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Backwaters of Kerala

Ashtamudi Kayal

Ashtamudi Kayal is located in the Kollam district of Kerala which is a deep and large wetland ecosystem. The area that surrounds this backwater is very beautiful and is covered by greenery. It is one of the popular tourist destinations and many visit here to cruise the backwater in houseboats. There are also some islands here called as the Munroe islands, Chavara south etc. People get a great opportunity to enjoy the scenery of our state on their cruise in the houseboats.



Chandragiri backwater is in the Kasaragod district of Kerala. Eventhough not on a large basis, some tourists visits this backwater to cruise and enjoy the beauty of nature.


Alappuzha backwater

In Alappuzha district there are backwaters which are famous for their busy coast lines and the boat race. One of the main reasons the tourists gather here is to enjoy the Nehru Trophy snake boat race competition conducted every year during the Onam festival.


Vembanad Kayal

Vembanad Kayal is the largest lake in Kerala and is the longest lake in India. It has become a major tourist attraction and is visited by tourists from all over the world. One of the things that attracted the tourists to this place is the backwater cruise in houseboats. It flows through three districts in Kerala namely Alappuzha, Kottayam and Ernakulam.



Thiruvallam is a famous tourist backwater destination in Thiruvananthapuram district. The two main rivers that flow to thiruvallam is the Killi and karamana rivers. This backwater is famous for canoe riding. A tour through the thiruvallam backwaters is a memorable one to all those who visits there.


Fort Kochi

Kochi has a very good harbour right from the ancient times. The lake that surrounds Fort Kochi is the Vembanad Lake and the people can use ferry boats to travel through this lake. There are many small islands between Fort Kochi, Mattanchery and Ernakulam. The backwater cruise is done around islands like Bolgatty, Vyppin, Gundu and Vallarpadam.


Valiyaparamba Backwaters

Valiyaparamba is a backwater stretch in Kasaragod district and lie about 30 kms away from Bekal. It consists of many islands and four rivers are joining here.



Kumbalangi is a fishing village that is situated in Ernakulam. Kumbalangi has a very vast backwater stretch which is interconnected by waterways. The land is separated from water with the presence of large mangroves.



One of the famous and a major backwater of Kerala lie in Kottayam district called as the Kumarakom backwaters where many rivers and lakes flow into the Vembanad lake. Kumarakom is situated around 15v kms from the Kottayam town. Vembanad lake is situated in Kumarakom and its importance as a tourist destination is increasing at a fast pace.