Kerala - "God's own Country" - is one of the most favoured rejuvenation
destinations in the world tourism map. The complex network of rivers, streams,
lakes and canal interconnected with each other have been given a common term "Kerala
Backwaters". Kerala is graced by the Arabian Sea on the west and has a network
of rivers criss crossing the emerald greens within. In total there are 41 west-flowing
rivers and these backwaters stretch to almost 1,900 kilometers.
backwaters are Kumarakom backwaters, Kollam backwaters, Trivandrum backwaters,
Alleppey backwaters, and Kochi backwaters. The largest backwater stretch is the
Vembanad Lake, while Alappuzha is one of the major centers for backwater boat
trips. The intricate network of canals through the town of Alappuzha has earned
it the sobriquet "The Venice of the East".
The boat trip through
the backwaters of Kerala is dramatic and takes one through many interesting places
like Kuttanad region, Alapuzzha etc. Also known as rice bowl of Kerala, Kuttanad
is the only region perhaps in the continent where farming is done below sea level.
It is the rain season that these backwaters are in full swing and splendour revealing
their phenomenal charm. Various boat races are organized in this season and seasoned
oarsmen test their skills. The boat races of Kerala have attained international
Kerala offers tranquil stretches of beautiful beaches, serene backwaters,
mesmerizing lush hill resorts, exotic wildlife, Ayurveda health resorts, enchanting
art forms, magical festivals, historic and cultural monuments, exotic cuisine
and singularly beautiful people. Major
Kerala Backwater Destinations