The Most Amazing Backwater Destinations of Kerala


Kerala is truly God’s Own Country. Tea gardens, backwaters and coconut lagoons make it one of the most sought for tourist destinations. Postcard perfect beaches, magnificent landscapes and the unique backwaters soothe your senses in the best possible way. The Kerala Backwaters are a network of interconnected canals, rivers, lakes and inlets, a unique and really picturesque water system formed by more than 900 km of waterways and a must visit place for all.

Here are some best and the most picturesque backwater destinations of Kerala for an ideal getaway.


Alleppey is also known as Venice of the East. Apart from being home to the coir industry, it is also the backwater hub of Kerala with lovely green fringed canals and waterways.

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The backwater cruises from Alleppey to Kollam is one of the most scenic  in Kerala. If you happen to visit it in August, you can also enjoy the snake boat race here.


The huge green paddy fields in Kuttanad by the canals with diverse birds and animals make it a great backwater destination in Kerala.

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While here you can also go and see the unique concept of undersea farming. If you love birdwatching, you should definitely visit this place. Take a house boat cruise through the backwaters of Kuttanad and make memories for life.


Kumarakom backwaters has mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields, canals filled with white water lilies and coconut groves.

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The wonderful view of the verdant surroundings and the soothing sound of the water from the houseboat is what makes the trip to this place unforgettable.


Valiyaparamba backwaters in Kasargod district is a peaceful and unexploited tourist destination for all those who are seeking solitude. You can spot lots of birds amidst the coconut groves here.

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Besides the backwaters, the cultural heritage of Kasargod is also quite noteworthy. Visit the Malik Ibn Dinar Mosque at Kasargod if you happen to visit this place.


Kollam is one of the oldest ports of India. The calm waterways of the surrounding Ashtamudi Lake as well as the shady streets with the antediluvian market are worth wandering about.

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Take the eight hour tourist cruise from Kollam to Alleppey to commute between the two towns in a leisurely way. If you are interested in how fishermen mend their nets with their colourful fishing boats, Kollam beach is a must visit.

Cherai island Backwaters

Around 25 kilometers from Kochi, Cherai beach on Vypeen Island is popular for its pristine white sand and picturesque seashore. Swaying coconut lagoons, lush green paddy fields and delectable coastal cuisine are the added splendour of Cherai.

When in Kerala there are two ways to enjoy the picturesque and unique backwaters :

1.With House boat

Capture the uniqueness of the Keralan backwaters while cruising in the one of its kind luxurious  Kerala houseboats (also known as Kettuvalloms).

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If you are a in a large group, taking a houseboat is a great option. The house boat  offers  privacy, luxuries like air conditioned rooms with attached bathrooms, on board dining  and an authentic feeling.

2. Kerala Backwater Day Tours

Kerala tourism offers for day backwater tours in large and small  boats to the visitors between all the major backwater destinations.  These tours are for a day or half a day.

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You can not only travel from one place to another at reasonable price  but also experience the singularity of the backwaters.

Get your tickets booked, pack your bags and set off to this most amazing travel destination, with a camera and collect lots of imperishable memories.

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