Kerala Backwater Tourism
Kerala backwaters is a network which comprises of 1.5 thousand km of canals that are both manmade and naturally occurring, 38 river bodies and 5 lakes stretching from end to end in Kerala.
Backwater tourism is one of the major attractions of Kerala tourism, being the only one in the country. The tradition was to use these backwaters for transport, whereas today it delivers a refreshing tourism experience to travelers.
The backwaters can be navigated via renting a boat. If one wants to cruise these beautiful waters for more than just a day then one can hire a navigator and a chef, which make sure you don’t get lost or go hungry while enjoying your sojourn.
The Ashtamudi Lake, situated in the district of Kollam is the most beautiful and accessible part of the Kerala backwaters. It is the 2nd largest lake in Kerala and is an abode for several endangered aquatic species. Houseboats have made backwater tourism enjoyable as one can stay overnight in one of these luxurious houseboats while drifting over the beautiful waters.
Located in the districts of Ernakulam, Kottayam and Alapuzha, the Vembanad backwaters are sprinkled with many islands which are interconnected via ferries and bridges. The backwaters are calm and easily navigable thanks to the numerous islands which break the oncoming sea waves.
If one is looking forward to relatively unexplored backwaters, the Kannur-Valiyaparambu Backwaters that are situated in the districts of Kasargod and Kannur offer astonishing natural beauty and tiny uninhabited islands.
Apart from the above 3 popular backwater regions, small lagoons can be discovered in almost every district of Kerala. The most renowned ones are -
Canoli Canal and Kallai Backwaters: Situated in the Kozhikode district of Kerala. It is well known for the bird sanctuary at Kadalundi which is ideal for bird watchers and those who love nature. Situated close by, Korapuzha offers water sports opportunities at its Jalotsavam festival.
Kumbalangi Backwaters: Situated near Kochi, part of the Vembanadu Lake is well known for village tours, where canoes are used to navigate through the maze of mangroves which is a one of a kind experience in Kerala packages.
Akkulam Veli Backwaters and Thiruvallam Lagoons: Situated in the Thiruvananthapuram district. Thiruvallam is a religious destination whereas Akkulam-Veli is popular for its mega eco-tourism project.
The best way to experience the backwaters is by Houseboats which are also traditionally known as Kettu-vallams. Apart from these, yachts and large cruises are also in operation here. So don’t wait any longer, book one of the Kerala holiday packages now!