Kerala is one of the most charming and captivating states in India and this exceptional natural beauty claims for it being named to be “God’s Own Country”. Kerala provides tourists with memorable experiences and tourism options which are going to delight your holidays with leisure and pleasure Beach tourism and backwater tourism are the two sizzling sides of Kerala tourism which deserve the attention of tourists from all over the world. One cannot think of complete tours and travel in this state without exploring its breathtaking beaches and scenic backwaters.
Boats which are made up of eco- friendly materials are available on hire for day cruise or for a night stay. Most of the boats are made of thatched roofs made of coconut leaves. They are outfitted with modern amenities and provide facilities of a comfortable hotel.There are several backwater destinations in the state and the most beautiful and hence most popular among them are alleppey and kumarakom. Alleppey and Kumarakom are the fascinating backwater destinations that fulfill the desire of both types of tourists – ones who want to explore exotic backwater cruises.
Alleppey/ Alappauzha round
Alleppey, or Alappuzha is a small town in Kerala with picturesque canals, lakes, backwaters, and beaches with copious nature beauty and is fondly phrased as the “Venice of the East”. Major attraction of Backwater cruise is Alappuzha Round trip or Kuttanad is ideal for a house boat cruise This core backwater area is rich in natural beauty with enchanting greenery all around the backwaters, as either side of the river edges the gentle surfing of the coconut palms. You can the mirror still images of gods own country and the tree branches bending precariously over the water before they shoot skywards is mesmerizing and a sight to be hold.
The major attraction in the area is Kuttanadu Paddy Field which the farming is below sea level. 11th centaury Lord Buddha Stature ‘Karumadikuttan’is also near Alleppey.,this cruise you can enjoy the real village life and scenic beauty. No crocodiles or any dangerous precious are there in the Lake or canals. Alappuzha is the also called ‘Venice of East’. The night halt is in the lake and you are safe from mosquitoes and pollution.
Kumarakom is a favorite holiday destination of celebrities like former Prime Minister of India – Atal Behari Vajpayee and Brintey Spears. Kumarakom is also famous for Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary on the periphery of the picturesque Vembanad Lake. It is a small but picturesque village in Kerala which is the ideal destination for eco tourism, beach tourism and backwater tourism. A houseboat cruise on the scenic Vembanad Lake provides wonderful opportunity to see the lots of bird species of Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Sunset cruise over the scenic Vembanad Lake is simply a delightful experience of lifetime. Houseboat Cruise on Kumarakom backwaters provides uniquely different but delightful experience.
Alleppey to Kumarakom Round
Alleppey to Kumarakom Round is a combination of cruises which combines the best of backwater cruises around Alleppey and Kumarakom. You can enjoy the maximum in this trip, cruises around the villages, farm fields, Resorts and Bird sanctuary and other places of interest are included. You can explore Kuttanad, the rice bowl of Kerala at Alleppey and Kumarakom in a single backwater houseboat cruise.
Alleppey to Alumkadavu
Alumkadavu is the destination near Kollam (21 kms). The eight hour trip between Kollam and Alappuzha is the longest backwater cruise in Kerala. In this trip the entire backwater area is covered but the leisure time is less. Half the way will be finished on day are and the second day reaches Kollam. The entry to house boats is restricted to some areas because of no sufficient space for canals. . This one way backwater cruise’s major attractions are paddy fields coir village, Karimadikuttan, Kumarakodi, Matha Amrithamanadha Mayi Ashram at Vallikavu. The same trip can be hired for 2 days and 2 Nights as well, and then you can enjoy atmost.
Alleppey to Thottappalley
Alleppey to thottappalley is another popular backwater route in Kerala. The major attractions in this route include Punnamada lake, Chavara Bhavan (traditional houses on the banks), Church at Champakkulam, 11th Century Buddha temple – Karumadikkuttan and Ambalappuzha temple.
Kumarakom and Alleppey are always included in the honeymoon packages in Kerala. Honeymoon couples from all over the world visit Kerala and enjoy the houseboat stay in Alleppey or Kumarakom as a part of their Kerala Honeymoon Tour Package.