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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.

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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 backwater tourism

Kerala Backwaters

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 of Alappuzha.

Teams of rowers seated on the long Snake Boats with their curving prows battle it out for the honor of winning the Nehru Trophy.

Alappuzha Backwater

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 the passengers.

Kumarakom Backwater

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, South India.

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.

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