Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Most Stunning Gateways into Kerala’s Backwaters

Perfectly nestled between the Western Ghats and Arabian Sea of the Indian subcontinent, Kerala stands out as the most exotic holiday destination in Asia and abroad. The misty mountains and unending azure sea bordered by swaying palm trees make Kerala an enchanting land of scenic beauty. Apart from these, span of tranquil backwaters are a major attraction of the state. One of the best ways to explore the mesmerizing panorama of Kerala is to embark on a houseboat that moves on the backwaters and takes you close to marine life, local villages, paddy fields and forests. To plan your backwater trip better, we have listed some of the famous gateways to Kerala backwaters.

Alleppey Backwaters: Also known as the “Venice of the East”, Alleppey is one of the famous backwater gateways of Kerala around the Vembanad Lake. Most of the backwater cruises begin or end here. A lot of canals, lagoons and waterways surrounding Alleppey make it an ideal backwater gateway. While cruising here, you get to enjoy stunning sight of lush paddy fields, banana and palm trees and lively marine creatures. Sunset cruise, overnight stay and day houseboat trips are organized to provide a mesmerizing view of the state at all point of time of the day.

Kumarakom Backwaters: Kumarakom is an example of an ideal archipelago spread over the eastern range of the Vembanad Lake. Take a day cruise from Alleppey to Kumarakom and spend a romantic luxury night in one of the luxury resorts located on the heart of Kumarakom backwaters. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, home to several local and migratory birds is a nature lover’s paradise. The Siberian stork is the most distinctive bird species found here. Innumerable canals, streams and distributaries are the most unusual yet beautiful features of this backwater destination.

Kollam Backwaters: Ashtamudi Lake is the most significant natural body that forms the Kollam backwaters and offers an incredible view of the entire surrounding. This is the second largest lake in Kerala and backwaters here are less crowded as compared to Alleppey and Kumarakom. Houseboat cruise through this lake is the best way the local villages and its daily activities like toddy tapping, prawn and fish farming, coir making and rice- boat building. Explore the unspoilt beauty of this heavenly retreat like never before.

Kozhikode Backwaters: The backwaters around Kozhikode are less popular and hence less touristy. But it is the less crowded trait of the backwaters here that add to the beauty of the region. Hire a houseboat and travel through one of the prettiest routes encompassing Canoly Canal, Kallai River and Elathur. This backwater ride even takes you to Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, comprising of a group of small islands, the meeting point of Kadalundi River and Arabian Sea. You get to enjoy some of the relaxed moments of life amidst more than 200 species of native and migratory birds.

Backwaters, a natural network of waterways, lagoons and lakes running parallel to the Kerala coastline are the most panoramic sights to be witnessed here. A backwater cruise amidst the colorful surrounding and fresh breeze lead to promisingly great and unforgettable experience of a lifetime

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