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Bewitching and green, the backwaters of Kerala form the lifeblood of this coastal state that glitters like a raw emerald under the warm sun.
An extensive network of 44 rivers, blue lagoons, streams, lakes and canals that criss-cross, meet and branch out like nerves throughout Kerala, form the exotic backwaters. Sail to delightful spots where salty seas meet fresh river waters and give birth to and sustain rare marine life.
The backwaters of Kerala sparkle and glow with purity, simplicity and raw natural beauty that allures you into narrow water canals fringed with thick leafy shrubs, dense green undergrowth and clusters of coconut palms.
Hire a houseboat and set out on an exploratory cruise that takes you past remote villages clustered around banana and coconut trees, sail along acres of half submerged paddy fields glowing in the warm sun, see bunches of water lilies float past and listen to the cormorants and water birds as you feast your eyes on the unmatched beauty of the backwaters of Kerala, South India.
In the distant past the backwaters of Kerala were the most important mode of transport by which villagers would carry local coir, coconut products, rice and farm produce to the towns and bazaars for business. Though today the backwaters serve as a holiday haven that take you to a unique water world resounding with the music of oars splashing against limpid waters, cackling ducks and giggling children.
Some of the popular Backwaters of Kerala are:
These are exotic backwaters sites. Showered by the Arabian Sea, interlinked by various canals and bridges, these are also known for their exciting Nehru Trophy Boat Race. This event is held every year here and pulls large number of people.
Lies amidst the sea and the hills, Kuttanad is a wonderful maze of glittering waterways comprised of canals, lakes, rivers and rivulets. Marked with rich tropical greenery, it provides you the opportunity to catch the glimpses of rural life of Kerala. The view varies from compressed canals and thick vegetation to open vistas and amazing green paddy fields. Endless tranquility can be experienced here.
The mesmerizing Kerala backwaters around Kollam extend from the Ashthamudi Lake. The interesting boat rides on the sun-kissed water score high points with many tourists visiting the backwaters. The picturesque town of Kollam is known for being the gateway to the wonderful backwaters of Kerala.
Kochi is one such destination that is largely visited by tourists. It is among the popular Kerala backwater destinations. Many backwater cruises start or end in Cochin. It is the natural benefit that has made Kochi a fascinating amalgamation of the cultures. Some of these spectacular islands are Bolgatty, Gundu, Vypeen and Vallarpadam.
The Kottayam backwaters are known among the most exotic backwaters in the Greenland. Scattered with a network of lakes and canals, Kottayam is also popular for its toddy tappers. On its western side lies the Vembanad Lake and a canal, linking the lake with Kottayam. Enjoy a halt in between and roam around the village tea shops, view the toddy tappers at work and be familiar with the locals.
Kumarakom backwater in Kerala is a fascinating site with its beautiful bio-network. The vast paddy fields, rich mangrove forests and coconut woods and varied natural elements of the Kumarakom backwater make it a must visit destination of Kerala backwater tours.
This beautiful town in North Kerala is popular for the Valiyaparamba stretch of backwaters. They make it an incredibly beautiful along the coast of Kerala. Travel through this beautiful backwater on Kerala backwater tours.
This beautiful destination is the capital of Kerala. Earlier known as Trivandrum, it is the starting point for your travel of Kerala backwater destinations. It is also famous for its museums, Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple and the vicinity to the beautiful Kovalam beach. The main backwater areas of the place Thiruvallam and Veli.