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Kerala is a popular holidaying destination in India. It is blessed with unmatched beauty and attractions among which backwaters are the prominent one. Kerala backwaters are the major attraction of tourists and have greatly helped in the boom of Kerala tourism and tourism industry. Every year a large number of tourists, travelers and honeymoon couples come for vacation to enjoy the beauty of the backwater.
Various award winning novels such as “God of Small Things” by Arundhati Roy and “Chemmeen” by Thakazhi Siva Sankara Pillai are based on the mystic backwaters of Kerala or have been inspired by them. The Kettuvallam or the traditional houseboats are the most mementous tourist attraction in backwaters. In older days Kerala houseboats were used as medium of transportation, but with the advent of modern transportation system and bridges, houseboat slowly lost their importance. But now they are again back in the pristine backwaters as the major tourist attractions of tourists and Tourism of Kerala.
It has got a very significant economic as well as ecological importance. some parts of backwater or the wetlands have been declared as an ecosystem of international importance for conservation purpose, the backwaters are also a source of rich marine life with many rare and unique species of aquatic life such as crabs, frogs, mudskippers and varieties of water birds such as terns, kingfishers etc thieving in these backwaters making it an important centre for ecological preservation, and also primarily of economic importance. They form an economical mode of transport and a large amount of local trade and transportation is carried out by inland navigation.
In this heavenly state of India there are many picturesque backwater destinations among which Kumarakom, Alleppey, Cochin, Kuttanad, Kovalam and Kasargod are very popular among tourists. Holidays in Kerala are incomplete without enjoying a houseboat tours in Kerala over the beautiful backwater destinations, which is truly a memorable event of lifetime.
Prime Backwater Destinations in Kerala