India’s southern state of Kerala is blessed with serene raw beauty in the form of pristine backwaters. These backwaters seem like a never-ending collection of interconnected waterways with beautiful paddy fields and coconut groves on their banks. Travellers pass through these in traditional house boats, which is an exotic experience for many. The backwaters of Kerala have regularly ranked amongst the top places to see in India. Read on to know about some of the most alluring Kerala backwater destinations.
Travellers must experience a cruise through this long route, which is easily one of the most beautiful backwater routes in Kerala. The entire route is lined with tall palm trees and rustic villages where life is still traditional. A cruise along this route normally lasts for an entire day. Travellers can choose from a wide variety of options –country boats, luxury houseboats, small speedboats, and big passenger motorboats. Also, one shouldn’t miss a ride on the Vembanad Lake to take in exhilarating sights of paddy fields and coconut lagoons.
The backwaters of Ashtamudi are also popular routes and can be accessed after reaching the Ashtamudi Lake. It is Kerala’s second largest lake, with a total length of 16 km and flows into the sea from the Neendakara estuary. Travellers can enjoy boat rides and houseboat cruises through this amazing and calm route. Experience true bliss and feel connected with nature as you float atop these serene waterways.
Chithari is a tiny yet picturesque tropical island in Kerala. It is still largely a less travelled destination amongst other backwaters of Kerala, which could be the reason that its beauty remains preserved perfectly in its natural form. The island is lush green and offers stunning views. A trip to Chithari becomes more exotic as this island can be reached only by largely wooden canoes made traditionally by locals.
The Kavvayi backwaters of Payyanur, also popular as Kavvayi Kayal, are also among Kerala’s spectacular backwaters. Travellers can enjoy romantic cruises across this long route, which is located in Kannur. The lush greenery and cool breeze have a soothing effect. Ride through the waters in traditionally made country boats and experience the peaceful sights and sounds. The backwaters and the surrounding wetlands are home to a diverse variety of flora and fauna and are dotted with numerous small and big islands.
The backwaters of Kuttanad welcome visitors with a number of thriving vast paddy fields. Get amazed with the sight of farming being carried out below sea level (about 4 to 10 feet) lands. The charming backwaters here are lined with islets of coconut trees and paddy fields. The region is also home to a colourful bird life.