Leaving from Kerala without having a boat-tour in the backwaters it is like leaving from Athens without visiting the Parthenon!
Backwaters is one of the major tourism product of Kerala, being unique to the state. Traditionally used as one of the main transportation alleys, today backwaters offer a rejuvenating experience for tourists visiting Kerala.
The Kerala Backwaters are a network of interconnected canals, rivers, lakes and inlets, a labyrinthine system formed by more than 1,500 km of waterways. They have a unique ecosystem, freshwater from the rivers meets the seawater from the Arabian Sea.
The kettuvallams (Kerala houseboats) in the backwaters are one of the prominent tourist attractions in Kerala. Converted to accommodate tourists, the houseboats have become floating cottages having a sleeping area, with western-style toilets, a dining area and a sit out on the deck. Most tourists spend the night on a house boat. A wide variety of fresh seafood is cooked on board by the accompanying staff – mostly having a flavour of Kerala. More than 2000 kettuvallams ply the backwaters, 120 of them in Alappuzha.
Due to lack of time, unfortunately we had planned to stay in Alappuzha for only one day, so we couldn’t hire a houseboat and sleep inside. But at least, we did a much cheaper 3 hour backwater tour with a motor boat enough to feel the splendour of the picturesque scenery!
It is water, water and water everywhere, with few narrow of strip of land in-between with huge coconut trees guarding, with its palms swaying in wind. The verdant landscape can captivate even the most pretentious travellers! For sure, one more place to be in India!
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