Kerela's greenery is probably the most
attractive feature of the thisGod's Own Country, but you'll
get short of words when its comes to expressing your boat cruise
experience on the backwaters of Kerala. Mirror-still lagoons, picture book
lakesides, palm-fringed canals and tiny shimmering rivulets, that's
backwaters of Kerala.
Ride the backwaters on country crafts, speed boast or luxury cruisers,
for quiet intimate moments and reflective solitude; or to get up close and
personal with a fascinating country life of Kerala; or for a break-free
indulgence in water sports such as wind sailing and water skiing; or
perhaps taking a canoe and fishing rod out to even catch your own supper.
Major Backwater Destinations Of Kerala
The backwaters form a specially attractive and economically valuable
feature of Kerala. They include lakes and ocean inlets which stretch
irregularly along the coast.
biggest backwater is the Vembabad lake, some 200-sq-kms in area, which
opens out into the Arabian Sea at Kochi port. The Periyar, Pamba,
Manimala, Achenkovil, Meenachil and Moovattupuzha rivers drain into this
Alumkadavu a quiet spot in the town Karunagapally hardly 23-kms
north of Quilon, has become a hot point of Kettuvallam building. Today,
this backwater village is famous for its houseboats, with furnished
bedrooms, modern toilets, cozy living rooms, a kitchen and even a balcony
Alappuzha or Alleppey, the coastal township is unique because of
its network of canals that meander through the town and its vast stretch
of beach on the Arabian sea provides comfort to the soul. Mariners over
centuries have known the Alappuzha beach as a safe anchorage area even
when the sea is rough. The coastal belt is like a sandy sea shore which
has extended inland. The beach is also known for its mud bank phenomena.
Kottayam, among the State's more mountainous districts, provides
some of Kerala's finest natural scenarios, sandwiched as it is between
serene palm-fringed backwaters on the west and the Western Ghats having
rubber, tea, coffee, pepper and cardamom plantation on the east.
More popular as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Kochi is a
cluster of islands on the vast expanse of the Vembanad Lake. Some of these
picturesque islands are Bolgatty, Vypeen, Gundu and Vallarpadam.
Unexplored, unspoiled, the backwaters of Kozhikode hold great promises of
enchanting holiday options. Elathur, the Canoli Canal and the Kallai River
are favourite places for boating.
The northernmost district of Kerala, Kasaragod is situated on the
sea coast with the Western Chats on its east and northern borders.
Backwater trips on the Chandragiri River and at Valiyaparamba are