5 Scenic Destinations In The Backwaters Of Kerala

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 Kerala backwaters
Houseboat in Kerala backwaters

The Backwaters Of Kerala Are A Delight To Witness

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

Here Are The Top Five Backwaters In Kerala

1. Kumarakom Backwaters

Kumarakom backwaters

It is famous for its backwater tourism, featuring abundant greenery, flowery landscapes, and 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 suit your budget at the port near Kumarakom Birds Sanctuary.

2. Alleppey Backwaters

Alleppey or Alappuzha backwaters

Alappuzha or Alleppey 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. The snake boat race held on the second Sunday of every August is a major tourist attraction.

3. Kuttanad Backwaters

Kuttanad backwaters

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

4. Kasargod Backwaters

Kasargod backwaters

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.

5. Kollam Backwaters

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 to this port as one of the five important ports. Astamudi Lake, Munroe Island, Alumkadavu, and Amrithapuri are some of the beautiful backwater places.

The Backwaters Of Kerala Are A Divine Place To Unwind

Far from the chaos of city life, the backwaters of Kerala offer you stunning landscapes with gorgeous views. You can lounge on houseboats and stroll through lush greenery as you take in the beauty all around. Don’t forget to visit some of these gorgeous places on your next trip to Kerala. 

Also Read: An Exciting Travel Guide of Beautiful Places to Visit in Kerala


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