Alappuzha - Kuttanad :Back water
Veli-Aakulam :Quilon :Backwaters Kumarakom :Backwaters Calicut:Alumkadavu
:Ernakulam-Cochin Back waters
Kerala's centuries old plam fringed backwaters stretch over 1200
Kms.It is incredible experience to sail down these soothing waters
in a country, credit to absorb this unused representation of Kerala
Major still lagoons, picture-book lakesides.Palm fringed
canals and tiny shimmering rivulets.
For quiet intimate moments and reflective solitude here are backwaters.
Alleppey remains prominent on the tourist trail as
one of the major centers for backwater boat trips. Served by ferries
to Quilon and Kottayam in particular. Sweeping network of canals
honeycombing the town of Alleppey has earned for the place its sobriquet
"The Venice of the east".
The town is pleasant to stroll around with plenty
of activity to watch on the canals. Small long slung country boats
are the taxies of the waterland. The coir workers too present an
interesting sight as they soak coconut fibre in pools, beat them
out and weave the tough brown strands into long spindles stretched
between endless coconut trees.
Veli Aakulam lagoon with a delightful waterfront park growing increasingly
popular among the ratives and tourists alike.
Water sports, a floating restaurants, amusement park , speed boats
and other international facilities ma Within hailing distance of the
capital city of Trivandrum, is theke this spot a exquisite tourist
attraction. The eastern end of the lake is flanked by two scenic hillocks
coming through as a perfect hiking ground.
The charming old port city of Quilon (Kollam) on the banks of the
picturesque Ashtamudi lake is now known more as the center of Cashew
Quilon is an inviting gateway to Kerala's backwaters. It is one of
the oldest ports of the backwater experience, take the regular ferry
to Allappuzha - a rigorous ride lasting more than 8 hours. As the
old ferry putters from one village on the waterfront to another you
are treated to a full fledge range of lines and activities and some
of the most beautiful scening imaginable
Just 81 Km from Cochin, this tourist complex has unique house boats,
boat racing, motor boat and water spot facilities.Here, visitors can
hire house boats for cruise. A boat ride into the country side offers
a close look into an engaging rustic life.The available house boats
are poled by local oarsmen and are simply furnished with a living
room, bedroom with attached bath and a raised central platform where
passengers can laze on cushions.
The more adventurous could perhaps indulge in water sports such as
wind sailing and water skating. You could even take a canoe out into
the quiet lagoons and spend time angling.
Up north in Kerala, the cool backwaters of Calicut lay waiting to
be discovered. Unspoilt, uncommon and unknown
enthusiastic experience is waiting here for you. Calicut (Kozhikode),
the age-old commercial town now attracts tourists with its wonderful
backwaters and picnic sports. With a bewitching beauty, Calicut plays
a major role in the travel and tourism sphere.
Glading among the calm and serene backwaters flanked by green leaves
and palm, seeing a rural Kerala preserved through the ages and completely
hidden from the road is an enchanting experience to any visitor, more
so while sailing a slow moving, spacious kettuvalloms. These long
cargo boats, a familiar sight on the backwaters, are built entirely
without the use of sails.
Alumkadavu - a quiet spot in the town of Karunagapally - hardly 23
Km north of Quilion has become a hot point of Kettuvallom building,
with more than a hundred people involved. These huge, long and tapering
barges were traditionally used to cargo tonnes of goods across kingdoms,
with a portion covered with bamboo and coir servicing as a rest room
and kitchen for the crew.
Famed for its natural harbour, one of the finest in the world, Kochi
has earned the sobriquet "Queen of the Arabian Sea". Kochi
is one of India’s most interesting cities.
Kochi port is one of the largest in India. All
the islands that make up Kochi are well connected by Ferry. Bridges
and roads connect Ernakulam with Willingdon Island and the Fort
Kochi/ Mattancherry. The Portuguese Fort is situated on the northern
end of Vypeen Island at Pallipuram. The Chinese fishing nets, a
method of fishing established in Kochi during the times of Kubla
Khan can be seen at Fort Kochi. Kochi International Airport is situated
at a distance of 35 kms from town.