Enchanting Backwaters From Aboard A Houseboat
The sunlight playing over the emerald backwaters creating miniscule rainbows, an array of palm and coconut trees lining the banks, melodious songs of the birds filling the air, small children with large smiles waving at you, soft splashing sounds of the oars breaking the surface of the water, peace and calm seeping through the atmosphere into you. These are some of the small pleasures that will break a smile on your face and warmth in your hearts found only in the wonderland of Kerala.
Located on the south western coast of India in the Malabar region this enchanting land of beauty has captured the hearts of many. Commonly known as Gods Own Country this colourful cultured land with its rich heritage, magnificent landscapes and captivating backwaters is a destination where a holiday comes alive. Mostly this wonderful sate is frequented by tourists for the backwaters it has been blessed with. The backwaters found here are one of a kind and found nowhere else in the world and the best way to enjoy them is aboard a Kerala houseboat.
Get onboard on one of the Kerala houseboats and enjoy the slow, relaxing cruise along the alluring backwaters. One of the best backwaters to enjoy and flow along is found in Kumarakom. Lying nearby the village of Kottayam with the backdrop of Keralas largest freshwater lake; Vembanad, it is one of the backwaters that is frequented by tourists.
With Kumarakom houseboat packages enjoy a stay on the famed boathouses which comes equipped with all the basic amenities of life. The houseboats as the name suggests consists of bedrooms, kitchen, showers and all that you would find in a house. Basically these are floating houses and how many must have stayed in one before visiting Kerala. Meals are also served here that are cooked in the houseboat itself and possibly the fishes, prawns etc that may be served are caught in the very backwaters you are floating along.
The backwater of Kumarakom winds through the Vembanad Lake and the best part is theres a bird sanctuary here. With Kumarakom tour packages you can visit the bird sanctuary where a large variety of migratory birds flock and this can be done on canoes that are found at the entrance of the sanctuary. Take a two hour long canoe trip at a low cost and make the best of your holiday. You can also opt for fishing, yachting, and other activities when here.
Get lost in the timeless enchanted backwaters absorbing the beauty as you flow along the backwater at natures pace. The panoramic view of the sun merging with the backwaters during twilights is a sight not to be missed. A modern tourist resort by the name of Taj Garden Retreat that was built by Alfred George Baker during the year 1881, the building is a two storied bungalow built on Teak rafters as a base.
The backwaters with its houseboats are just one of the numerous things that are found in this cultural land of Kerala. When you come to enjoy the backwaters you can also enjoy the lush green tea gardens of Munnar, see the age old cultural and colourful dance of Kathakali, witness a demonstration of Kalahari which is a form of martial arts, treat yourself to the awesome relaxing and rejuvenating massages with ayurvedic techniques. See the enigmatic and holy temples that have stood here blessing the lands with beauty, joy and peace. Come visit the land of emerald backwaters and exquisite house boats and take away a large catch of memories to last you a lifetime.