Kerala backwaters are emerging as a popular tourist destination in India. The interlinked body of waterways in Kerala is called the backwaters. The coastal regions of Kerala have a network of waterways, inlets from the sea, estuaries of over forty rivers, lakes and natural canals, which connect the coastal town. The freshwater from the rivers mixes with the seawater from the Arabian Sea in the backwaters. Many unique species of flora and fauna are found here. There are many town and cities in Kerala, which work as a base for the backwater cruises. Many resorts offer the world-class services to the tourists coming for Honeymoon, adventure or other activities.

About Alappuzha

Alappuzha is the “GATE WAY” to BACK WATER TOURISM in India as it is blessed with enchanting Arabian Sea and its splendorous silver shore on the West and the nature’s most blissful Kuttanad the rice bowl of Kerala, fascinating expansive water sheets of Vembanad lakes, rivers, lagoons and unfading greenery on the east. The beautified canals which are the arteries of Alappuzha and the connecting link between the sea and backwaters are also added attraction to the tourists.

About Backwaters

The Kerala backwaters are a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast (known as the Malabar Coast) of Kerala state in southern India. The network includes five large lakes linked by canals, both manmade and natural, fed by 38 rivers, and extending virtually half the length of Kerala state. The backwaters were formed by the action of waves and shore currents creating low barrier islands across the mouths of the many rivers flowing down from the Western Ghats range.

Kerala has over 900 km of interconnected waterways, rivers, lakes and inlets that make up the Kerala backwaters. In the midst of this beautiful landscape there are a number of towns and cities, which are the starting and end points of backwater cruises. National Waterway No. 3 from Kollam to Kottapuram, covers a distance of 205 km and runs almost parallel to the coast line of southern Kerala facilitating both cargo movement and backwater tourism.

The backwaters have a unique ecosystem - freshwater from the rivers meets the seawater from the Arabian Sea. In certain areas, such as the Vembanad Kayal, where a barrage has been built near Kumarakom, salt water from the sea is prevented from entering the deep inside, keeping the fresh water intact. Such fresh water is extensively used for irrigation purposes Vembanad Kayal is the largest of the lakes, covering an area of 200 km², and bordered by Alappuzha (Alleppey), Kottayam, and Ernakulam districts. The port of Kochi (Cochin) is located at the lake's outlet to the Arabian Sea. Alleppey, "Venice of the East", has a large network of canals that meander through the town. Vembanad is India’s longest lake.
Place to visits in Alleppey

Take you through the legendary Punnamada lake. High points of the Cruise are the visit to the 400 year old church and the viewing of a Kerala race boat… the snake boat etc.

Alleppey -Kumarakom
Cruise through the Punnamada Lake … the venue of the famous Nehru trophy snake boat race. Enter the enchanting waters of the Vembanad lake… enjoy the panoramic views and the glimpses of life along the banks. Visit r-block, c-block where paddy is cultivated much below the water level. Stop by the Pathiramanal Island. Visit Chavara bhavan… the old wooden house where the blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara was born. Night stay at Kumaramom. Early morning leave the houseboat.


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