Kerala Backwaters and Houseboats by:Joseph Moore
Brackish lagoons, picturesque lakes, palm fringed canals, shore bustling with glimpses of daily life in countryside, it is the imagination of scenic and serene backwaters of Kerala, one of the most beautiful states of India, fondly known as the God's Own Country. Welcome to backwaters of God's Own Country. Welcome to peace and tranquility.
The backwaters in Kerala are wide network of several scenic water bodies like lakes, lagoons, rivers, canals, channels, rivers, inlets, etc. Around 1500 km of total stretches of backwaters in Kerala draws a huge number of tourists and vacationers every year. Backwater tourism in the state is globally famous and it never fails to lure tourists and travellers. The wide stretch of backwaters is endowed with superb scenic beauty and unique serenity & peace. Every year huge number of tourists and vacationers from all around the world embark on Kerala backwater tours and enjoy unique charm of excellent nature tourism and eco system.
There are several beautiful places and cities situated on the shore of backwaters. These places are severed as starting and ending points for a house boat cruise over scenic backwaters to explore unique charm of backwater tourism. Fort Kochi, Kumarakom, Kollam, Alleppey, Kuttanad, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Trivandrum, Thiruvallam, Pathiramanal Island, Alumkadavu, etc are major backwater destinations in the state offering amazing opportunities for nature tourism as well as backwater tourism. These places are dotted with several other attractions like historical places, temples, churches, ayurvedic resorts, spa centres, etc. Tourists can choose one of places and start their backwater tours and travel.
The most popular ways to enjoy backwater tourism in God's Own Country is cruising through a luxurious house boat cruise. Houseboats are the prime attractions of backwaters. Several slow moving huge house boats can be seen on the serene and scenic backwaters. Traditionally house boats in Kerala were called Kettuvallam and used for cargo carriers or especially for carrying rice and spices. Today Kettuvallams have been converted into huge house boats used for cruising though scenic waterways and mesmerizing vacation and excellent accommodation floating over water. Accommodation at house boat is as luxurious as a star hotel. So, some people also prefer to say it Palace on Water.
There are many places which can be used for starting a cruise, but Kumarakom is more popular among tourists and vacationers. Kumarakom is small but beautiful town situated on the bank of backwaters. It is home to rich flora and fauna. There is a Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary which is home to variety of domestic and migratory birds. A well organized kumarakom houseboat cruise provides tourists brilliant opportunity to explore superb nature tourism as well as rich flora and fauna. There is a picturesque Vembanad Lake in Kumarakom. It is one of the most famous attractions of Kumarakom. A sunset boat cruise over Vembanad Lake is simply unforgettable experience.
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