Kerala is a place gifted with a number of manmade as well as natural wonders. The place is full of lovely beaches, alluring hill stations, strikingly beautiful backwaters and a number of historical and architectural wonders. Out of all these, Kerala's most stunning feature is the backwaters, which are rare and fascinating. Kerala backwaters are a source of water for harvesting as well as are major tourist attractions. The rippling backwaters alone attract a number of domestic and foreign tourists, to Kerala. The backwaters in Kerala are interesting phenomena. The backwaters hold a diverse ecosystem, which includes lagoons, lakes, canals, estuaries and deltas of several rivers that ultimately meet the Arabian Sea.
While the whole India is rich in natural heritage, the backwaters are found exclusively in Kerala. These backwaters are the perfect combination of scenic beauty and tranquil realms. Houseboats are the major transport to travel through backwaters. Traveling on a traditional houseboat is the best way to absorb the beauty of Kerala backwaters, as you pass through numerous lush green villages and small towns. There are a number of places from where houseboats and backwater tours are operational.
If Kerala is known as the ‘Venice of the East’ it is certainly not an exaggeration. If you get thrilled by the idea of spending some quality time amidst a brilliantly exotic location, then Kerala will be the top choice. To get a feel of Kerala's countryside, one must take a houseboat ride on the gurgling Alappuzha (Alleppey) backwaters. Step into a traditional country boat to extensively explore the backwaters,
Houseboats in Kerala are floating palaces which float over the labyrinth of canals and estuaries that connect small and remote villages of Kerala with the rest of the world. These houseboats mostly run on the backwaters traversing a large number of small canals. In earlier times these channels and traditional boats were used as the only mode of transport from one remote town to another. With the introduction of the latest means of transport,
Kuttanad is one of the most sought after backwater destinations in Kerala. It is situated in Alappuzha district of Kerala. This place is also famous as the rice bowl of Kerala. Hence, lush green paddy fields are also a common sight in Kuttanad. Interestingly, the best feature of most of Kuttanad's vegetation is that almost all the vegetation is located below the sea level. The lush green covers of Kuttanad are beautifully covered with the waterways
Kerala Tourism : Kerala Backwaters