The backwaters in Trivandrum are important means of sports as well as recreation to tourists. These picturesque waterways of Trivandrum take you to a paradise in the green state of Kerala. The renowned Vembanad Lake adds some more beauty to the backwaters of Thiruvananthapuram. These backwaters of the city are the wide network formed by intricate lagoons, lakes, canals and rivers, which are lined up along the dense tropical vegetation of Trivandrum.
Attractions of Trivandrum Backwaters
The biggest backwater 'Vembabad lake', covering about 200 sq km area, opens out into the Arabian Sea at Cochin port. In several areas, it also offers wonderful opportunities for canoeing as well. Apart from that, the houseboat cruises in Thiruvananthapuram take you to some of the pleasant tourist sites like:
- Padmanabhaswamy Temple
- Museum complex
- Kanakakkunnu Palace
- Science & Technology museum
- Sanghumugham beach
- Veli tourist village
- Neyyar dam
All these sites can be explored on the traditional houseboats or Kettuvalloms that are available for a tour on the scenic backwaters of Trivandrum all the time.
Major Backwater Areas in Trivandrum
Veli and Thiruvallam are the two major backwater areas in Thiruvananthapuram. Thiruvallam (6 km) is popular for canoe rides and Lord Parasurama Temple. On the other hand, Veli (8 km) is bounded by the Veli Lagoon on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other. This site is again a paradise for all the adventure sports lovers.