The Backwaters, Kerala
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 72%Family Travelers
- 63%Local Culture
- 63%Green Travelers
- 51%Spiritual Seekers
- 51%Adventure Travelers
- 51%History Buffs
Member Reviews (27)
- The Backwaters, KeralaMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBackpackersDec 24, 2013
Whether it's a day trip in something like a canoe or an overnight in a house boat, do not leave Kerala without experiencing the calm beauty of the backwaters. You'll glide through calm channels, past friendly fishermen, and towards endless rows of palm trees. The coconut-based food prepared fresh on these tours is delicious. This is about as relaxing as it gets.
- The Backwaters, KeralaMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsJan 26, 2014
The backwaters is a system of intercoastal waterways spanning much of the length of the state of Kerala. It's probably the most famous single feature of the state, and few people visit Kerala without taking a houseboat trip along its waters - surrounded by coconut palms and emerald-green rice fields. There are major entry points and houseboat operators (it pays to shop around) in Allepuzha and Kollam, amongst others. This is an area of significant biological diversity, and a few days' slow cruise might be the perfect antidote to the stresses found elsewhere on the subcontinent.
- The Backwaters, KeralaApr 08, 2013
I have mixed feelings about Kochi, Kerala. I've been once before for a good friend's wedding and had an amazing time, but that was due largely to the wedding itself and the many friends who were there with me. Having been back for a second visit, I think Kerala is a nice area for those who want to experience good food in a relatively quiet beach town. I'm not one of those.
The highlight of Kerala is its backwaters and the peaceful tours one can enjoy on them. I did the tour twice and loved it both times. The scenery is breathtaking and the fish is to die for. Otherwise, I don't think I'll be back in Kerala until another friend gets married there.
- The Backwaters, KeralaMember ofLocal CultureAdventure TravelersDec 17, 2012
Step off the backpacker circuit by getting aboard a converter rice barge that cruises lazily through the boundless emerald backwaters of India's Garden of Eden. Nothing but palm trees, smiling faces and the tropical ease and comfort that manifests itself so freely in the Southern Hemisphere. Here, you'll find your lost serenity and understand why they call Kerala 'God's Country.'Recommended for:Backpackers
- The Backwaters, KeralaMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodies+ 2Dec 17, 2012
Renting a houseboat to cruise the backwaters is a once in a lifetime experience. You can hang out in the back, floating by houses perched on the waterside, with children swimming and women washing clothes. The best time of day is the sunset, when you can enjoy a cold beer as the world slowly fades away.Recommended for:Family Travelers
- The Backwaters, KeralaMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 2Nov 20, 2012
The overnight houseboat tours of the Kerala backwaters are great, except for the mosquitoes (wear some kind of strong bug spray). Beautiful during the day, peaceful at night, and the food provided by the cook onboard was excellent.
- The Backwaters, KeralaNov 18, 2012
We decided to take a day tour by canoe. Pros: Up close to see real village life, able to navigate smaller canals, slower speed is better for photography, had lunch at a village house (placemat was a large leafe and we ate with our hands! and didn't get sick). Cons: Slow speed also means you don't cover as much ground, some larger boats had beds that would have made for a great nap. Overall, for a true, authentic and relaxed backwaters experience, canoe is the way to go. If you're in more of a hurry to get around, probably better you take a motor boat.
- The Backwaters, KeralaJul 07, 2012
The backwaters of Kerela is a unique product of Kerala and is found nowhere else in the world. Backwaters are a network of lakes, canals and estuaries and deltas of forty-four rivers that drain into the Arabian sea. The backwaters of Kerela are a self supporting eco-system teeming with aquatic life. The canals connect the villages together and are still used for local transport.