Backwaters of Kerala are a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast of Kerala state in southern India. These networks includes five large lakes linked by canals, both manmade and natural, fed by 38 rivers, and extending virtually half the length of Kerala state. The entire networks include five large lakes of Kerala connected by 1500 km of Kerala Lagoons and Canals.
The charm of Kerala lies in the unique attraction of Kerala Lakes & Lagoons something which is not seen or experienced anywhere else in the world. One such unique attraction, or rather an exhilarating experience comes in the form of a trip of Backwater cruise of Kerala.
Kerala backwaters are also a venue for the annual Kerala boat races that takes place in Different Backwaters of Kerala. If you happen to visit the Backwaters of Kerala during the month of August & September, you can witness the enthusiasm of Backwater people of Kerala as huge boats rush past each other to win the competition amidst loud cheers and thundering support from the spectators.
There is an amazing way to explore the beauty and serenity of Kerala Backwaters by hiring a Kerala country boat or Kerala rowing boat. Backwaters are formed when the sea water collects at the beach by the to and fro motion of the waves. The Backwater destinations of Kerala are Alleppey Backwaters, Vembanad Backwaters, Cochin Backwaters, Kollam Backwaters, Ashtamudi Backwaters, Kasargod Backwaters, Kottayam Backwaters, Kozhikode Backwaters, Kumarakom Backwaters, and Thiruvallam Backwaters.
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Houseboat (Kettuvallam): Kettuvallams of Kerala are the stitched houseboats which provide the best way to experience the colourful backwaters of Kerala. The houseboats of Kerala are moving masterpieces of the majestic country crafts, measuring up to 80 feet in length. Earlier these "Kettuvallam" were traditionally used to cargo tonnes of goods across kingdoms, with portion covered with bamboo and coir serving as a rest room and kitchen for the crew. A familiar sight on the Backwaters, these vessels are built naturally without a single nail. Plants of jack wood are joined together and coir rope coated with caustic black resin made from boiled cashew kenels.
Houseboats tour on the Kerala backwaters at a leisurely pace with new sights, new sounds, new sensations with every new passing moment. Backwater cruise along the mirror-still Kerala lagoons, picture-book lakeside, palm-fringed canals, Kerala village life and shimmering rivulets of `God's Own Country' to make an enchanting holiday experience of Kerala. With a cruise along the palm-fringed waterways turning to be part among the tourist, the traditional kettuvallam has emerged as the mascot of Tourism in Kerala.