Kerala’s most favoured backwater houseboat trips


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The spine of Kerala’s tourism sector seemed to be its unique backwaters and the enchanting houseboats voyages. Here are some backwater destinations which make Kerala one of the must-visit destinations all over the globe.

Alleppey backwaters

Queen among the backwaters in Kerala, Alleppey backwaters remains an enchanting picnic spot for tourists who wish for a calm and romantic vacation. The houseboat cruise available along with the delicious freshwater fish dishes offers a lifetime experience for the visitors.

Kuttanad backwaters

Pristine backwaters interspersed with green-laden fields is an eye-pleasing sight awaiting tourists in Kuttanad. The houseboat services in Kuttanad lake start from Kodimatha boat jetty in Kottayam to Alappuzha. The Munroe lighthouse, fields enveloped with water lilies and lush green paddy fields are the sights to behold on this trip.

Kasaragod backwaters

The two best choices for people who wish to enjoy the beauty of backwaters in northern Malabar are Valiyaparamba and Chandragiri in Kasaragod. Houseboat, known as ‘Kettuvallam’ are available in these spots which are ideal for those who prefer hassle-free holidays. Rich coconut groves, hamlets and islets add to the tranquillity of these sites.

Cochin backwaters

Kochi unfolds a varied range of experiences from metro cities to serene houseboat journeys in front of tourists. The beautiful villages on the banks of Vembanad lake, traditional fishing nets and charming lagoons could be relished on this trip.

Kozhikode backwaters

The houseboat services in Kallai river and Canoli canals are an emerging tourist attraction in Kozhikode. Apart from it, Kadalundi-based Chaliyar river is also turning into a hub for water tourism in the district.

Kollam backwaters

Located in Ashtamudi lake, Kollam backwaters is home to several exotic birds and freshwater fish varieties. The houseboats here ensure plenitude of leisure to the tourists flocking to experience the astonishing nature.

Thiruvananthapuram backwaters

A voyage through Thiruvallam backwater flowing via Veli is one of the multiple tourist destinations in Thiruvananthapuram. The houseboat services situated 6 kilometres away from Thiruvananthapuram city render a soothing time by relishing the lullaby of water lapping on the boat.

Kottayam backwaters

Sailing in Kettuvallam has been a renowned tourist experience in the Kottayam district. The voyage over Punnamada lake and Vembanad lake makes it a must-have trip in Kerala. It is also unique as the perennial rivers from the Western ghats meet the prominent lakes here.

Kumarakom backwaters

Turquoise lakes, coconut plantations and lagoons together contribute to the astonishing backwaters of Kumarakom. The backwaters in the largest lake, Vembanad lake, of Kerala was enlisted as National Geographic’s ‘One of the top 50 destinations of a lifetime’.

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