5 Fascinating Backwater Trails in Kerala beyond Alleppey & Kumarakom

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Kerala, the God’s own country, is bestowed with a vast coastline fringed with coconut palms, scenic hill stations, enchanting backwaters, cascading waterfalls and exotic wildlife. Of these, the Kerala Backwaters trails are one of the top attractions of Kerala Tourism and also one of the popular things to do in Kerala.  The backwaters are a chain of salt water lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast of Kerala. The Kerala Backwaters network includes 5 huge lakes, 38 rivers and lagoons. Most popular backwaters trails in Kerala spread across the famous Vembanad Lake and Ashtamudi Lake. 

Kerala has many backwater trails.  Alappuzha or Alleppey and Kumarakom are the most famous destinations of backwaters in Kerala and also most visited tourist places in Kerala. Apart from Alleppey & Kumarakom, Kochi, Kollam, Kuttanad, Kottayam and Kozhikode are the other popular trails of Kerala Backwaters.

Kochi Backwaters

Kochi or Cochin is one of the most visited backwater destinations in Kerala and also one of the top places to visit in Kerala.Often referred as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, Kochi is considered as one of the finest harbors in the world. Nothing can be fascinating than cruising through the serene lakes of Cochin that are lined up with palm trees.  Kochi is the main tourist hub for many Kerala tours and also the starting &ending point of many backwater cruises. Kochi – Alleppey & Kochi – Kollam are the two popular backwater trails of Kochi Tourism.

The unique Chinese fishing nets silhouetted against the backdrop of the setting sun, water birds, wild flowers and lush greenery along their banks and lined with swaying coconut palms, the backwaters in Kochi provides the most breathtaking view.  Houseboats are the best way to explore the majestic surroundings of Cochin backwaters as well as Kerala Tourism. Indira Gandhi Boat Race is the popular event conducted in the backwaters of Cochin, during the last week of December.

Kollam Backwaters

Kollam, also known as Quilon, is one of the most beautiful backwater destinations in Kerala located between the Ashtamudi Lake and Lakshadweep Sea.  Ashtamudi Lake covers thirty percent of Kollam district and is the 2nd largest lake in Kerala. The lush green vegetation, placid and crystal clear water makes Kollam the southern gateway to Kerala Backwaters. 

Kollam Backwaters are best explored on traditional Kerala houseboats and are equipped with all modern facilities. The eight hour boat trip between Kollam and Alappuzha is the one of the best way to explore the backwaters of Kollam. Kollam -Cochin and Kollam – Kumarakom are the other popular backwater routes. Kollam is the venue for the most famous Kallada Boat Race held in January every year.

Kottayam Backwaters

Kottayam, bounded by Western Ghats on the east and the Vembanad Lake on the west, is a well-known Kerala Backwaters destination and also one of the prominent tourist places in Kerala. The famous Vembanad Lake marks Kottayam Backwaters as a renowned tourist destination. The famous Kottayam backwater cruises include sailing in houseboats on the enchanting Vembanad Lake and passing through the legendary Punnamada Lake, viewing the unique lifestyle of people in Kerala. 

It is a land of striking beauty with long stretches of serene backwaters, sprawling paddy fields, rubber plantations and a population of literate people and hence is cited as the ‘land of letters, latex and lakes’. Kottayam Backwaters are one of the most significant revenue sources of Kottayam Tourism. A backwater cruise in the Kottayam Backwaters is the perfect way to enjoy the beauty of nature in Kerala.

Kuttanad Backwaters

Kuttanad, also known as ‘the rice bowl of Kerala’ is one amongst the most fascinating destinations of Backwaters in Kerala. It stretches for 75 km from Kollam to Kochi, sandwiched between the sea and the hills. With seven rivers flowing through it (Pampa, Manimala, Achencoil, Meenachil, Moovattupuzha, Chalakudy & Periyar), Kuttanad is breathtakingly beautiful and also an ideal destination for a backwater cruise in Kerala.

The most famed backwater excursion of the Kuttanad region is the full-day journey between Kollam and Alappuzha.  Kuttanad is one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level. 

Kozhikode Backwaters

Kozhikode, also known as Calicut is a small little town situated in the northern part of Kerala. It is one of the best backwater destinations in Kerala. These backwaters have been blessed by abundant natural beauty, exotic flora and fauna, heritage sites, verdant surroundings, and more. The popular Kerala boat cruises from Kozhikode are Kozhikode – Kadalundi – Kasargod and Kozhikode – Kappad Beach. Kozhikode takes you on the memorable journey sailing along the Kallai River and Canoli River. Kadalundi, located 25 km from Kozhikode town, is a beautiful bird sanctuary near the backwater destination of Kozhikode that attracts nature lovers.

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