The state of Kerala that lies on the south western part of India has been famed for the exquisite beauty that it possesses since time immemorial. The state of Kerala is mostly known for the amazing backwaters and the elaborate temples it has been blessed with. Other features that make this state such a widely renowned one in the field of tourism are its serene and beautiful hill stations, the widespread tea gardens, the cascading waterfalls, pristine beaches, wildlife sanctuaries, bird reserves, lakes, caves and the list goes on. It is also well known in terms of culture and tradition too. The state’s dance form Kathakali and its martial art form Kalari is widely revered as it has been passed down generations and to witness it being performed should be a must in this enigmatic state of Kerala. However people frequent this state of beauty mostly for the cruises on its enchanting backwaters.
Houseboats in Kerala in the ancient times were a major means of transport across the backwaters. However with the advent of time and technology these house boats have transformed with modern amenities to accommodate tourists for touring the enchanting backwaters. The backwaters of Kerala cover many parts such as Cochin, Thiruvananthapuram, Kovalam, Alappuhza, Kottayam etc. These backwaters are said to be reminiscent of the romantic channels of Venice and when one pays a visit to the backwaters he knows why. The winding emerald coloured backwaters arrayed with coconut and palm trees on the banks, small children waving as you pass by and the sun shining through the gaps in the trees are sights that will mesmerize you when in this land of beauty.
Some of the best know backwaters that flow in this wonderful state are said to be in Kovalam, Alappuhza, Cochin, Kumarakom, Kettuvallam, Vembanad Lake etc. All these places that are enriched by the emerald backwaters have houseboats floating on them. The house boats are a major attraction in the backwaters as a stay on these floating houses is an experience that one may not find in other parts of the world. In kerala luxury houseboat is a thing that many people want to spend a night on for the services and tours provided are simply awesome. However the standard houseboats that are present here are pretty good too.
Take a tour of the enchanting backwaters of Kerala onboard a houseboat and feel the freshness of nature overtake you. To make the most of the emerald backwaters one needs to stay on a houseboat overnight and treasure the experience of sleeping on the backwaters and to be greeted in the morning by the sunrays reflecting off the emerald waters.
The backwaters of Kerala also run through a bird sanctuary and it is a pleasant experience to spot various birds while floating on a canoe. The sanctuary is home to vast species of migratory birds that flock the place due to its wonderful setting and natural richness. Other than the bird sanctuary you can also enjoy a boat ride on the Periyar lake while watching wild animals from the sanctuary that come to quench their thirst. If you are lucky enough you may even spot a tiger or two.
So visit this land of enigmatic beauty connected by the mesmerizing emerald backwaters and take away memories that will definitely make you return to this place again.