Top 10 Backwaters Destinations in Kerala

31 May 2021 by Sandhya Singh

Backwaters Destinations in Kerala

Kerala is famous all around the world for its houseboats, backwaters and the utmost greenery. But what exactly is a backwater and how can a tourist enjoy backwaters? Now to answer these backwaters are a part of the river which is having no current. Backwaters waters of Kerala are enjoyed by a various number of tourists and is a famous tourism product of Kerala. Here is the list of the 10 best backwaters that can be enjoyed in Kerala.

1. Kumarakom Backwaters

Kerala is one such place that should be visited once in a lifetime. One of the major attractions of Kerala is Kumarakom that attracts a huge crowd of tourists. This place is famous for its backwater as it has various Islands that are located on the eastern bank of Lake Vembanad. Tourists looking for some leisurely experience can fulfill their desire at this place.

One can also enjoy activities like fishing and boating in the Taj Garden retreat which is an old bungalow and is now turned into a resort. Also, there is a backwater Resort that is constructed by Kerala Tourism Development Corporation on the stilts under the shade of coconut trees from where one can have a magnificent anomic view of the backwaters. Hair one can enjoy their stay in a houseboat and can also enjoy traditional Kettuvallams.

2. Alleppey Backwaters

Alleppey which is also known as Alappuzha is one of the naturalistic Paradise that is located near the backwater and is having various canals, traditional houseboats, and a vibrant culture that doesn't fail to attract numerous tourists. Some of the prominent attractions of Alleppey are Alleppey beach, Pandavan Rock, Ambalapuzha Temple, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, St Andrew's Church, Snake Boat Race, Edathua Church, etc. It is also famous for its backwater stream and is also known as Venice of the East.

This is a perfect place for or nature lovers, photographers, and leisure tours. Tourists can enjoy some of the activities such as bird watching, stargazing, village exploring, and watching the mesmerizing sunset. Alleppey backwater is one of a kind experience that should be experienced at least once in a lifetime.

3. Kozhikode Backwaters

Kozhikode backwaters allow its tourist to spend their holiday a historical and with the Sainik water and exotic flora and fauna present in the particular region. Kozhikode backwater is located in the Kozhikode district of Kerala which is located at a distance of 23 kilometers from the airport at Karipur. This Airport is connected to some of the major cities of India such as Mumbai Chennai Bangalore etc and also to some of the international destinations such as the Middle East.

This place enables its tourist to enjoy the Sainik view under the shade of coconut tree cool Breeze blowing through the years with the cladding sound of water. Visiting Kozhikode backwater should be e in the top priority of each tourist visiting Kerala.

4. Ashtamudi Backwaters, Kollam

The place Ashtamudi got its name because of its eight arms or channel. Ashtamudi lake is a kind of entrance to the backwaters of Kerala where one can enjoy the ride in a houseboat. One of the best routes to enjoy the backwaters in Kerala is from Kollam to Alappuzha.

The backwaters in Ashtamudi lake will provide you a deeper look into the lake and a special journey where you can soak yourself into the peace and calmness of the environment. On this backwater ride, you will be enjoying the lush green landscape and the Exotic biodiversity of this place that will make your trip memorable for a lifetime.

5. Kochi Backwaters

Kochi which is also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea is one of the finest harbors in the world. Kochin is one such destination where modernity meets tradition and here one can enjoy on backwater Cruise with a beautiful view. Passing through the Sainik lake having the coconut trees lined up on the shows is the most fascinating thing that can be done in Kochi.

While enjoying the backwaters one can also have the great site of giant Chinese fishing nets, migratory birds, local villages, etc. The beauty of Kochi backwater enhances due to the lush green forest and captivating landscape which will truly amaze its tourist. Cochin is the starting and ending point of several backwater Cruises some of the most famous Cruise rides from cochin are to Kollam and Alleppey. The Marine drive offers the view of the building of the Cochin Port Trust, a close look of the Willington Islands, old tiled-roof houses, etc. Cochin backwater is one of the most fascinating experiences that should be enjoyed by everyone once in their lifetime.

6. Trivandrum Backwaters

Trivandrum which is located in the southern part of Kerala offers one of the best backwater experiences. Trivandrum is the capital city of Kerala and is mainly famous for its backwater and enchanting sceneries. Lake Vembanad that is located in Trivandrum city is not just one water body but it comprises several small water bodies at different locations offering different experiences to its tourists.

Trivandrum backwaters offer a Lagoon and crystal clear water where one can enjoy the ride smoothly with astonishing sightseeing. the backwaters of Trivandrum which is blessed with history and rich culture goes through Veli, Akkulam, Thiruvallam, Kappil regions, etc. And provide the view that cannot be forgotten in this lifetime. At Trivandrum, you can have a tranquil experience in the houseboat of this backwater.

7. Kavvayi Backwater at Payyanur

The most fascinating backwater destination in Kerala is Kavvayi Kayal. This lesson is known backwater destination is formed with the Confluence of 5 rivers such as River Kavvayi and its tributary streams Vannathichal, Kuppithodu,  Kankol, and Kuniyan. There are various small islands that are connected to Payyanur which is located in Kannur through a bridge.

This place is one of the most exotic locations that are present in the Northern part of Kerala and is blessed with the gift of nature. This place is having approximately 37 square kilometers of area for the backwaters and hair one can enjoy the boat ride which provides the opportunity to its tourist to go through to some villages and learn about the daily routine of the local people.

While being on the ride one can also come across some of the rare flora and fauna. In this backwater ride, you can also explore some of the rare Islands. If you are looking for a perfect destination where you can spend some time in peace and can relax your soul then this place is perfect for you you and also one can enjoy the delicious seafood at this place.

8. Kuttanad Backwaters

Kuttanad is a place in Kerala that can be explored more than once as in your every visit you will find something different and new to reveal and cherish. This place is having the four major rivers of Kerala such as Meenachil, Manimala, Pampa, and Achankovil river. It is one of the best places where one can enjoy the backwater rides in Kerala as it is located in the thick and lush green area.

The meaning of the word Kuttanad is the rice bowl of India and is one of the prominent destinations to enjoy in a backwater in the southern part of India. The backwater ride through this region keeps the visitor engaged with never-ending fun and frolics. Unlike other backwater destinations of Kerala, this place provides the tourist with enjoying backwater in the Peaceful environment and drowned them in the magical charm of this place.

The best time to enjoy Kuttanad backwaters is from the month of August till the month of March as during this period that atmosphere conditions remain pleasant and calm.

9. Kollam Backwaters

Kollam backwater is located at a distance of 60 km from the capital city Trivandrum in Kerala. The backwater of Kollam is one of the prominent attractions which attracts a huge crowd of tourists. The backwater provides an unforgettable experience to its tourists. This backwater is located near the Ashtamudi lake and provides the best landscape for photography that is blessed with a lush green environment.

Houseboats which are also known as Kettuvallams is one of the best and traditional way to explore the backwaters of Kerala. These houseboats are designed in such a way that it is having all the modern amenities to provide the utmost comfort to its guest. While cruising on the backwaters of Kollam you can enjoy the treasure of nature with the site of some exotic species of bird and the beautiful shores that are lined up with the restaurants offering the local cuisines of Kerala.

One can also explore the village of Kerala to learn about the local cultures. Of the popular tools that can be enjoyed in Kollam are Kollam to Alleppey tour, the backwater village tour, and the Kollam City tour. Enjoying the backwaters by the shade of a coconut tree is one of the most relaxing activities that can be enjoyed in nature Tu to bring your mind to peace.

10. Kasargod Backwaters

Kasargod backwater is completely in contrast to the most popular Alappuzha backwater of Kerala. This is a lesser-known backwater and is an ideal place for the one looking for some peace and If you want to stay away from the tourist crowd. Kasargod is located in the Northern part of Kerala and is one of the top choices for honeymooners as it is not much populated with tourists. But the popularity of this place is slowly growing amongst the Tourist for experiencing backwaters in Kerala.

While cruising on the backwaters of Kasaragod you will be enjoying tranquil beach stretches, Old shrines, lush landscape and untouched waterscapes, etc. The backwater of Kasargod is a place where you can explore the landscape and this river surrounds four small Islands and the conference of these rivers forms a really mesmerizing side. While cruising through the river you can also have the sight of coconut grooves, green stretches, local villages, unspoiled islands, and serene waterways. Some of the best options to enjoy backwater in Kasargod are Valiyaparamba and Chandragiri.

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