Kerala’s famous backwaters are a labyrinthine network of tree-fringed lagoons, idyllic lakes, and river systems, running parallel to the Arabian Sea along the Malabar coast. Quaint towns and charming villages dot the banks of these interconnected canals. This unique ecosystem is home to a diverse variety of flora and fauna. The heart of Kerala’s backwaters is the vast Vembanad lake and the intimate Ashtamudi lake. The region is replete with inviting and serene homestays, resorts, and houseboats offering diverse experiences that provide a glimpse of life on these waterways. Cruising down the tranquil backwaters aboard traditional kettuvallams or houseboats is a quintessential Kerala experience, especially enhanced by local seafood and meat preparations and complemented by the region’s iconic palm wine. For a window into the state’s culture, visit the region during the colorful annual boat races which feature up to a 100 rowers rowing in unison in 100-feet long snake boats.
The Kumarakom Lake Resort is an aesthetic heritage resort, with numerous meandering canals, an Ayurveda Spa and luxurious villas and suites that are built on the lines of traditional Kerala homes, replete with new age amenities.
Lakes and Lagoons in Alleppy offers relaxing overnight backwater cruises in Kerala. Soak in some old world charm and enjoy traditional Keralan hospitality as you rest your head in a traditional kettuvallam (houseboat).