Kerala, the God’s own country, is bestowed with a vast coastline fringed with coconut palms, scenic hill stations, enchanting backwaters, cascading waterfalls and exotic wildlife. The backwaters are a chain of salt water lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast of Kerala. Most popular backwaters trails in Kerala spread across the famous Vembanad Lake and Ashtamudi Lake.
Kerala has many backwater trails. Alappuzha or Alleppey and Kumarakom are the most famous destinations of backwaters in Kerala and also most visited tourist places in Kerala. Kerala houseboats, also known as Kettuvallams, are the most popular mode of transportation and also preferred accommodationfor tourists who visit Kerala. Apart from Alleppey & Kumarakom, Kochi, Kollam, Kuttanad, Kottayam and Kozhikode are the other popular trails of Kerala Backwaters.
Kochi or Cochin is one of the most visited backwater destinations in Kerala and also one of the top places to visit in Kerala.Often referred as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, Kochi is considered as one of the finest harbors in the world. Nothing can be fascinating than cruising through the serene lakes of Cochin that are lined up with palm trees. Kochi is the main tourist hub for many Kerala tours and also the starting &ending point of many backwater cruises. Kochi – Alleppey & Kochi – Kollam are the two popular backwater trails of Kochi Tourism.
The unique Chinese fishing nets silhouetted against the backdrop of the setting sun, water birds, wild flowers and lush greenery along their banks and lined with swaying coconut palms, the backwaters in Kochi provides the most breathtaking view. Houseboats are the best way to explore the majestic surroundings of Cochin backwaters as well as Kerala Tourism.
Kollam, also known as Quilon, is one of the most beautiful backwater destinations in Kerala located between the Ashtamudi Lake and Lakshadweep Sea. Ashtamudi Lake covers thirty percent of Kollam district and is the 2nd largest lake in Kerala. The lush green vegetation, placid and crystal clear water makes Kollam the southern gateway to Kerala Backwaters.
Kollam Backwaters are best explored on traditional Kerala houseboats and are equipped with all modern facilities. The eight hour boat trip between Kollam and Alappuzha is the one of the best way to explore the backwaters of Kollam. Kollam -Cochin and Kollam – Kumarakom are the other popular backwater routes.
Kottayam, bounded by Western Ghats on the east and the Vembanad Lake on the west, is a well-known Kerala Backwaters destination and also one of the prominent Kerala places to visit. The famous Vembanad Lake marks Kottayam Backwaters as a renowned tourist destination. The famous Kottayam backwater cruises include sailing in houseboats on the enchanting Vembanad Lake and passing through the legendary Punnamada Lake, viewing the unique lifestyle of people in Kerala.
Kottayam Backwaters are one of the most significant revenue sources of Kottayam Tourism. A backwater cruise in the Kottayam Backwaters is the perfect way to enjoy the beauty of nature in Kerala.
Kuttanad, also known as ‘the rice bowl of Kerala’ is one amongst the most fascinating destinations of Backwaters in Kerala. It stretches for 75 km from Kollam to Kochi, sandwiched between the sea and the hills. The most famed backwater excursion of the Kuttanad region is the full-day journey between Kollam and Alappuzha. Kuttanad is one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level.
Kozhikode, also known as Calicut is a small little town situated in the northern part of Kerala. It is one of the best backwater destinations in Kerala. These backwaters have been blessed by abundant natural beauty, exotic flora and fauna, heritage sites, verdant surroundings, and more. Kadalundi, located 25 km from Kozhikode town, is a beautiful bird sanctuary near the backwater destination of Kozhikode that attracts nature lovers.