Backwaters are basically a body of stagnant water connected to a river that is flowing near by its periphery. The backwaters of Kerala are connected through the meandering inland lakes networked by canals that stretch to over 1900km.If one is the adventurous kind and loves to boat across then this one would be the experience to cherish. These tranquil stretches of clean blue water are an experience unique to Kerala. Large Kettuvalloms (traditional country crafts over 60ft. in length) have been converted into luxury houseboats for these cruises. Local Malayali people call it Kayals.
Your holiday in splendid Kerala will be by far the best one, that is the confidence one portrays after visiting this lovely state in the south. The beaches and the breathtaking beautiful backwaters take you into a world apart. Though it will be the private boat trip along the backwaters that will make the tour complete. The ‘kettuvallams’ or the traditional houseboats offer the best possible accommodation for a family or even for a couple. Nothing would seem more romantic than these houseboats that give you the warm and cozy feeling amidst a large stretch of water. The slow yet steady sail along shallow, palm-fringed lakes and narrow canals is mesmerizing. As it is the strong yet smooth sailing houseboats form one of the most abiding images of Kerala.
So folks what are you waiting for pick up your bags and make a move to your destination Kerala.Take your pick for the best backwater tour for family and friends. These cruises are the best ways to forget all your worries and enjoy a holiday out with your family and friends and the overnight stays in the houseboats are the best way to an unforgettable holiday. The waterbus ferry and the cruise boats are the most relaxed.
There are however different types of Backwaters in Kerala. They are:
Kollam(Quilon), Alappuzha(Alleppey) and Kottayam are the principal backwater towns.If your visit to the state is in the late August/ early september during ten-days Onam harvest festival, you can watch the spectacle of the backwaters. The festival takes place where the boats wade through and cross the shallow paths, through the palm-fringed lakes studded with Chinese fishing nets, and along narrow canals where coir (coconut fibre), copra and cashews are loaded onto boats. Stops are made at small settlements where people live on carefully cultivated narrow spits of land only a few meters wide, and there’s the chance to see traditional boats with huge sails, and prows carved into the shape of dragons.
One of the oldest ports of the Malabar coast is Kollam.Kollam was once the hub of the international trade that existed in the days of the british rule. –
This is known as the Venice of the East, Alappuzha is famous for its boat races, houseboat holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. A singular characteristic of this land is the region called Kuttanad. The Granary of Kerala, Kuttanad is perhaps the only place in the world were farming is done below sea level. This is one of the most unique features of this place.
This is situated just around 12km from Kottayam, this unique backwater destination situated on the banks of the Vembanad lake is considered the gateway to the backwaters of Kuttanad. This is also a favorite haunt of migratory birds from across the world which makes it a unique experience for all bird lovers across the world who make a visit to this place for this very special experience.
More beautiful than the canals in Thailand or for that matter any place in India also, the backwaters of Kerala offer an enchanting experience of fun and relaxation and a chance to see authentic local life.