Glacial blue waters welcome you to Kerala. Give your photos a picture perfect background
with the backwaters of Kerala. Glide on a houseboat to know why the entire world
is so hooked to this place. And then, you may see a fisherman lazily racing past
your boat, humming a keralite tune all to himself, leaving you wondering about the
happiness this place brings.
The Kerala backwaters are a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to
the Arabian Sea coast (known as the Malabar Coast) ofKerala 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.
The Kerala Backwaters are a network of interconnected canals, rivers, lakes and inlets,
a labyrinthine system formed by more than 900 km of waterways, and sometimes compared
to the American Bayou. In the midst of this landscape there are a number of towns
and cities, which serve as the starting and end points of backwater cruises. National
Waterway No. 3 from Kollam to Kottapuram, covers a distance of 205 km and runs almost
parallel to the coast line of southern Kerala facilitating both cargo movement and
Alappuzha, previously known as Alleppey, in Kerala is surrounded by waterways and
canals and is therefore also called the "Venice of the East." Alappuzha Backwaters
is famous for the beautiful backwaters surrounding it. Many Kerala Backwater cruises
begin or end in Alappuzha. The backwaters with water birds and flowers and greenery
along their banks are a beautiful and refreshing sight. See the serene attractions
of Alappuzha with us.
Alappuzha Backwaters is also known worldwide as a center of the coir industry. Coir
is made from the rough outer husk of the coconut. The fibers of the husk are processed
and woven to make useful items including packaging material, boards, mats and brushes.
Alappuzha Backwaters is famous for the Snake Boat Races held here every year around
the time of the Onam festival. The giant snake boats called Chundanvalloms, race
against each other for the prestigious Nehru Trophy. Prime Minster Jawaharlal Nehru
donated the trophy after he received an unforgettable reception along the waterways
Teams of rowers seated on the long Snake Boats with their curving prows battle it
out for the honor of winning the Nehru Trophy.
Among the most popular backwater stretches in Kerala, is that formed by Vembanad
Lake, in Kumarakom, 16 km from Kottayam town. The Lake is an enchanting picnic spot
and a fast developing backwater tourism destination, providing with facilities like
boating, fishing and sight seeing.
Being close to the famous Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is home to majestic canals, streams
and distributaries. It is completely a different experience to cruise through the
backwaters in Country* boats, absorbing the beauty of Kerala villages. On your tour
to the Kumarakom backwaters you can enjoy Boat rides and houseboat cruises.
Adjacent to Kumarakom Backwaters is the Kottayam region offering with paddy fields,
rubber plantations and the highlands. You can also take a cruise from Kollam to Kumarakom,
in a houseboat. The town of Kollam is a gateway to the backwaters of Kerala. The
longest backwater cruise commences from Kollam and ends at Alappuzha.
On Kumarakom Backwaters tour, you could cruise the backwaters in rented houseboats,
which are poled by local rowers and are simply furnished with a living room, a bedroom
and bath, together with a raised central platform creating a private sit-out for
Situated some 71 Kms from the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram along the coastline
of Ashthamudi Lake, Kollam is host to some beautiful buildings and structures. The
most notable and astoundingly beautiful feature of Kollam is the Ashthamudi Lake
that covers around 30% of the city. One enjoys a variety of backwater tours offered
by the city on this wondrous Lake. The eight hour long journey on boat from Kollam
to Alappuzha is a must for anyone who visits the Fascinating City of Kollam in Kerala,
One of the oldest ports on the Malabar Coast and a major international trading point
in times gone by, Kollam Backwaters is popular for its marine and cashew industries.
The temples of Kollam, built in the traditional ornate traditional style, are an
architectural marvel and visitors delight. The renowned Ashthamudi Lake makes Kollam,
a popular gateway to the magnificent backwaters of Kerala. The Lake literally having
8 arms covers a main portion of the Kollam district in the South.