Kerala Back Waters
Back Water is a part of the river where the water is stationary is or moves slowly because it is away from the main river. A visit to Kerala attains its repletion only with a backwater cruise. It flimsily touches our heart. Back waters of Kerala are stretch to over 900 km. House boats trips across this tranquil stretches are an experiences unique to Kerala. The vast expanse of bluish green water, life in house boats and bordering landscape attracts the tourists from all over the world. The water way of Kerala unveils the experiences in every turn. Here given the main back waters of Kerala.
Back Waters of Kerala
Kumarakam: Kumarakam is the one of the most finest back water stretches in Kerala. It is situated 10 km from Kottayam. Snug with lush paddy fields, high land and extensive paddy fields are the main attraction of Kumarakam. This is an exotic picnic spot which provide different facilities such as fishing, boating and sightseeing That provide unforgettable experience and exhilarating experience for the tourists. Ornithologist paradise 'Kumarakam Bird Sanctuary' near the back water is also an exclusive attraction here.
1)Pathiramanal: This is an Island lies between Thaneermukkom and Kumarakam and is accessible only by boat. In order reach Pathiramanal it takes one and a half hour in motor boats and 30 minute in speed boats from Alappuzha. This enchanting island of Pathiramanal, which is situated on the banks of back water is also known as 'Sands of Midnight' and is a favorite hunts of hundreds of rare migratory birds from different parts of the world.
2) Thiruvallam: Situated 6 km from Thiruvanthapuram, this becalmed back water stretch en route to Kovalam and is famous for the temple on the banks of the river Karamana which is 2000 years old. Canoe rides, kayaking, and cruses are the main attractions of Thiruvallam.
3)Veli: Situated 8 km from Thiruvanthapuram, the back waters of Veli is well known place for boating. Veli tourist village is sandwiched between Veli lagoon and the Arabian sea. The village provide different facilities for the tourist such as water sports and a 18 acre water front park with a floating bridge connecting the beach.
4)Akkulam: Situated 10 km Thiruvanthapuram, the back water of Akkulam is a famous tourist place and banks of the back water provide different leisure and entertainment options including swimming, boating, musical dancing fountain, children park etc.
5)Kappil: This back water is situated 53 km from Thiruvananthapuram. Kappil is a confluence of sea, river and back water where the tourists have worth to view. Boating facilities in the back water is provided by the Priyadarshini Boat club.
6)Kollam: Kollam is the oldest pots in the state which is situated 71 km to the north of Thiruvananthapuram. This is place where the magnificent flow of water ways begins. From the framed Ashtamudi Lake known as the gateway to the back water, a 130km long system of interlinked canals and lakes winds all the way to the north. The longest back water cruise in Kerala is the 8 hour trip from this back water to Alappuzha.
7)Alumkadavu: This back water is situated 23 km from Kollam. Kayamkulam Lake is the picturesque little village of Alumkadavu. This hamlet nearby back water is the home of skilled artisans who craft enoromous kettuvallams.
8)Kottappuram: This is a famous place situated 5 km south west of Nileswaram. Kottappuram is a place where the longest walking bridge in Kerala is situated. One of the oldest coir factory in Malabar is also near the Kottappuram back water.
9)Valiyaparamba: This is the one of the most scenic back water stretch in Kerala. It is situated 30 km from Bekal Fort in Kasaragod. Dotted with numerous islands and fed by four rivers viewers can explore the beauty of back water in a houseboat through the journey from Kottapuram in Nileswaram to Kannur through Valiyaparamba back waters.
10)Kozhikode: Back water of Kozhikode are unexplored and unspoiled, which offer a delightful holiday option for the tourists. The favorite places which offer boating facilities Kozhikode back water are Elathur, Canoli canal and the Payyoli river. The popolur tourists destinations such as Kadalundi, with its beautiful bird sanctuary and Korapuzha, the venue of Korapuzha Jalotsavam ( water feast ) offer a fascinating view for the tourists.
11)Kochi: Kochi is a famous place and is more popular as the Queen of Arabian Sea .It is the one of the finest natural harbours in the world. Half of the fun of visiting Kochi is going about in the local ferries. The cruise through the back waters Kochi take you to many scant spot such as Bolgatty, Vypeen, Gundu, Vallarpadam etc.
12)Kuttanad: This is a famous place is situated at the very heart of back water and is known as the rice bowl of Kerala because of the wealth of paddy crops. Kuttanad is situated much below the sea level and is one of the few places in the world where the farming is done below the sea level.
13)Alappuzha: Alappuzha is referred to as the Venice of the East. This is a back water country that have vast networks of lakes, fresh water river and lagoons which provide an exotic view for the tourists. Alappuzha is a venue for the world renowned snake boat races. This place is also famous for the coir industry and other marine products.
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