carved gables, in its botanical garden and Zoo , in its wide roads and public buildings and in its lively intellectual life. Some of Kerala's leading film makers, poets and writers live here.