Included in 1001 attractions of the world, the backwaters of Kerala are the best means to have a glimpse of all the beautiful secrets, daily village activities of remote Kerala villages and the typical cool Kerala tranquility. Plan a trip to Kerala and enjoy the world's best backwater cruises. Explore deep lagoons, canals and lakes that form the vast network of Kerala backwaters. These backwaters are fed by the vast network of 44 rivers of the state. While cruising through these dazzling freshwater lakes, streams, lagoons and canals, one can hear little natural sounds that blend into the quite hush of the lovely greens.
These backwaters are best suited for relaxing holidays in India. They offer wonderful
views of the half-
Huge boats with about 60 to 70 feet length and around 15 feet of width in the middle
are the perfect means of boating/cruising on Kerala backwaters. Kerala houseboats
are locally referred to as Kettuvalloms. These were initially used as cargo boats.
The merchants used to carry the local large grain 'red' rice, and inexpensive spices
Presently, these are used by the tourists to spend their vacations on waters. Each
houseboat or Kettuvallom is equipped with luxurious comforts like bedrooms, sitting
areas, sun decks, fireproof kitchens, fuel storage, cooks, outboard engines and large
poles for oars. Constructed by eco-
Prime Destinations For Backwater Cruising
The entire state of Kerala is fed with rivers, lakes and canals. But places like Kumarakom, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Quilon, Mararikulam, Kollam and Thiruvallam are the most frequented places for the wonderful experience of backwater cruise.Vembanad Lake, the largest of the lakes in Kerala (covering an area of 200 sq km) is another prominent waterway for cruising. It is bordered by Alleppey, Kottayam and Ernakulam districts.
These houseboats sail alongside the ancient villages of Kerala and offer marvellous
views of the coir industries, tea shops, paddy fields, temples, and beaches till
sunset. A backwater cruise along the palm-
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