Backwater Cruising in Kerala

India is a fascinating country as it offers a plethora of opportunities to enjoy the nature in its beautiful and virgin form. It goes without saying that Kerala is one of the best destinations for anyone who seeks tranquility in the backwaters of this peaceful tourist location. There are luxury houseboat cruises in Kerala that offer you a spectacular view of the backwaters, the historic churches and the lush greenery all around the place.

One of the foremost attractions in Kerela is houseboat cruise in the backwaters which takes you through the scenic sights of coconut fringed backwaters and paddy fields. These 80-feet long giant houseboats are luxuriously equipped with all of the modern amenities that include living rooms, bathrooms, an equipped kitchenette & air-conditioning too. These houseboats are traditionally known as Kettuvallam and were at one time the mode of transportation for men and goods. An overnight cruise in the houseboat is a lifetime experience and should not be missed. Those who wish to take the day house boat cruise may enjoy scenic sights along with lunch and tea on-board of coconut fringed backwaters and paddy field. The experience includes lunch and tea during the cruise.

Apart from Kettuvallams, Canoe rides are also offered which are ideal for those who would like to get every eye of the narrow canals in the backwaters. These Canoes are traditional wooden boats dugout of a single piece bark on a wood frame. They are light weight narrow boats, typically pointed at both ends and open on top. A canoe cruise takes you through the narrow canals offering a close look at the day to day life on land as well as water and also the flourishing paddy fields, coconut lagoons and isolated islands. The sparkling water and the caressing cool wind is a temptation too strong to resist. Country boats of various types crisscross the path with passengers from all walks of Kerala's rural life ranging from milkman and newspaper boy to local politicians, priests and wedding parties. It is a unique experience as this is as close as one can get to feel the vibrant life in the countryside of God's own country.

Major sites for backwater cruising in Kerala are Alleppey, Kumarokom, Kollam (Quilon) and Kasaragod (Bekal).

Alleppey and Kumarakom are two corners of the Vembanad lake and are the starting-points of the boat cruises through the backwaters. Whether you choose Alleppey or Kumarakom the scenes in the backwaters would be the same.

Alleppey is a backwater paradise founded in 1762 by the Divan of Travanacore, Raja Keshawadasan. Having earned itself the sobriquet "Venice of the East" owing to its numerous waterways, the beauty of Alleppey lies in mirror like lagoons, palm fringed waterways and sandy beaches. Sailing on a houseboat in this pristine backwater town with its numerous coconut palms lined waterways & tiny villages gives a relaxed and laid back feel. This is one of Kerala's most mesmerizingly beautiful and relaxing experiences.

Alleppey is graceful and greenery-fringed, disappearing into a watery world of villages, punted canoes, toddy shops and, of course, houseboats. Float along and gaze over paddy fields of succulent green, curvaceous rice barges and village life along the banks.

Kumarakom is a backwater paradise located near the city of Kottayam in Kerala. The destination comprises a number of islands on the Vembanad Lake. Sailing on a houseboat in this pristine back water town with its numerous coconut palms lined waterways & tiny villages gives a relaxed and laid back feel. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is spread across 14 acres and is a favourite haunt of migratory birds which makes it an ornithologist's paradise as well. This sanctuary is an ornithologist's paradise as it is a favourite haunt of migratory birds like the Siberian stork, egret, darter, heron, teal etc. In addition, you can also see a variety of birds including Kingfishers, waterfowl, cuckoo, owl, egret, heron and water duck.

Kollam is popular for remarkably mesmerizing backwaters, verdant tropical vegetations and the well-known Ashtamudi Lake, covering around 30 percent of the area of the district. The cruise in the Kollam backwaters takes you through wonderful lush green beauty of the surrounding and mesmerizing countryside sailing along the spectacular views while savoring an exotic kind of fragrance, unique to the region. You may spot several colorful resident and migratory birds, either flying or resting on the edge of the waterways and the locals indulging in their daily activities.

Kasaragod is the northernmost district of the south Indian state of Kerala quite popular for its coir process, rice cultivation and varied terrain with the Arabian sea on its west and the Western Ghats on its east. Kasaragod backwaters offer an amazing experience taking you into a verdant lush landscape where 4 tiny islands are encircled by gleaming river streams slowly merging into the serene Kasaragod backwaters, forming an enchanting view. You may also visit the Bekal Fort while cruising in Kasaragod backwaters.

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