Kerala is a unique south Indian state, nurtured with the high distinctive traditions and cultures. In this fast moving life, Kerala is a perfect destination for a leisurely vacation. Its labyrinthine emerald backwater system is the center of attraction. It is a network of canals, lakes, estuaries, and rivers. Backwaters are inimitable self-sustaining ecosystem teeming with an aquatic life. In past backwaters are used only for the transportation purposes but today complete picture is changed, now backwaters offer a revivifying experience for the Kerala tourist. Canals are still used for the local transportation as they connect villages together. Kerala Backwaters is really one of the best tourism destinations. Though Kerala is enriched with many beautiful tourism places but it has its own essence.
Kerala Backwaters is spread over 1500 km, including 38 rivers and 5 big lakes. This fascinating place provides a unique water front lifestyle fostered by the Kerala people. Your holiday experience with Kerala backwaters is truly indelible one. Backwaters are one of the largest fresh-water sources, rich in marine habitat that adds its natural beauty. Kerala has 3 most popular backwater regions;
- Vembanad backwater, located in districts of Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Kottayam
- Ashtamudi Lake, located in district of Kollam
- Kannur-Valiyaparambu Backwaters, located in districts of Kannur and Kasargod
Vembanad backwater is a longest lake in the South Asia. It is listed as a prestigious Ramsar sites. The north section of this lake is open to the Cochin Harbor. The southern section of Vembanad Lake is in between Alappuzha and Kottayam, and well-renowned for its natural beauty. Tourist generally prefer to stay here whole night in the luxurious houseboats.
Ashtamudi Lake is the second most visited backwater region. This lake has numerous canals and rivers interconnected with almost all regions of South Kerala. Ashtamudi is one of the largest fresh-water lakes in India, also considered as a home of various endangered marine species.
Kannur-Valiyaparamba Backwaters is the third backwater region, offers amazing natural beauty with the existence of numerous small uninhabited islands.
Apart from these Backwaters regions, Kerala is also loaded with many smaller lagoons. The popular lagoons are:
- Thiruvallam Lagoons and Akkulam-Veli Backwaters which is located in the district Thiruvananthapuram.
- Alumkadavu Backwaters, located in the district Kollam at Karunagappally.
- Kumbalangi Backwaters, located near to Kochi.
- Canoli canal and Kallai backwaters, located in the district Kozhikode
Kerala Backwaters is an enchanting place to visit and called as a world of serenity and wonderment. You will find number of travel operators offering best packages for Kerala backwater and houseboat. Having natural essence is the main specialty of Kerala backwaters. Here various leafy plants, Palm trees, pandanus shrubs and bushes coloring the surrounding landscape with the rich green. The greenery environment of Kerala backwaters attracts the attention of many tourists. For exploring the Backwaters beauty houseboat tourism is the best way to go. Several large Kettuvallams i.e. traditional boats are now converted into floating hotels are employed. Apart from these Kettuvallams, many large cruisers and yachts are also running. And what else can say about the beauty of Kerala Backwaters, just enjoy this place to the fullest.