Kerala backwaters are an enticing network of brackish lagoons and beautiful lakes that run parallel to the Malabar Coast near Arabian Sea. The backwaters constitute a network of 38 lagoons, rivers, rivulets, canals, streams and estuaries that extend to 900 km, passing through several town and cities. Kerala backwater constitute a unique system where freshwaters of the rivers confluence with the azure blue waters for the Arabian Sea. Kerala backwaters are a popular destination for honeymooners who land up here from around the world to have a ravishing and lifelong memorable experience. Our six days long Kerala backwaters tour will cover six major segments of Kerala backwaters tour as follows:
Day 01 : Kollam Backwaters
Kollam is a port town situated 71 km from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala. Ashttamudi Lake is the most prominent landmark of Kollam which covers around 30 percent area of the town. Backwaters around the lake are very charming and a tourist's delight. A houseboat ride from Alleppey to Kollam will be 08 hours long and you will pass through lotus filled lagoons with beautiful butterflies and exotic fishes. Sight of water birds splashing in the water and making merry will be really alluring. You will be able to watch the ruins of the historic Thangasseri Fort and Mata Amrithananthamayi Ashram during your Kerala backwaters tour.
Day 02 : Alleppey Backwaters
Alleppey (or Alappuzha) is also known as the "Venice of the East". Traders from across the seven seas have come to Alleppey in search of the black gold and other souvenirs for centuries. In Alleppey, life revolves around water. Children literally learn to swim here first than walking. They learn their first lesion among the school of fishes. A lighthouse and a 1000 ft long pier are the landmarks of Alleppey Beach. Backwaters are the prime attraction of Alleppey. Punnamada Kayal has very scenic islands and canals that offer you a sublime view of the green paddy fields and swaying palm groves. The beautifully green islands of Alleppey are a haven for the migratory birds. You will simply be mesmerized with the splendor of Alleppey during your houseboat cruise of Kerala backwaters tour.
Day 03 : Kuttanad Backwaters
Kuttanad is also known as the "Rice Bowl of Kerala" as the highly fertile region has largest and most expansive paddy plantations of the state. Highly fertile region of Kuttanad has rich number of banana, cassava and yam plants. A peculiar aspect of Kuttanad is that farming is done here in the fields that are below sea level. Four rivers viz. Pampa, Meenachil, Achankovil and Manimala crisscross through the landscape of Kuttanad, making the region more elusive for the travelers. Kuttanand is close to the picturesque Vembanad Lake and this 10 acre island is home to a variety of exotic bird species that you can watch from your houseboat during your Kuttanad, Kerala backwaters tour. Large groups of ducks making quaking sound in the backwaters will be a real treat for you.
Day 04 : Kottayam - Kumarakom Backwaters
Kumarakom backwaters stretch through highlands, paddy fields, mangroves and beaches. A major chunk of Kumarakom backwaters is in Kottayam where waters of canals and rivers fall into the beautiful Vembanbad Lake. Kumarakom backwaters are a popular picnic and honeymoon destination. Dense mangroves of Kottayam-Kumarakom interposed by serpentine waterways are an ideal location for aqua tourism. Kottayam is 76 km from Kochi whose enchanting backwaters are ideal for houseboat cruises, angling and water sports. Kumarakom slumbers in the lap of beautiful Vembanad Lake and its intricately enchanting network of waterways are a paradise for honeymooners. Kumarakom backwaters are ideal to recuperate and unwind. Cuddling streams of water, lagoons and canals of Kottayam-Kumarakom region provide a delightful experience to the tourists.
Day 05: Kasargod Backwaters
Kasargod has two popular houseboat cruise locations at Chandragiri and Valiyaparamba. A houseboat cruise at Kasargod backwaters provides a breathtaking view of the azure waters of Arabian Sea. There is a sunset point from where one can have a romantic view of the sunset. At Karargod backwaters, nature welcomes you with open arms as the region has plenty of natural beauty. You can enjoy a joy ride in traditional "Knot Boats" in which no single nail is used during the wooden construction. You can also enjoy your Kasargod backwaters cruise in "Bamboo Rafts" or luxurious houseboats.
Day 06: Kozhikode Backwaters
Kozhikode backwaters are made from the confluence of the water streams of Elathur Canal, Kallai River and Canolly Canal. There are small lakes and lagoons that are part of Kozhikode backwaters. Kadalundi bird sanctuary could be viewed clearly during houseboat cruises of Kozhikode backwaters. Korapuzha is famous for water sports activities like parasailing, angling etc. Kozhikode backwaters are known for their serenity and mesmerizing allures. You can enjoy your cruise in Kozhikode backwaters in luxury houseboats, country boats or in catamarans.