House-boat in Kerala, India

Cruising in the water at a leisurely pace, admiring the wonders of the sunset, lush paddy fields, and the beauty of the moon – The backwaters of Kerala are among the highlights of ‘God’s own country’.

Houseboat in backwaters

You can sail through the serene backwaters of Kerala even if a luxury boathouse doesn’t fall under your budget.

Kumarakom, Kerala
1. Kumarakom

It is famous for its backwater tourism, featuring abundant greenery, flowery landscapes, many species of birds including cuckoos and Siberian storks best enjoyed at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. You can find small, medium or large houseboats and Shikaras (Motor Boats) which suits your budget at the port near Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.

Allepy, Kerala
2. Allepy

Allepy or Alappuzha was proclaimed as the ”Venice of the East” By George -Nathaniel Curzon, the viceroy and governor-general of British India in the early 1900s. Alleppey is compared to Venice because of its network of freshwater rivers, canals, lakes, and lagoons. Staying on the backwaters of Alleppey is a delight to the eyes. Head out to Pozhiyoram, a quiet and not so famous beach to witness the beautiful sunset. Snake boat race held on the second Sunday of every August is a major tourist attraction.

Kuttanad, Kerala
3. Kuttanad

This place is all about the beautiful canals and waterways, coconut farmlands and heritage agricultural system. It’s the lowest point in the country and for your surprise, you’ll be able to explore farming 4 to 10 feet below sea level.

Kasargod, Kerala
4. Kasargod

One of the most tranquil backwater destinations in Kerala. Kasargod backwaters are perfect for those who are looking for some peace, away from touristy hustle and bustle. Prepare to be enchanted by the tranquil beach stretches, lush landscapes and mirror still waterscapes.

Kollam, Kerala
5. Kollam backwaters

It is one of the most sought-after Backwater destinations in Kerala, also known as ‘The Gateway city of Kerala Backwaters’. Ancient travel writer Ibn Battuta referred this port as one of the five important port. Astamudi Lake, Munroe Island, Alumkadavu, Amrithapuri are some of the beautiful backwater places.

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