This amazing backwater tourism is the major attraction of Kerala. These man-made backwaters consist of 38 rivers and 5 big lakes, which runs from one end to another in the city. Houseboat facility is another attraction in this region that runs only on some specific lakes. Local people use these houseboats to trade articles from one place to another. Considering, increasing percentage of tourist and inflation, residents of this place now become started to use these boats commercially.
To experience this unique trip, domestic as well as international travelers regularly moves towards this place. The prime rivers of the city, flows within Kerala drain themselves towards backwater regions, which create several small lagoons, land strips and islands, and links with some areas of sea; therefore, they have become the source of marine habitat and freshwater. Starting the Kerala backwater tour with houseboats in the evening brings serenity and leaves you in the world of peace.
Kerala Has 3 Backwater Regions: These three regions consist of several backwater lakes but among them, Vembanad, Astamudi and Kannur-Valiyaparambu lakes are renowned.
1. Vembanad Backwater
Vembanad backwater; located in Kumarakom region is counted the longest lake in South Asia. Kerala houseboat, in the heart of the Vembanad Lake is popular among the tourists and aslo the most availing houseboat package. These boats are constructed with modern amenities and experience a traditional tour. You can also book these boats in advance for a few days if you want to experience luxuriousness amidst the water. The lake is famous for outstanding natural beauty and boat cruise, and one of the favorite picnic spots in Kerala. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, the home of several migratory birds is one another must-visit destination, which you can also explore during your holiday.
2. Ashtamudi Backwaters
Ashtamudi, the second largest lake in Kerala, is situated in Kollam district; famous for the Chinese fishing net. The lake has eight significant channels and therefore, regarded as Ashtamudhi. This freshwater lake is interconnected with many canals of south Kerala and is the home of many endangered marine species. The tranquil water of Astamudi, always inspires writers and artists, and help to find out their desired world.
3. Kannur-Valiyaparambu Backwaters
Kannur-Valiyaparambu, the largest lake of North Kerala, is located in Kannur and Kasaragod district. The least exploited land is loaded with range of medicinal plants, which are used to cure some deadly diseases. The merge of five rivers into Valiyaparamba backwaters, has made it the third largest lake in the state. Thejaswini River, which is situated at a small distance from Kannur-Valiyaparambu, is the great place for the rafting enthusiasts. You can experience both 2 and 3 class of rafting, depending upon your mood.