India is home to scenic backwaters where one can indulge in as little or as much as he wants to. Cruise on the placid waters, treat your eyes to the lush greenery, spot colorful birds, soak-in the serenity sprinkled all around and so on. Backwaters here can essentially be found in Kerala, one of the most popular tourist destinations of India. Backwaters of Kerala probably are the most important part of the state’s tourism. Palm- fringed and verdant Kerala backwaters are quite unique and are popular all around the globe. These water bodies have become the venue of several boat races, held every year.
The emerald- colored gleaming waters look even more mesmerizing when the shadows of tall palm trees show in it, creating a magical charm on its visitors. Tourists in huge number visit these backwaters in search of pure nature and tranquility. A visit to backwaters of India is surely a rejuvenating experience. One can opt for Backwater cruise in Kerala during anytime of the year but it is advisable to ignore the idea during monsoon months, July and August as the state receives heavy rainfall during this time. More Information on When to Visit Kerala Backwaters.
Kerala backwaters is a complex arrangement of 1500 km long canals (natural as well as manmade), 5 huge lakes, 44 rivers and lagoons, covering the whole state, from end to the other. Traditionally the main mode of transportation of goods, today they are a major tourist attraction of Kerala. These backwaters also boast of being rich in marine life and being one of the largest sources of fresh water.
Kerala has 3 backwater regions:
Alappuzha (Alleppey), Veli, Cochin, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Thiruvallam, Kumarakom, Kottayam, Kollam, Kavvayi and Kasargod are some of the most popular backwater destinations of Kerala.
The most popular attraction and the best way to explore the backwaters of India is through Houseboat cruise. Houseboat tourism is the most famous thing to do here, where one can hire Kettuvallams (traditional name of a houseboat), available in different sizes. They can be rented for a day or for several days. A cook and a navigator accompany you in the well-equipped houseboat. Bird watching, sightseeing and visit to coir- industry and rice filed etc are a part of it.