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  Backwaters Of Kerala

The backwaters in Kerala are a world of serenity and wonderment. The coastal regions of Kerala have a network of waterways, inlets from the sea, estuaries of over forty rivers, lakes and natural canals connecting coastal towns. This interlinked body of waterways is known as the backwaters in Kerala. Over 900 Km of the Kerala backwaters are navigable and have been used for centuries by the local people for transportation. You can travel on these waterways on a traditional houseboat and enjoy the scenic beauty of the backwaters in Kerala, while on Kerala tours with Kerala Backwaterskerala backwaters. 

Beauty of Backwaters
Typical to Kerala, the backwaters of India have loads of natural beauty and features 41 rivers of Kerala that flow towards the West. According to one of the popular legends, the warrior sage Parashurama reclaimed the land of Kerala from sea with the power of his characteristic battle-axe. A land of canals and lagoons, lakes and rivers, which Kerala backwaters have now become a part of the lives of its people and a kaleidoscope for the visitors to see the rural and real life in the heart of Kerala. The tough and labor-intensive jobs of boat building, prawn cultivation and coir manufacture are a part of the daily livelihood of Keralites. Alapuzha is often the starting-point of the boat cruise through these backwaters as one reaches the land of Kuttanad, also known as the rice bowl of Kerala because of its paddy fields. Kumarakom has a spectacular lagoon to behold and coconut trees have become icons of Kerala tourism industry.
Reasons to visit  
Welcome to Kerala, India’s only tropical paradise. Popularly known and believed as God’s Own Country - is today of the most sought after tourist destinations in Asia. Located at the southern most tip of India, Kerala is a 560 km long, narrow stretch of land. Kerala, a destination blessed by the God, myriad feature of this tropical land: dense tropical forests fertile plan, beautiful beaches, cliffs, rocky coasts, an intricate maze of backwaters, still bays and astounding 44 glimmering rivers.  

Tourist Attraction  
There are bird sanctuaries to see along the shores and the village life has the attraction of simplicity and old-age world. There are bungalows that have now been converted into heritage hotels and ride of local houseboats called 'Kettuvallams' is indispensable. Kollam's lagoons, rivers and lakes are delightful and Kayamkulam and Ashtamudi Lakes are some of the most visited tourist spots here. Kochi or Cochin has traditional snake boat races with 130-feet long Chundan boats as its stars that add further value to its backwaters. The most prominent among these races are Nehru Trophy Boat Race and Aranmula Boat Race. Veli in the southern part of Kerala and Madayara, Peravur, Ashtamudi and Chetuva in its northern part are other favores tourist destinations. Take the journey to the hearts of lagoons, lakes, canals, estuaries and deltas of Kerala in the houseboats or indulge in the water sports on the gentle waters of these backwaters. Take a visit to the land of swaying palm trees and blue waters and skies, which is aptly named as 'God's own country'. The vivacity of Keralite culture is also an important cause of amazement for many and thus attracts a wide range of visitors of India to go for Kerala tours. This ride for South India tour promises a wonder world with scenic beauty and envisaging vistas. The friendly and hospitable ways of Kerala residents situated on the banks of backwaters is another asset to a memorable Kerala backwater tour.  The best manner of testing the beauty of the backwaters in Kerala is to lead to normal speed along in a rented boat, a canoe or in Houseboats which are specifically for the additional ordinary houseboats of tourists. The Vallom or Kettuvalloms while they are called the made-to-order of the natives, are the giant boats measuring 80 feet length around. They are built by attaching the boards out of wooden as well as cords made in thimble coir (coconut) without employing a simple nail. The Aranmula Boat Festival of the Parthasarathy temple of Aranmula on the banks of the holy river Pamba is the more traditional race. The boat carnival starts on the day of Thiruonam, the most auspicious day of the Kerala festival, Onam. Whether by Kettuvalloms or by a simple vallom, the experience of gliding through the backwaters is an experience that is undeniably unforgettable.