International Tours - Kerala Backwater Tours

General Information

Kerala's backwaters is the most popular tourist attraction of Kerala. The total expanse of backwater stretches over 1500kms, with a network of 44 rivers, lagoons and lakes from north to south. Alleppey which forms the main part of this network has the peculiar geographical feature of having the water in level with the land. This gives the advantage of getting a closer look at the village life on shore while on a backwater ride. The intricate network of canals through this town has earned it the sobriquet "The Venice of the East".

Kerala Backwater Tours

The most interesting area in the backwaters is the Kuttanad region, called the rice bowl of Kerala. The area is probably the only place in the continent where farming is done below sea level, using a system of dykes and bunds.

The largest backwater stretch is the Vembanad Lake, which opens out into the sea at the Kochi port and flows through three districts - Alappuzha, Kottayam and Kochi. The Ashtamudi Lake has eight 'arms' covering a major portion of Kollam district in the south, and is the second largest lake in the state.


    Fact File - Kerala
   Location
Southwestern tip of India
   Area 38,863 sq. km  
   Capital Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)  
   Time Zone GMT + 5:30      
   Currency Indian Rupee    
   Language Malayalam; English is widely spoken.  
   Religion Hinduism, Christianity, Islam  
   Climate Tropical  

Tour Itinerary

   Kerala Backwater Tours (5 Days / 4 Nights)  
Kerala Backwater Tours
   Day 01: Cochin
  
You are greeted on arrival at the Cochin International Airport/Railway Station and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon sight seeing by boat visiting, Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace, St.Francis Church, Chinese fishing nets and Bolgatty Palace. Overnight stay at hotel.
 
   Day 02: Cochin - Kumarakom (125 Kms - 4 Hrs)
 
Early morning, depart for Kumarakom, arrival at noon time. Check into your hotel. Afternoon, visit to neighbouring places. Overnight at Hotel. Kumarakom is a unique backwater destination situated on the banks of Vembanad lake. Kumarakom bird sanctuary is a favourite haunt of migratory birds from across the world which makes it a renowned bird watching centre. It is also a centre for houseboat cruises. Overnight at Hotel.
 
   Day 03: Kumarakom
 
Day free at Kumarakom. Optionally enjoy a rejuvenating Ayurvedic massage in the Ayurvedic centre. Overnight at Hotel.
 
   Day 04: Alleppey
 
Overnight at Houseboat. (Traditional Kerala food will be served). The houseboats are giant country Crafts, generally about 67 feet in length and has a width of around 13 feet in the middle. It took great skill and meticulousness to construct these giants by tying huge planks of jack wood together, without the use of a single nail. Today these are the most exciting tourism product in India, which usually has one or two bath rooms, an open lounge, deck, kitchenette and a crew comprising oarsmen, a cook and guide.
 
   Day 05: Alleppey - Cochin
 
After breakfast, Drive to Cochin. Drop at Airport/Railway station to your destination.
 
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