Another jewel in the crown of Kerala, the proclaimed god’s own country is its backwaters. The world famous Backwaters are a major tourism merchandise of Kerala. Interwoven in a network of numerous canals, lagoons, rivers and lakes stretched from one end to the other through mesmerizing waterways, connected through even more mesmerizing houseboats that float over the sparkling water and make it all so divine that it becomes hard to believe if it’s true, right on earth! Indeed it is, only in Kerala backwaters. The traditional boats earlier used as the means of transportation now serve as magical gateways to the intricate labyrinth of the enticing backwaters that do not fail to come up to the expectations of the vagabonds and tourists searching for true tropical marvel.
Boating along the backwaters provides the opportunity to witness the spectacular beauty of the Kerala Landscape, its pristine lush mangroves while swaying palms in the backdrop make it more irresistible. The beautiful blue sky shines over the vast emerald land warren networked by extended waterways, adorned by towering coconut trees, the symbol of this tropical paradise, an extended shoreline with sun kissed beaches and make it look like a paradise on Earth. Entire Kerala is a dream come true for a tourist but its backwaters are totally classy, as charming as mysterious, never fail to comprehend the beauty of the God’s own Country. The backwaters cover around 900 km and comprise somewhere around 38 rivers and numerous lagoons and lakes that empty into the Arabian Sea, forming an ecological system.
The beginning of the backwater maze is Kollam, erstwhile a major trade point for travelers. Tourists can go on hiring houseboats which fits their comfort, taste and budget and cruise on the waterways for as long as they want depending on their daily rental rates. Cruise on the clear water while get enchanted by the radiance of the pristine Kerala and scenic views of the birds, villages, remote mud houses and a lot more. Another popular backwater destination is kottayam-Kumarakom. Earlier just a huddle of tiny islands now is a major crowd puller. Kumarakom Houseboat trip is an idyllic way to enjoy the classic beauty of the landscape. Waking up and seeing the vast blue sky above while birds chirping plays your alarm clock, shrubs, green grass and blooming flowers are your neighbors, dew springing up from the backwaters and the entire effervescent scene unhindered by the bustling city’s noise, it is all so enchanting. And having such an experience is now a reality, in the very own beautiful backwaters of Kerala.
Another destination for backwater’s beauty seekers is Alappuzha also called Alleppey. It is often referred to as the Venice of the East owing to the grand canals that connect the area. Alleppey houseboats are an amazing way of witnessing the beauty of Kerala in its original form. The backwaters are extended from the Vembanand Lake to the districts of Ernakulam, Alappuzha, Kottayam and it finally drains into the astounding Arabian Sea. Enjoy the Snake boat race in Alleppey. Visit the temples and the various churches. Alleppey is a den of religious sites the best part of which is that even Non-Hindu are allowed it, thus even foreigners can witness the majestic temples and the awe inspiring traditions.
Don’t keep counting the days, go on, plan your holiday in the God’s own country today and enter yourself in the league of the few lucky ones who cherish the beauty of the Nature.
Rajesh Raj is an eminent analyst and writer in Travel & Tours related topics. He has authored many books on Kerala Houseboat & Kerala Backwaters. Find more information related to Kerala backwater houseboats log on www.keralabackwaterhouseboats.com
Enjoy a Dreamlike Vacation Floating On the Kerala Backwaters