Kerala is an India southwestern state, on the lush and tropical Malabar Coast. Kerala state is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. In fact, Kerala was named one of the “10 Paradises of the World” and “50 Destinations of a Lifetime” by the National Geographic Traveler magazine.
The Backwaters of Kerala is a network of 1,500 kilometers of canals, linking 5 large lakes and fed by 38 rivers that extends from one end of Kerala to the other. The Backwaters lies in parallel with the Malabar Coast and extending virtually half the length of Kerala state. Backwater cruises on the Kettuvallams or Kerala houseboats is a favorite item for travelers. There are more than 400 Kerala houseboats ply the backwaters, with 120 of them in Alleppey alone. During the backwater cruise, one can see many unique species of aquatic life including crabs, frogs, mudskippers, otters and turtles as well as water birds such as terns, kingfishers, darters and cormorants alongside the backwaters.
Alleppey is among the major backwater destination in Kerala. Alleppey was long known as “Venice of the East” due to the crisscrossing and picturesque canals in the town. Besides, one should also not miss out on Kochi (formerly known as Cochin), a beautiful harbor city located in the Ernakulam section of the backwaters. This one-thousand-year history of harbor is made up of a number of small islands, rivers, lakes and bays.
Kerala Backwaters holidays
One can fly to Kochi from Mumbai. From Kochi, there is land transport to bring tourists to Lake Vembanad. You can start your backwater cruise on one of many houseboats there.