Kumarakom has a spectacular lagoon and coconut trees have become icons of Kerala tourism industry. There are bird sanctuaries to see along the shores and the village life has the attraction of simplicity and an old-age world. Kerala has traditional snake boat races with 130-feet long Chundan boats as its stars that add further value to its backwaters.
Take the journey to the hearts of lagoons, lakes, canals, estuaries and deltas of Kerala. The land of swaying palm trees and blue waters and skies....Kerala is the Southern State of India. It has an area of 15,005 square miles, only about 1 percent of the total area of the country.
The state stretches for 360 miles along the Malabar Coast on the southwestern side of the Indian peninsula. It is teeming with cultural and ethnic diversity and is a fabulous place to visit if you want to experience life in southern India and see religious monuments and stunning architecture.
The Backwaters of Kerala is unique 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 Kerala are a self supporting eco-system teeming with life.
The canals connect the villages together and are still used for local transport. Over 900 km of this labyrinthine water world is navigable.Kumarakom and Alleppey (new name Alappuzha) are the prominent Backwater tourist attractions in Kerala. Kuttanadu is the one rare places in the world where farming is done below sea level (1.5 -2 meters below sea level).
Inland waterways that flow above the land level is an amazing feature of this land. Kuttanad lies in heart of the backwaters of Kerala. This beautiful countryside with its waterways also is rich in crops like rice, banana, Cassava and yam.The most exciting aspect of Kuttanadu is the Kettuvallam (traditional Houseboat) which has become the most popular tourism product in India today. In a land as water bound as Kerala it wouldn't be an unusual sight, but for a visitor to God's Own Country a houseboat gliding along the vast green expanse of the backwaters is the most amazing spectacle in the world. Even more enchanting is a holiday in the houseboats of Kerala.