Apart from the majestic hill stations, exotic beaches, tea and spice plantations, lakes, wildlife, and plenty of religious sites, the serenity of backwaters of Kerala promises an unforgettable vacation experience to the travellers. Comprising of the serene stretches of lakes, lagoons, and canals located parallel to the coast of the Arabian Sea, the scenic backwaters are one of the major attractions of Kerala tour packages. Here are the best Kerala backwater tours—
One of the most well-known backwaters of Kerala, the backwaters of Alleppey or Alappuzha connect to those of Kumarakom and Kochi. Located around 62 Km. from south of Kochi, Alleppey, with its houseboats provide an excellent opportunity to experience the charm of Kerala. The cruise takes you through the serene waters of Punnamada Lake, which is also famous for holding the popular Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race.
Located about 13 km. from Kottayam railway station, Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the banks of the famous Vembanad Lake. A journey through the vast canals in the country boats will offer an uplifting ambience with its soothing surroundings. There is also a 14-acre bird sanctuary, which is an ornithologist’s paradise and is home to a wide range of migratory birds.
Popularly known as the ‘Rice Bowl of Kerala’, Kuttanad is a place where the enchanting backwaters interlace with the vast stretches of paddy fields. Apart from the paddy fields, the place has a rich growth of banana, yam, and cassava. With a perfect green setting, the major rivers that flow into the region are Pampa, Meenachil, Manimala, and Achankovil.
Kollam is one of the most sought-after backwater destinations popular for its houseboat cruises. Kollam is one of the oldest ports on the Malabar Coast, best known for its cashew industry. The houseboats are well-furnished with bedrooms and toilets made in European style. Enjoy the starry night as you cruise through the serene backwaters while enjoying a delicious Traditional Kerala meal.
Best known for its serenity, Kozhikode backwaters are quite unspoiled backwater destination of Kerala. The lakes, canals, and the palm-fringed rivulets provide its tourist to explore the beauty of nature while enjoying the houseboat cruising. The beach offers the most stunning view with two piers and a lighthouse. Do not forget to shop at the Pazhassirajah Museum famous for its rare collection gold and silver coins used by Vasco Da Gama and the Britishers.
With the serene environs, the lavish coastline, lush paddy fields, and gentle lapping of water, the backwaters of Kerala will surely make you feel at the seventh heaven.