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Backwaters of Kerala

 

The backwaters refer to the large inland lakes, lagoons, rivers & canals water network of Kerala. Kerala’s life is largely influenced along with these backwaters. Backwaters are the accumulation of Sea water at the sea beach during the to-fro motion of sea-waves in the form of lagoons, estuaries etc. They stretch over the state physique, bestowing paddy fields with good harvests, and provide the whole village with drinking water and other facilities such as fishing and a mode of transportation. Once, these backwaters were acted as a major mode of transportation for rice, coconut & other produce from highlands to nearest ports. In this world of simple pleasures, you will skim past ancient Chinese fishing nets, water lilies, lush paddy fields, coir villages, rustic homes, temples and coconut groves. Endless lagoons, lakes, canals, estuaries and the deltas of forty four rivers make up the 900km backwater network of Kerala.

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Houseboats of Kerala 

The Houseboats of Kerala are giant country crafts, measuring up to 80 feet in length, retrieved from being lost to the State altogether. Once they ruled the backwaters, poled along by one or two men, heavily loaded with rice, coconut and other commodities. But in the recent times, the kettuvalloms have been replaced by more and modern modes of transport, relegating them to neglect and decay. The “Kettuvallam” meaning ‘boat with knots’- was so called because the entire boat was held together with coir knots only - not even a single nail is used during the construction. The boat is made of planks of jack-wood joined together with coir. This is then coated with a caustic black resin made from boiled cashew kernels. Once these Kettuvallam’s were ruled the backwaters. It has been a major medium of transportation of goods & people in Kerala backwaters in yesteryears.

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Kochi Backwaters

 

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Kochi has long been eulogized in tourist literature as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”. The harbour is the nucleus around which Kochi has grown. The backwaters extending to the east and south from the harbour are dotted with tiny island formed naturally by alluvial deposits from the rivers.Some of these picturesque islands are Bolgatty, Vypeen, Gundu and Vallarpadom.

 

Half the fun of visiting Kochi is moving around on the local ferries. A conducted cruise through the winding waterways will take us to several quaint spots.

 

The prime attractions of Kochi backwaters are:-

 

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Kumarakom Backwaters

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Nestled among lush paddy fields, Highlands and extensive rubber plantations is Kumarakom, one of the most popular and most beautiful backwater stretches of Kerala. Kumarakom is located 16kms from Kottayam District. An unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned with lilies. In this small water world we will come across plenty of traditional country crafts, boats and canoes which will take us into the heart of the scenic lake. The resorts nearby offers comfortable accommodation and exclusive leisure options like an Ayurvedic massage, yoga, meditation, boating, fishing, angling and swimming. An exclusive attraction here is the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, which is an ornithologist paradise. It is known for local varieties like the water fowl, cuckoo, owl and the water duck as well as migratory Siberian storks. Within the 101acres of beautifully wooded grounds is the Kumarakom Tourist complex, Built across the 50year old “Bakers Mansion” formerly a small and pretty hotel run by KTDC, but now redone in greater style by Taj Kerala resorts Ltd.

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North Kerala Backwaters 

 

Kozhikode backwaters promise you a memorable holiday experience. Kozhikode was once the capital of the great Zamorins. It was a prominent trade and commercial centre and the land of the Malabar Maholsavam and was the most important region of Malabar in the earlier days.A boat cruise along the Kallai River and Canoli Canal on Kozhikode backwater is an enjoyable romance filed holiday. The sheer pleasure of letting our eyes rest on velvety green hills at a distance as we sail along on this unpolluted backwater.

 

The important attraction of this backwater is Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary. The estuary at Kadalundi is a haven for migratory birds. Terns, gulls, herons, sandpipers, whimbells and other exotic birds flock into this place.Another main attraction is Korapuzha, the venue of the Korapuzha Jalotsavam, a water fiesta.

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Backwater Tourism in Kerala


Land and water share an extraordinary kinship in Kerala. The land which is believed to have sprung forth from the sea continues to bask in the tender life giving care of the waters that lap gently on its coast, cascade down its hills and valleys and rests calmly in exotic backwaters and lagoons.

There is a different Kerala along these backwaters, throbbing with its own unique culture. As a visitor to Kerala, it can be an unbelievably different experience just floating on these waters in a country craft or a houseboat and absorbing this unusual representation of Kerala’s life.

We might begin at Alappuzha, which is hailed as the Venice of the East, because of its intricate maze of backwaters, canals and bridges. When the visitor leaves Alappuzha on a boat voyage through Kuttanad, we will find our self traveling along canals where the level of water is often higher than that of the green endless paddy fields on either side.

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Veli Lagoon & Tourist Village

Veli Backwater Lagoon Lake Tour Package

 

Veli lagoon, an exciting place for picnics, the Veli Tourist Village is built near the Veli lagoon fringed with greenery and easily accessible by road. Veli is located only 8kms from Trivandrum city. The Tourist Village provides an excellent atmosphere for the relaxing.

A beautifully landscaped garden and facilities for swimming, boating etc on the placid waters of the lake attracts hundreds of visitors every day.

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AKKULAM Backwaters

 Akkulam Backwaters

Akkulam is a backwater tourism center just ten kilometer from Thampanoor- the heart center of Trivandrum City.Akkulam backwaters is an extension of the well known Veli Lake.

 

On the banks of the tranquil backwaters of Akkulam is a popular tourist village with various leisure options. It is a perfect retreat for the city dwellers of Trivandrum. Those who live a life in multi-storied flats and congested dwellings of the crowded city can breathe fresh air and have cool bath in the swimming pool for as low as Rs.15 per head.

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Thiruvallam Backwaters

Thiruvallam Lake & Lagoon Backwater Holidays & Tour Package

Thiruvallam is a popular tourist – backwater destination situated just 6km from Trivandrum.This serene backwaters stretch is also very popular for its canoe rides. Killi and Karamana are the two rivers that come together at Thriuvallam, offers its spectators a breathtaking view. A temple dedicated to Parashurama, the legendary founder of Kerala is also located here, where tourists in large numbers come every year to offer prayers.

Thiruvallam Backwaters are a pleasant sight for the eyes. This destination promises a memorable vacation. Exotic flowers, vegetation, water birds and others are all there to share the scenic beauty of Thiruvallam backwaters with you , on the Thiruvallam Backwaters Tours.

The Veli Tourist Village, sandwiched between the Veli Lagoon and Arabian Sea, lies at a distance of just 8kms from the capital city of Trivandrum and offers a famous picnic spot for those visiting the Thiruvallam Backwaters. The Akkulam Boat Club, again just 8kms away from Trivandrum, offering boating cruises on Akkulam Lake and a park for children is major crowd puller of Trivandrum.

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Kappil Backwaters

Kappil Backwater Holidays

Located 53km from the Trivandrum and 8 kilometers from Varkala, A convergence of the sea, river and the backwater, this secluded, picturesque spot is worth the visit. This amiable spot is considered as one of the leading tourist’s destination in Kerala.

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Alapuzha Backwaters

Alappuzha caressed by the silvery waves of the Arabian Sea, occupies a significant place in the backwater map of Kerala. Interlocked with a large number of canals and bridges, this water locked district has immense untapped potential for backwater tourism. Alappuzha has several canals and lakes well in shape for a boat cruise.

Backwater Holidays in Alleppey

Three prominent rivers in the southern grid to Kerala viz Achankovil, Pamba and Manimala empty into the lakes. The Vembanad Lake stretches from Alleppey to Cochin and Kayamkulam Lake which lies in both Alappuzha and Quilon districts are used for inland water transport of Cargo and Passengers. 

 

 

 

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Known as the Rice Bowl of Kerala because of its wealth of paddy crops Kuttanad in Alappuzha is the very heart of the Backwaters. This is one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level.

Kuttanad is crisscrossed with waterways that run alongside fields of cassava, banana and yam, as well as emerald green paddy fields. The fields are surrounded by earthen bunds and crops are grown on the low-lying ground. This is similar to the polder regions of the Netherlands where land is reclaimed from the sea and crops are grown.

Kuttanad is a backwater paradise and an ideal destination for a backwater cruise in Kerala.Its innumerable streams, channels, waterways and lakes make it possible to drift along in a houseboat and enjoy the scenic view of the Kerala countryside.

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Extensive areas of land have been reclaimed from the backwaters and are protected by dikes built all around. Here cultivation and habitation is made possible four to ten feet below sea level. A leisurely cruise along the canals that surround these Kayals is a memorable experience.

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Pathiramanal Island

Pathiramanal, which means sands of midnight, is a wonderful island on the backwaters. According to mythology a young Brahmin once dived into the Vembanad Lake to perform his evening ablutions and the water made way for the land to rise from below to form this beautiful island.

This enchanting island, on the backwaters is a favorite haunt of hundreds of rare migratory birds from different parts of the world. This island lies between Thaneermukkam and Kumarakom, and is accessible only by boat.

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Snake Boat Races of Kerala

 Snake Boat Race of Kerala

In the months of August and September that the moist rain drenched earth and the glorious ever flowing backwaters burst into song together, as over hundred  thousand men and women gather on the banks to witness a spectacular water regatta- the Snake Boat Races.

 

Boat Race crews begin to practice for the race months before the competition day. They live together, eat together, toil together to work themselves into a smooth, co-ordinated team. On boat race day, the Chundan Valloms as the greatest racing boats are called- are called – are slicked down with a special oil to make them glide effortlessly through water. The crews then visit a shrine carrying the stroke and largest steering oar with them.

And having offered prayers to the Almighty, they are now ready to war with their fellow men.

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Nehru Trophy Boat Race

In the year 1952, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India visited the erstwhile Travancore- Cochin. On his way to Alappuzha district from Kottayam he was 

given a roaring reception by the people of Alappuzha, escorted by the huge snake – boats. Having gone through the tremendous excitement of sailing in a snake boat popularly known as chundan he donated a rolling trophy to be awarded to the winner of the Snake Boat race to be held every year. The trophy is a imitation of a snake boat in silver, on which the following words of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru is inscribed above his signature “To the winner of the boat which is unique feature of community life in Travancore – Cochin”. Hereafter the boat race has grown into Alappuzha’s most important event.

This Boat Race is one of those events, which the people of Kerala look forward to with excitement. Thousands of Keralities- men, women and children- throng the watersides of Alappuzha to witness this event. Huge Pavilions are set up for the people on the bank and in the middle of the Punnamada Lake. Over 16 Chundan Valloms participate in the race along with scores of smaller crafts like the churulan, veppu, odi etc., with a price for each category. There are separate races for women too. The race begins with a colourful display of floats, performing arts and decorated boats.

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Champakkulam Boat Race: 

The traditional annual boat race of Kerala begins in July at Champakulam .This festival is known as “Moolam Vallamkali”. “Moolam signifies Malayalam Nakshathram Moolam in the month of Mithunam. This is the much oldest Boat Race in Kerala. 

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