Routing : Cochin (Kochi) – Munnar – Periyar – Kumarakom – Alleppey – Kovalam (Trivandrum International Airport)
Duration : 11 Nights and 12 Days
Routing: Thiruvananthapuram – Kovalam – Alleppey (Houseboat) – Kumarakom – Munnar – Thekkady – Cochin
(10 Nights and 11 Days)
Routing: Trivandrum – Vayalar – Thekkady – Munnar – Cochin
(08 Nights/09 Days)
Routing: Cochin – Munnar – Thekkady – Kumarakom – Alleppey (Houseboat) – Kovalam – Kanyakumari – Trivandrum
(08 Nights and 09 Days)
Kerala backwaters attract lot of international as well as domestic tourism every year. Basically Kerala being situated at the Arabian Sea Coastline better known as Malabar Coastline, Kerala is popular destination for beaches and related tourism but as there is another name for Kerala i.e. God’s own country. That literally matches up to the scenic beauty of the place however God has shown maximum grace in beautifying every inch of it. Backwaters is one such marvel or gem in the Kerala’s crown, it is a series of lagoons or lakes which are no doubt blessed with enormous mesmerizing views that can’t be match anywhere else. There is a network of 5 major canals which are interlinked through another network of 38 rivers all these interlinked around 900 KMs waterways are known as Kerala Backwaters.
The Kerala backwaters are fresh water lakes formed at the meeting point of river with sea, due to this uniqueness their water is often used for irrigation and other related purposes. Kerala backwaters are home to many common as well as rare flora and fauna species. The commonly found fauna including bird fauna here are turtles, kingfishers, crabs, frogs, and darters etc. same is with flora like palm trees, coconut groves, and pandanus shrubs etc. Vembanad is the largest and longest lake.
Kerala Backwaters as tourist attraction
Houseboats or Kettuvallams which were earlier a mode of carriage of grains or other goods across backwaters. In those days’ road and rail transport system wasn’t that advance or developed to reach the remotest parts of the Kerala hence these houseboats used to carry goods, passengers and grains etc. from one destination to another. Though this mode of transport was slow but options were really limited. Times changed and with the development of other modes of transport these Houseboats or Kettuvallams were left behind in this cycle of fast transportation and connectivity. Then somehow in order to save the legacy of houseboats, someone thought to convert or remodel them to facilitate tourism or tourists on board. This idea clicked and soon there was this fleet of houseboats loaded with all facilities like 2-3 bedrooms, kitchen, living or dining area, balconies, and toilets etc. also power was generated through solar cells on the roof of the houseboats or some of these houseboats were loaded with generators etc. Now the scenario is these Houseboats or Kettuvallams are major tourist attractions and generating large revenues for their respective owners. Apart from the houseboats there are several resorts on the banks or shores of the Kerala backwaters which are attracting huge tourism both international as well as domestic every year. These resorts have nature centric ambience with lots of greenery around and a view towards these backwaters so the travellers can spend a leisure evening strolling on the banks of back waters or sipping the coffee sitting on the balconies of these resorts enjoying the mesmerizing view. These resorts promotes Yoga, Naturopathy and Ayurveda as there additional services.
Kerala Backwaters for the locales
For local people these are really a form of true blessings in the form of tourism, agriculture, fishing and trades etc. For years the people are dependent upon Kerala Backwaters for their agriculture water needs, source of fresh water fishes and crabs and cost effective mode of transport or cheap trading routes. An extensive boat making industry has been dependent upon these backwaters now some of the units are producing or remodelling specialized Houseboats with world class features and facilities. Occasionally boat races are being conducted in these Kerala Backwaters which attract lot of international tourism every year and have lot of significance for the local people. Some of these boat races are acclaimed by the state government and central government at many levels.
Kerala Backwater Regions
Kollam, It is the initiation point of Kerala Backwaters, also known as Quilon. Earlier in older days it was the major trading hub and referred by famous travellers Ibn Battuta and Marco Polo. Kollam to Alappuzha is the famous route surrounded by water lilies and lotus all around. Kerala Backwaters Region Kuttanad, located in the surrounding of rural Kerala, full of greenery on all sides. It is an ideal for leisure Kerala backwaters houseboat ride, the water is bit higher than the surroundings giving excellent views of the nature and overall a never forgetting experience of the scenic beauties. Kerala Backwaters Region Kumarakom, green blue water, full of silence and peace, Kumarakom is also a famous tourist destination. Surrounded by greenery and vegetation, there are so many Houseboat and Resorts option that will surely make your trip to Kerala backwaters memorable and second to none. Kerala Backwaters Region Alappuzha, most famous tourist attraction also known as Alleppy, some people say it is the Venice of the east due to the network of small big canals crossing each other just like in Venice. It is also renowned for its snake boat races since older times. Kerala Backwaters Region Munroe Island, it is the group of eight small islands having so many small canals and lakes making it an ideal backwaters tourist destination. It has lot of bird fauna attracting bird watchers from different parts of the country and abroad also. Also there are plantations of certain Indian spices including pepper and cloves. Kerala Backwaters Region Kollam, the intersection of Paravur Kayal Lake which is the part of Kerala backwaters and the Arabian Sea is a great tourist attraction. The view is just amazing where the fresh water is meeting the salty water of the sea. The two different colours of water merging and forming a third colour, but the sea water cannot come into the backwaters which is a natural miracle altogether. Kerala Backwaters Region Thiruvallam, two rivers transforms the backwaters of Thiruvallam which is famous tourist destination for international as well as domestic tourists. Famous for its canoes and other water recreational activities, it is very near to the capital of state of Kerala i.e. Thiruvanathapuram. Kerala Backwaters Region Kozhikode, it is a popular destination for all sorts of water recreational and adventure activities at a place Korapuzha in Kozhikode. Blessed with mesmerizing scenic beauty and rivers all around this place is just like heaven on earth though not so popular with tourist so can be considered for a peaceful travel experience with nature. Kerala Backwaters Region Kasargod, four major rivers transforms into backwaters making an ideal tourist destination. Also it has lot of scenic beauty with greenery including rice plantations all around. Chandragiri fort is also a major tourist attraction.
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