Travelling the backwaters is a fantastic way to explore. It is cheap, easy to arrange and you can see the village and wildlife of the backwaters up close. The boats or the canoes used for travelling are made of local materials like wood from jack fruit, tied together using coir (coconut fiber) and sealed with fish oil which lasts for up to 65 years.
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 and alongside the backwaters. Palm trees, pandanus shrubs, various leafy plants and bushes grow alongside the backwaters, providing a green hue to the surrounding landscape.
Tourists and travelers from all over the world visit Kerala to enjoy the backwater tourism. Backwaters here are an excellent example of self- supporting eco-system. Tourists have opportunity to see many aquatic life and creatures. Backwaters of Kerala will surely give a unique lifetime experience especially for those who are in love with nature.
There are many backwater destinations in the state like Alleppey, kuttanad, Kumarakom, Trivandrum, Kollam, Kochi and Kozhikode. The best way to explore the charm of these waterways is by undergoing a houseboat cruise. A houseboat cruise from Kollam will take about 8 hours to reach Alleppey. Alleppey offers an impressive and amazing sight of the marvelous beauty of the scenic backwaters. Fort Kochi, kuttanad, Trivandrum, kumarakom, kozhokide etc are other destinations known for natural beauty, boat races, houseboat cruise, backwater tourism, canoeing, fishing etc. Backwaters of Kerala will take you to a totally different world and gives wonderful opportunity to enjoy your vacation in a memorable way