Reap the solitary moments at the place of tranquility where still waters seems luminous with the reddish hue of morning rays of sun. A tantalizing breeze surrounds the twin streak of light rays in trying to uncover the eerie amidst the ripples backwater of Kerala. Known for its hypnotic spell and soliciting its visitors through its svelt aura, emerald rice of fields and emerald green water and traditional Kettuvalloms, the most famous of Kerala icons. In this conspicuous fresh-water-eco systems, life in Kerala is lived at extremely slow pace. The Kettuvalloms glides across the Kayals, stopping at irregular intervals for you to discover another amazing spectacle of this incredible journey.
Be transported to a live Shangri La on the land and where water is a ubiquitous sanctum and kettuvalam are the fortification of dreams on water. Kerala is banal as it is blessed with ubiquity of backwaters .
A brilliant contrast strikes the eyes as soon as you reach near the lakes. The rice cultivation dot backwaters, while the entire palette of greens, from deep green of the coconut fonds to the lighter shade of rice shoots, fringe backwaters. Even the water of the backwaters reflect green.
Traversing The Echelons
The waterways are fabled with rich culture that informs people's live and not just their memories but a tradition of architecture that is still alive. And it has a name that is abuzz with the globetrotters. The beginning pervades any hard and fast rule because it begins at the spur of the moment. To begin there are number of places like Kumarakom, Kottayam, Ernakulam et al. Kerala has 900 interconnected waterways, rivers and lakes that constitute the Kerala backwaters. But still the best place to begin your journey is from the Alapuzzha, that's everlasting. Take a trip to the mobile home on any of the house boats according to your wish. What follows after your immediate trip are those resorts, temples, museums, villages and snake boat factory.
Stop One: Cochin
Cochin is a known to be " Queen of Arabian Sea", is flocked by tourists throughout the year. A famous port for the spice exports, Cochi is bedighted with old fort and synagogues.
Stop Two: Kasargod
A jaunt in Kasargod is journey unto the infinity of water trips. A canvass of maverick beauty of landscape made up of the rice fields and Western Ghats makes Kasargod a cherry on the cake. It houses Chandragiri and Valiyaparamba., the two backwater destinations at Kerala. Kasargod is a cluster of small islands with the postcard perfect picture of sunrise over the sea, Bekal Beach and Bekal Fort.
Stop Three: Kollam
Kollam shares its sprawling space on the lake of Asthamudi, with green plantations and lotuses and water lilies. To Kollam from the Alapuzzha it takes 8 hours of ride on boat, the ride is piquanted with bird chirping and sight of several other aquatic water animals too.
Stop Four: Kottayam
A sail through the fort and ruin of old palaces marks the specialty of Kottayam backwater. Be sure to be enchanted by the Kottayam Backwaters with rich green carpet and gleaming waters of Vemabanad Lake. It is alo associated with the religion of Christianity as it has number of churches all around. And for sure the rubber plantation have given them the name of ''The Land of latters, latex and lakes''.
"These boats called "Kettuvalloms" were traditionally used as grain barges, to transport the rice harvested in the fertile fields alongside the Kerala Backwaters".
Stop Four: Kozhikode Backwaters
This destination offers much to see than just the waters. Delightfully Kozhikode is an untainted destination with a métier of being linked with Vasco Da Gama. Kozhikode backwater ride gives you an opportunity to sneak peek into places like Kappad Beach, Beypore and Kadalundi bird Sanctuary.
Stop Five: Kumarakom
A constellation of Island, Kumarakom is sine qua non destination when going for backwaters trips. The blue backwater lake is contrasted with the greenery of mangroves, palms and paddy fields with the layer of lilies and water lotus. The backwaters lakes are lined up with resorts where you can try out massages, fishing at the lake or bird watching from your boat.
Stop Six: Kuttanad
The 'rice bowl of Kerala' or Kuttanad is replete with scenic beauty. Several waterways fall into Kuttanad giving out innumerable vents for tourists to drift in other directions too. A backwater paradise it is loaded with scenic beauty of below sea level fields and fields of cassava, banana and yam. Sail on the water of unforgettable memories of flock of ducks, water birds and edges of water birds.
Stop Seven: Thiruvallam
A much renowned destination for canoe riding, Thiruvallam is most wonderful of Kerala Backwaters. Located at the joining point of two rivers Killi and Karamana, it is one beatified landscape. Also the Veli lagoon at the little distance from the Thiruvallam provides with the opportunities of water sports. The backwater ride at the Thiruvallam presents you with a pleasant sight of local fishing villages and countryside attractions.
A best place to commence your Kerala Backwater tour, Thiruvananathapuram is a water stretch of beautiful backwaters with several historic temples and museum. The backwater lies close to Thiruvallam and Kovalam beach lending some great moments to the tourists.
Kerala as a whole is very beautiful and backwaters add a zing for all those visit the place. 'Kettuvalloms' will ferry you across these length and breadth of water in an ultimate luxurious setting.