10 Top Backwaters In Kerala That You Must Visit

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10 Top Backwaters In Kerala That You Must Visit

Kerala, one of the most beautiful places on earth is also referred to as “God’s Own Country”. This coastal state is rich in distinctive tradition, elaborate temple festivals and most notable of all, tranquil Kerala backwaters. One of the reasons that drive a lot of tourists from all over the world every year.

The scenic beauty, the serene pleasantness of nature combined with Kerala Ayurveda packages and exquisite cuisine attracts people to Kerala for a beautiful retreat away from the buzzing city life.

The pace of life in these backwaters is slow, making them perfect and beautiful and you feel happiness strike your mind each time you hear the rhythm of these backwater waves against your boat.

We wish to make your trip to Kerala one of the most memorable experiences and to help you out we have picked the following top 10 backwaters in Kerala:

1. Kuttanad Backwaters:

Kuttanad is characterized by a bewildering labyrinth of shimmering waterways composed of rivers, lakes, canals and rivulets; all lined with green tropical vegetation and preserves a plethora of lifestyles that are completely hidden by road.

It also referred to as “Kerala’s rice bowl” thanks to the wealth of paddies at the heart of the backwaters of Kerala. It is one of the few places you will visit where farming is done below sea level.

Farming is the occupation of the people in Kuttanad. Once you visit Kuttanad, you will be left bewildered at the sight of nature’s expertise at crafting something as beautiful as this.

2. Alleppey (Alappuzha) Backwaters:

The “Venice of the East” features prominently on the tourist trail as one of the main centers for boat trips served by ferries to Kottayam and Quilon.

Alleppey backwater is one of the major tourist attractions in Kerala. Apart from these Kerala backwater, there are beaches, temples, places of historical importance, museums and what not to entice you.

Narrow, palm-lined canals wind through the vast expanse of paddy fields and the neat hamlets that dot either side of the canals can be a sight to behold.

3. Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) Backwaters

An extended shoreline characterized by secluded, internationally popular beaches, monuments, and backwater stretches and a rich, well-preserved cultural heritage make this one of the most enchanting picnic spots.

The main places to visit are Veli and Thiruvananthapuram, which are located 8 kilometers apart. Veli tourist village bordered by the Arabian Sea and the Veli lagoon.

4. Thiruvallam Backwaters

Located six kilometers from Thiruvananthapuram, this serene backwater stretch, found on the way to Kovalam, is popular for its spectacular canoe rides. It is where the rivers Karamana and Killi meet. Thousands of tourists come down to Thiruvallam backwaters every year to experience the awesomeness of Kerala backwater tours.

5. Kumarakom Backwaters:

Situated on the Vembanad Lake, it lies at a distance of 15 kilometers from Kottayam. Kumarakom can be best described as a clean, picturesque village. It is a cluster of tiny islands on the Vembanad Lake. Leisure spots for tourists range from wandering through the depths of the wildlife sanctuary to fishing and cruising down the backwaters, making it the perfect destination for a lazy, laid back holiday.

The Kumarakom bird sanctuary is one of the attractions of this place.

6. Kottayam Backwaters

Kottayam is bordered on the east by the lofty Western Ghats and on the west by the paddy field and the Vembanad Lake.

The Highland, panoramic backwater stretches, and extended rubber plantations have given this district the title: the land of lakes, letters, and latex.

7. Quilon Backwaters

This is a picturesque town on the banks of Ashtamudi Lake. It is accessed by a long, 8-hour trip by boat from Alleppey that also serves as the most comprehensive introduction to the delights of these backwaters as you will have to pass through a network of waterways that comprises of canals, lakes, and water-bound villages.

8. Cochin (Kochi) Backwaters:

Cochin is also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, and these are a group of islands on the Vembanad Lake. The islands include Vypin, Bolgatty, Vallarpadam, and Gundu. Various civilizations (Chinese, Arabs, Portuguese, British and Dutch) have left their mark on these islands. The beautiful Jewish synagogue, Dutch palace, and other remnants of Asian and European architecture merge smoothly into the fabric of the Kochi seaport city.

9. Calicut (Kozhikode) backwaters:

These backwaters are unspoiled and unexplored with the Elathur canal on the river Kallai being a favorite boating haunt. You will also like the mesmerizing bird sanctuary of Kadalundi. Zamorin’s Kozhikode has always eagerly welcomed guests. This was the place where Vasco-Di-Gama set his foot when he reached Kerala for the first time.

10. Kasargod Backwaters:

Here, backwater trips at Valiyaparamba and on the Chandragiri River provide fascinating experiences. On its sea coast, Kasargod offers mesmerizing trips to the vivacious Valiyaparamba and the enchanting Chandragiri. On the tour, do not forget to check out the superbly-preserved Fort Bekal. The Kappil and Pallikere beach are excellent rejuvenation and relaxation spots.

Have you ever visited the backwaters of Kerala or treated yourself to the splendidness of houseboats?

Then, we invite you to visit the beauty of Kerala, and its backwaters that are overflowing with pleasantness and feast to delight the traveler’s heart during the monsoons.

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Last Updated : May 06,2021
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