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Kerala: the land of enthralling backwaters

by Pradeepthi Vissamsetti

Kerala is one of the best tourist attractions in the Southern part of India. With the Arabian Sea on the west side and around 40 rivers flowing in the state, Kerala has unique geography which makes every minute of the visit mesmerising and enthralling. The God’s own country is famous for its lush green fields, sun set points, coastal lines. Kerala backwaters are famous worldwide.
There are many beautiful backwater destinations and a stay in a houseboat is a memorable experience; houseboats have all the required amenities like a living room, bed room, air condition etc. The best part of the houseboat stay is the authentic Kerala cuisine served in the boat’s common area.

  1. Backwaters in Alleppey

    A must visit backwaters in Kerala is Alleppey, it has a huge stretch of 62 kilometres of backwaters surrounded by fertile green fields, coconut plantations, enchanting greenery, stunning islands makes Alleppey one of the best romantic honeymoon destinations in India. Back waters of Alleppey also known as ‘Venice of the East’.
    A houseboat stay in Alleppey offers an alluring feature of village walks and through Shikara, we get the essence of a traditional Kerala village life style. Houseboats are available at Kottayam, Kasaragod, Kollam, Thrissur, Alappuzha and Ernakulam. Alappuzha is the nearest railway station.

    Alleppey backwaters

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  2. Ashtamudi

    The Ashtamudi backwaters made from eight channels of backwaters, is the biggest lake extended over a span of 16 kilometres. You want to have a magnificent yet peaceful holiday plan visiting Ashtamudi backwaters is a must. An 8-hour cruise trip from Kollam to Alappuzha is one of the best trips in this lake.

    Ashtamudi backwaters

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  3. Kavvayi Backwaters

    A cluster of islands on River Kavvayi in the north of Kerala forms wonderful backwaters. You can visit this destination on canoe, shikhara or a motor boat. Different varieties of flora and fauna, blossoming green sceneries, dense palm tree plantations make us mingle with nature.
    Houseboats in all these areas are available in all budgets and different packages are available for honeymoon couples and also for families. Rides in canoe and motor rides are also available for few hours.

    Kavvayi Backwaters

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  4. Kumarakom Backwaters

    This beautiful Kumarakom Island is present on the banks of renowned Vambanad Lake. Along with the enthralling houseboat stay, we can find rare species of birds and fishes in freshwater with blooming blossoms. The different facets of environment give the tourists a great life term memories.


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  5. Cochin Backwaters

    Cochin harbour one of the finest harbours in the world, known as ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’ is one of the best places to visit in Kerala. These amazing views of Cochin backwaters will surely make us fall in love with these man-made islands. This incredible place offers a mix of modern and traditional flavours of authentic Kerala cuisines, shopping, ferry rides in Willington Island. These places have many well-known churches and have a high influence of Portuguese, Spanish, English and Dutch.

    Cochin Backwaters

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Apart from the high literacy rate, rich history and culture, breath-taking waterfalls, serene beaches, Kerala offer Kuttanad Backwaters, Cherai Island Backwaters, Kasargod Backwaters, Kollam Backwaters, Kottayam Backwaters, Kozhikode Backwaters, Thiruvananthapuram Backwaters, Valiyaparamba Backwaters which are incomparable are other major tourist destinations in Kerala.
This monsoon season plan your holiday and visit Kerala. Enjoy yourself in these enchanting backwaters.

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