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Best Time to Visit - October to March

Backwaters are one of the prime tourist draws in Kerala. Backwaters is a body of stagnant water connected to a river. The experience that backwaters provide cannot be summed up in words. The beauty is spectacular and the feel is heavenly. Kerala, is called as God's Own Country and to a great extent, Backwaters add to this overall title.

According to a folklore, a warrior sage Parasuraman, reclaimed Kerala from the sea by the throw from his battle- axe. Whatever the legends point towards, the fact is that the huge necklace of canals, lagoons, lakes and rivers that Kerala holds are termed commonly as the Backwaters. The land of Kerala becomes special of holding a unique feature like backwater, which is found no where in this world. The 41 west flowing rivers of Kerala form the backbone to this magnificent gift of nature. The Magical Backwaters
Kerala BackwatersThe Backwaters of Kerala are a gateway for the visitors to have a closer glimpse of the village rural life of Kerala. The life of the people of Kerala are tough and is labour-intensive. Cultivation, sand mining, coir manufacture, limestone collection are some of the works people are engaged in. These backwaters are like a part of the livelihoods of the people of Kerala.

Backwater Cruising
One can cruise along the backwaters of Kerala in Houseboat commonly termed as 'Kettuvalloms'. While travelling in them, one can see the vivid beauty of Kerala countryside like Kerala lagoons, swaying palm trees and various other aspects of Kerala. Some of the mesmerising backwater destinations are:

Alapuzha (Alleppey) - Alapuzha is also famous as " Venice Of The East". It has a large network of canals. This is also a major venue for the boat races. The journey winds through the small canals out into the Vembanad lake. The place is also called as Kuutanad. Kuttanad was once the rice bowl of Kerala. It is one of the few places below sea level. Sitting on a Kettuvalloms, one can have a look at the graceful paddy fields.

Kumarakom - Kumarakom is another paradisaical backwater destination of Kerala. It is located on Lake Vembanad. This backwater destination has been discovered just a decade ago. The lagoon and the coconut groves here, offers spectacular view. Most of the travel books would certainly boast of the beauty of Kumarakom. Water Ducks, Siberian cranes are the regular visitors here. The 14-acre bird sanctuary in Kumarakom adds to the overall beauty of the place. Improved forms of Kettuvalloms float here, which are fully equipped with all types of luxury.

Kottayam - Commonly known as the land of lakes and latex, Kottayam is also a heavenly backwater destination that is one of the favourites of both inbound and outbound tourists. The scenic beauty and serenity are the major USP'S of the place.

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