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Backwaters in Kerala

by afiatajdar 5 year, 10 months ago

The most popular attraction of Kerala, backwaters is a must visit. The various popular backwater destinations in Kerala are sure to entice the tourists and give them beautiful memories that they will cherish forever.

Backwaters in Kerala is one of the most popular tourist attraction in the world. Get on the houseboat and enjoy a peaceful ride on the mesmerizing backwaters on your Kerala holiday trip and let the beauty and tranquility of the atmosphere drench you completely. The paradisaical beauty of the backwaters can be best explored through canoeing or cruising on a houseboat. Almost all the cities of Kerala boast of having backwaters but some of the most popular ones are at Alleppey, Kumarakom, Kozhikode, Kuttanad, Cohin, Kolam and Thiruvallam.

Formation on Kerala Backwaters
The backwaters are basically naturally formed chain of brackish lagoons that lie parallel to the Arabian sea. These backwaters comprise of five large lakes that have been linked together by canals, both man made and natural and are fed by 38 rivers. A unique ecosystem that includes a mix of freshwater from the rivers and sea water from the Arabian sea makes these backwaters a perfect home of a variety of avian and aquatic species. The popular backwater regions in Kerala are -
  • Alappuzha/Alleppey - This part of Kerala is flooded by tourists all the year round. The crisscross assortments of the backwater canals have earned the city the title of being the ‘ Venice of the East’. This place is also the host of annual Snake boat race and also serves as the base for many houseboat cruises and tourists should not miss booking Alleppey tours in Kerala.
  • Kumarakom -  Kottayam and Kumarakom are in spitting distance and equally famous for their backwaters. Kumarakom is a cluster of small islands and cruising here reveals some of the best of resorts and natural attractions. The trip to Kumarakom and Kottayanm is a must travel.
  • Kollam - This region has the Ashtamudi Kayal which is popularly known as the gateway to the backwaters. 30% of Kollam is covered with backwaters and from here tourists can travel to Alappuzha, which takes about 8 hours and is also said to be the longest cruise in Kerala. This cruise a very popular one as it takes the traveller through the beautiful medley of lotuses and water lilies.
  • Kasargod - Located in North Kerala, Kasargod is a popular backwater destination and take one on heritage cruises to the nearby hamlets of Chandragiri and Valiyaparamba. Bird watching is also an inetresting avtivity that can be enjoyed while cruising.
  • Munroe Island - Located in the Kollam district, Munroe Island is a relatively unexplored destination. Intertwined channels of backwaters makes this cluster of islands an excellent place to enjoy. Bird watching and spice plantations are an added attractions here.
  • Kozhikode - Also known as Calicut, Kozhikode is a popular spot for enjoying backwaters in Kerala. This part of Kerala is not much explored and thus is attracting a large number of tourists. The town also highlights Korapuzha, an upcoming destination for water sports.
  • Thiruvallam - Located close to the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram, Thiruvallam is popular for its canoe rides. Boating, cruising, water sports, waterfront park and a floating bridge are some of the most exotic attractions that drive people to this place.

Backwater is one of the most important facet of Kerala and fascinates every tourist who comes to India. Plan a backwater tours in South India and live the memories that you will cherish your entire life.
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