It is certainly worthy of note that Kerala has over 900 km of interconnected waterways, rivers, lakes and inlets that make up the Kerala backwaters. The starting and end points of Kerala backwater cruises are a number of towns and cities amidst the stunning landscape. National Waterway No. 3 which connects Kollam and Kottapuram facilitates both cargo movement and backwater tourism. Kerala backwater cruise tour is a perfect antidote for the weary souls.
The freshwater from the rivers meets the seawater from the Arabian Sea to provide a unique ecosystem to the wide network of backwaters. Many exclusive species of aquatic life including frogs, crabs and mudskippers; water birds such as cormorant, darter, kingfisher; and animals such as turtles and otters live in and alongside the Kerala backwaters. Palm trees, Pandanus shrubs, various leafy plants and bushes grow alongside the backwaters, providing a green tinge to the vista. The supreme attraction for a tourist visiting Alleppey is the inland water-ways, lakes, lagoons etc. In fact, Alleppy is the famous destination for a rejuvenating Kerala backwater cruise tour.
All these lakes are navigable and a houseboat journey through these lakes is a treasured experience. One can enjoy the lush greenery on either sides with paddy fields, shrubs and trees, rejuvenates one's mind while on a cruise in the houseboat (Kettuvallom). Kerala houseboats (Kettuvalloms) are also made in the traditional Kerala style architecture and a houseboat journey is going to remain etched in mind forever. Imagine yourself enjoying the Kerala backwater cruise on traditional houseboats and amidst mesmerizing surroundings. For sure you will love the experience! So get ready to transform your imagination into reality on Kerala backwaters cruise tour.
Kettuvalloms or houseboats are the boats of Kerala which were originally used for the purpose of transporting food grains from one part of the state to another, chiefly rice. However, most of these ordinary boats have been transformed into luxurious water vessels since 1990s to compliment with the state's thriving tourism industry. These house boats are available on a daily rental basis as well as for longer duration to take visitors for Kerala backwater cruise. The peaceful cruises portray a highlight of the life on the water side with extravagant views of the water, land, birds and human civilization. The scenic beauty encompassing the land areas of the backwaters are equally enchanting. The lifestyle of the Keralites chiefly depends and orbits around the water bodies. The river banks are embroidered with the palm trees, cluster of mud houses with thatched roofs - depicting the picture of an unadulterated and chaste rural lifestyle.
Kerala backwater cruise is a famous attraction of Kerala offering delights and surprises to tourists.