Backwaters are the greatest endowment that nature has bestowed upon the God's Own Country, Kerala. Backwaters are stagnant water bodies emerging from a river. The backwaters of Kerala stretch 900 Km across the state covering many important districts. The best way to explore the picturesque backwaters of Kerala is by taking a houseboat cruise. It not is a way to refresh and rejuvenate but also a method to get an insight into the wonderful culture of Kerala.
The houseboats in themselves an example of exquisite art form. The traditional houseboats are called Kettuvallam. The entire boat is held together using only coir ropes. No nails or any other adhesive is used. Everything that is used to build Kettuvallams are natural. The new luxury boats offer the tourist every facilities that are found in luxury hotels and resorts.
Major Backwater Destinations Of Kerala
- Kumarakom Backwaters
Situated on the banks of Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is a picturesque destination.Vembanad Lake is the largest backwater entity in which many rivers like Pamba, Periyar and Muvattupuzha drain.
In the district of Kollam, an area called Alumkadavu is the most important Kettuvallam building center in Kerala. Situated 23 Km from, it attracts many tourists who wish to witness the building of houseboats right from the scratch.
The most beautiful stretch of backwaters are found here in Allapuzha. The zig-zag network of canals create a perfect setting for a quiet cruise in the heart of Kerala.
Kottayam is situated right in the middle of backwaters on one side and Western Ghats on the other. The mixture of the two most beautiful wonders of nature here in Kottayam, makes it an absolutely perfect spot for vacations.
More famously known as Kochi, Ernakulam is also referred to as 'Queen of Arabian Sea'. The network of backwaters here gives you the best opportunity to get closest to the culture of Kerala.
Kasargod is the northernmost point of Kerala. A backwater trip on Chandragiri River and Valiyaparamba are not to be missed experiences.