Kerela’s greenery is probably the most attractive feature of the this”God’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
§ Trivandrum : The backwaters form a specially attractive and economically valuable feature of Kerala. They include lakes and ocean inlets which stretch irregularly along the coast. The 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 lake.
§ Kollam : 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 for angling.
§ Alappuzha ( Alleppey ) :
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 : 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.
§ Ernakulam : 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.
§ Kasargod : 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 fascinating experiences. read more …