Kerala is a land of breathtaking natural and scenic beauty, located down in south on the map of India. How about fancying a night under an ethereal canopy on a houseboat deck -the bamboo line’s creaking sound in the backdrop, the canvas of a moonlit sky and the brightly shining stars in front of your eyes! Indeed Kerala backwaters are all about an ultimate peaceful vacation.
Kerala backwaters are a chain of brackish lakes and lagoons that lie parallel to the Arabian Sea coast of Kerala. With five large lakes and interlinked canals, Kerala backwaters almost extend till half the length of the entire state. These backwaters are a result of tidal force and shore currents across the mouths of the rivers that flow past the Western Ghats range. The backwater cruises has offered a tremendous boost to the tourism industry of Kerala. Here are some MUST VISIT Kerala backwater destinations.
Top Kerala Backwaters Destinations
Alumkadavu can be considered as the place of origin for houseboats in India. Located in Kollam district, the place is very popular for its coir and wood industry. This is why the construction of kettuvalloms (traditional rice barges) started here. They later on emerged as houseboats. These houseboats are made of local and eco-friendly materials and the skilled craftsmen get the best quality wood, bamboo poles, and coconut fiber for their construction.
Backwater Stretches of Ashtamudi
The gateway to the backwaters is the Ashtamudi Lake (named after its eight channels). It is the second largest lake in Kerala that meets the sea through the Neendakara estuary. The authorities of District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) Kollam offer houseboat cruises and boat rides from this place. Travelers love the trip between Kollam and Alappuzha as it offers the longest backwater cruise, a straight eight-hour journey. While traversing through some of the well-known waterways, you will encounter the nature’s splendor from up, close, and personal.
Chandragiri Fort and River
Located near the confluence of Payaswini River and Arabian Sea in Chandragiri Village, this 17th century fort, built by Sivappa Naik of Bedanore, is an absolute visual treat. Tourists primarily visit this place for the breathtaking sunset view, which can be best enjoyed from the ancient Kizhur State Temple premise. The annual Pattu Utsavam festival is a major crowd-puller. A large number of travelers, at around this time, can be seen opting for the Chandragiri Cruise journey and voyages conducted by Chandragiri Boat Club.
This small and serene tropical hamlet is home to the historic Bekal Fort and beach. This virgin tourist destination can be accessed only by boat. The island is a part of the Bekal Tourism Project and efforts for making it a mega tourist destination are already underway.
This is a model fishing village near Kochi. The tourists visiting this place can revel in the nature’s splendor from very close. This village is the first of its kind in the country where the visitors can learn about the various fishing techniques carried out with the help of Chinese fishing nets.
You may consider one of those customized cruises along Kerala backwaters in places like Alleppey, Cochin, Kasaragod, Kollam, Kottayam, and so on.