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The backwaters are a unique contribution of Kerala to the world. It is a network of lakes, canals, estuaries and delta’s of over 44 rivers that flow into the Arabian Sea from the Western Ghats. These backwaters are a self-supporting eco-system teeming with aquatic life. Alleppey backwater canals connect all backwater villages together and these backwaters are still used for the local transportation to villages...
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Many unique species of aquatic life including crabs, frogs and mudskippers, water birds such as terns, kingfishers, darters and cormorants, and animals such as otters and turtles live in the backwaters. Palm trees, pandanus shrubs, various leafy plants and bushes grow alongside the backwaters, providing a green hue to the surrounding landscape...
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The most exciting thing about the backwater tourism is undoubtedly the ‘Kettuvallom’ (a traditional houseboat) which today has become the hottest tourism product / destination in India. They are constructed with great skill and meticulousness by tying huge planks of jack wood together without the use of a single nail and is coated with a caustic black resin made from boiled cashew kernels...
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Kerala Backwaters cruise
alapuzha backwaters cruise
Kerala Backwaters between Alleppey / Alappuzha and Kumarakom /Kumarakam in central Kerala is most popular with backwater tourists. The other popular and shorter option is to cruise around the bustling backwater settlements of Alleppey and Kottayam near Kumarakom.
Kerala backwater cruises is Alleppey / Alappuzha - Kollam , Alleppey / Alappuzha - Alumkadavu , Alleppey / Alappuzha - Kochi / Cochin / Thannerrmukkom.
With the Arabian Sea on the west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and freshwater rivers crisscrossing it, the District of Alappuzha is a spot of immense natural beauty. Referred to as the Venice of the East by travelers from across the world, this backwater country is also home to diverse animal and bird life. By virtue of its proximity to the sea, the town has always enjoyed a unique place in the maritime history of Kerala. Today Alappuzha has grown in importance as a backwater tourist centre, attracting several thousands of foreign tourists each year. Alappuzha is also famous for its boat races, houseboat holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. A unique characteristic of this land is the region called Kuttanad. The rice bowl of Kerala, Kuttanad is perhaps the only place in the world where farming is done below sea level.
The paddy fields in these backwater regions of Alleppey stand below the sea level where cultivation occurs. Cultivation and habitation are made possible by indigenous agricultural engineering know-how at four to ten feet below the sea level. Extensive land has been reclaimed from the backwaters and is protected by dikes built around it. The similarity between the backwaters of Kuttanad and the famous dykes of Holland is often noted.
This little island on the backwaters is a favorite haunt of hundreds of rare migratory birds from different parts of the world. This island is accessible only by boat.
Alappuzha Nehru Trophy Boat Race at Punnamada (2nd Saturday of August) Alappuzha Tourism Boat Race (9th January) Pulinkunnu Rajiv Gandhi Boat Race (last Saturday of August) Champakulam Moolam Boat Race (Moolam day of Midhunam - July) Payippad Jalotsavam (4th Onam day - August/September) Neerettupuram Boat Race (Onam - August/September) are some of the important races.
Karuvatta snake boat race, Thykkoottam snake boat race, Kumarakom snake boat race PulimkunnuKaruvatta Boat Race, Haripad Mannar Boat Race etc...
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