The backwaters

Kerala is a land gifted with backwaters

Backwaters are special for their scenic, unspoilt natural beauty and charm. The largest backwater body of Kerala, the Vembanad Lake is about 200 sq. km in area. The Ashtamudi Lake, The second largest backwater stretch, offers the longest ride (eight hours) and is considered the gateway to the backwaters.

The backwaters mainly cover four districts of the State-Kollam, Alappuzha, Kottayam and Kochi. The largest backwater body, the Vembanad Lake (about 200 sq. km in area), which opens out into the Arabian Sea at Cochin port. The Ashtamudi Lake, The second largest backwater stretch, offers the longest ride (eight hours) and is considered the gateway to the backwaters

Some other major backwaters, are Veli, Kadhinamkulam, Anjutengu, Edava, Nadayara, Paravoor and Ashtamudi. Backwaters are special for their scenic, unspoilt beauty and the charm, slow pace of life along the banks. Enjoy a scenic cruise along the intriguing backwaters of Kerala, the rivers interlink with the backwaters and together they provide an excellent means of transport on slow moving rice boats called Kettuvallams.

The unexplored backwaters of Kozhikode also holds great promise of enchanting holiday options. Elathur, the Canoli Canal and the Kallai river are favourite destinations for boating. Kadalundi, with its beautiful bird sanctuary is a charming site. Korapuzha, the venue of the Korapuzha Jalotsavam is fast becoming a popular watersport destination. .

It is in God's own country - Kerala who can boast of the West Coast Canal, also known as "The Third National Waterway" (NW-III). It has a total length of 205 kms from Kollam in the south to Kottapuram in the north along with the Champakkara Canal and the Udyogamandal Canal and is lined with breath-taking beauty of ancient Chinese fishing nets, water lilies, lush paddy fields, coir villages, rustic homes, ancient temples, mosques and synagogues, Ayurveda treatment centers and coconut groves on either sides of the Waterway. The NW-III forms part of an intricate network of forty-four rivers and their tributaries.

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