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               Kerala is a major tourist destination in India, located on the Southern part of India, Kerala has 600 Km of shoreline.  The unique geography, lush green forest beautiful beaches and rich culture makes Kerala one of the best places to visit in Asia. Kerala Ayurveda treatments, traditional art forms such as Kathakali, Theyyam, Padayani and  the ancient martial art known as Kalaripayattu adds more colour to the Kerala holidays.  There are many places to visit in Kerala, which includes beaches, hill stations, rivers, backwaters and forests, truly an amazing place to visit in India.  Kerala backwaters are world famous tourist spot, which attracts millions of domestic and international travellers.   The 600 km of shoreline and the 44 rivers of Kerala has produced some of the best backwaters in the world. Here is the list of best backwaters in Kerala. 

Best time to visit Kerala is from September to March, but Monsoon in Kerala is also getting famous making it a monsoon tourist destination. 

Alleppey backwaters

           Alappuzha/Alleppey is district in Kerala, renowned for the beautiful backwater system, well connected by the canals and waterways. The serene clean water, lines of coconut trees on the shores, sunset and the seafood makes it one of the best tourist places in Kerala.   

          Located at a distance of 83 kilometres from the Cochin international airport, this backwater destination in Kerala is well connected by roads.  The beauty of backwaters of Alappuzha is so stunning that it made Lord Curzon to think that it is the Venice of East.   When you visit the Alappuzha backwaters, do not forget to experience the house boat ride. Alleppey house boat is the traditional Rice boats that were used in the olden days to transport goods through the waterways.  Alleppey house boats ride is one of the best things to do in Alappuzha, which allows the travellers to cruise through the mirror still lagoons and to experience the local life.  The backwaters provide the locals with food and jobs because of that the shores are always buzzing with activities.   Alleppey house boat rides are best for photography tours, fishing and sightseeing, now most of the house boats in Kerala offers luxury facilities, which increases the pleasure of visiting this amazing destination. 

       Apart from the house boat rides Alappuzha is famous for the magnificent Snake-boat race, which usually held during second Saturday of August. This annual competition attracts millions of travellers every, up to 150 rowers drives the boats which can reach a speed of 110 kilometres is an amazing display of strength and endurance. 

Things to do in Alappuzha backwaters: Photography, taste the seafood, house boat ride, fishing, see the snake boat race and drink. See the production of Toddy an amazing local alcoholic drink made from the coconut tree. 

Kumarakom backwaters

           Kumarakom is a diamond among the Kerala backwaters, a magnificent destination that never disappoints the travellers.  Kumarakom is one of the best places to visit in Kerala located 15 kilometres away from the Kottayam city, this amazing tourist spot attracts a large numbers of domestic and international travellers.  Vembanad Lake is the largest fresh water lake of Kerala is part of the Kumarakom backwaters. The Kumarakom backwaters is connected with the Alleppey backwaters and Cochin backwaters. Kumarakom is a group of little islands on the Vembanad Lake and also a part of Kuttanad region.  Just like the Alleppey house boats Kumarakom also has its own house boats which offers the same range of experience to the travellers. If you are looking for Kerala holidays, the Kumarakom is the best places to spend your time.  The coconut groves and    the lush green paddy fields adds more beauty to the serene backwaters of Kumarakom. 

               Kumarakom bird sanctuary is a place to see in Kumarakom and it is one of the most visited destination in Kumarakom after the backwaters. The sanctuary is home to various birds making it one of the best destination for bird lovers and the forest in the sanctuary is home to various flora and fauna. The house boat ride through the Vembanad Lake provides a different view of the sanctuary. 
Major tourist spots in Kumarakom includes Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls, Kumarakom beach, Pathiramanal Island, Bay Island driftwood Museum, Juma Masjid and Vembanad Lake.  These tourist spots along with the exotica backwaters make the small Village of Kumarakom one of the best places to visit in Kerala. 

Cochin backwaters

                      Cochin is a major tourist place in Kerala, the financial hub of Kerala where the business booms with international brands offers the travellers a great venue for shopping and eating. Even though Cochi is busy city, it is blessed with many tourist spots some of them are best places to visit in Kerala.  Cochin or Kochi is a major port city in Kerala located in the district of Ernakulum. Once an important Spice trading city, the Queen of Arabian Sea, Cochi is now a famous tourist place in Kerala, which allures millions of travellers every year.  
                     The Arabian Sea has created a large number of lagoons and backwaters is a major tourist attraction in Kochi.  It is quite easy to find the tour operators who offer the house boat rides through the backwaters of Kochi. The traditional Chinese fishing nest swaying in the gentle breeze in the evening is an amazing thing to see in Kochi.  The traditional seafood is amazing and the houseboat ride is so relaxing. 

Kollam backwaters


                The Sasthamkotta Lake is the biggest fresh water Lake in Kerala and Ashtamudi Lakes forms the major part of the Kollam backwaters.  Kollam backwaters remained in the shadow of Vembanad Lake has now picked up its momentum and it is now one of the most important tourist places in Kerala.  The passageway town of Kerala backwaters has 130 km long system of canals and waterways, which provides the travellers with never ending opportunities to explore.  The tour operators offer houseboat rides and normal boat cruises through the backwaters at a minimal rate.  The major places to see in Kollam backwaters include Munroe Island, Thangasseri beach and Kollam beach.

Kasaragod backwaters

                    The land of Gods and Forts, the 9 rivers of Kasaragod and the Laccadive Sea has created some of the best beaches and backwaters in Kerala.  Even though most of the Kerala backwater is located in central and southern part of Kerala, Kasaragod is an expectation to this, the mirror still picturesque backwaters is one of the best places to visit in Kerala.   The coconut trees, serene clean water, lagoons, tiny islands and the local life increases the pleasure of visiting this Kerala backwaters.  The major backwater destination in Kasaragod includes Kavayi- Valiyaparamba backwaters, Chandragiri backwater, Padanna backwaters and Thejaswini River. Traditional Kerala houseboats are available in Kasaragod, this destination is best for weekends, romantic trips, and photography tours and sightseeing. 

Thiruvananthapuram backwaters 

                    Thiruvananthapuram/ Trivandrum is famous for the pristine Kovalam beach, which attracts millions of travellers every year.  The Laccadive Sea contributed to the beautiful backwaters of Thiruvananthapuram.  Travellers often visit the backwaters in Thiruvananthapuram to enjoy the calm but exotic environment, which refreshes both the mind and body.   
The major backwater destinations in Trivandrum includes Thiruvallom backwater, Kappil backwater, Veil Lake and tourist village, Poovar backwater and Akkulam.  

8 hour trip through Kerala backwaters

                   The 8 hour trip which starts from Kollam to Alleppey/Alappuzha is a one way trip, which penetrates deep into the backwaters of Kerala. It is one of the best way to enjoy the Kerala holidays, as the travellers get an opportunity to see the marvellous backwaters of Kerala along with the life style of local people.  This is cheap compared to hiring a whole houseboat.  
There are only two trips in a day and it is a one way trip that end in Alappuzha backwaters. 
Departure: 10:30 AM from Kollam Arrival: 06:30 PM at Alappuzha 
Departure: 10:30 AM from Alappuzha Arrival: 06:30 PM at Kollam

               Kerala backwaters is one of the must visit places in India, which allows the travellers to go deep into the heart of the Kerala. The houseboat cruises and seafood is an amazing experience which will force the traveller to come back again to this water world. Don’t forget to visit Kuttanad a place that sits below the sea level, if you are exploring the backwaters of Kerala. 


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