If there’s one destination in India everyone wants to visit, it has to be Kerala. Just opt for one of the Kerala backwater cruises and you will have a memorable experience, one that will stay with you for a lifetime. If you are choosing one of the Kerala cruises and holiday packages, you must certainly opt for a luxury motor vessel along the Vembanad Lake — one of the most enchanting backwater holidays you will ever have!
The backwaters of Kerala comprise five lakes, many canals, inlets and rivers. Kerala’s backwaters have an ecosystem that is fascinating; the river water (freshwater) meets the Arabian Sea waters. The ecosystem is home to a wide variety of aquatic species, from fish, crabs, frogs and many birds like cormorants and darters. Along the banks of the backwaters are tall palms and varied vegetation, all adding colour and variety to the ecosystem.
It is only natural that the unique Kerala backwater ecosystem attracts hordes of tourists. The house-boats are a major draw and add to the tourism potential of Kerala. Kerala backwater cruises are on top of the list of any tourist heading to India, especially if you opt for one of the luxury motor ves-sels. It is sheer joy to be in Kerala, especially during the Onam season, which is the most important festival of Kerala. If you head to the state during mid-September or October, you can catch scenes of boat races. Beautifully bedecked boats and vessels, the music and colour are bound to cast a spell on you.
What a backwaters holiday has on offer…
Before you pick one of the Kerala cruises, let’s see which are the major backwater destinations in the state. The Kuttanad region, which covers Kottayam and Alappuzha districts, is one of the key backwater destinations. There’s also Kollam, Kozhikode, Thiruvallam, etc, but you must pick of the luxury Kerala backwater cruises on the Vembanad Lake stretch, which is the largest and most vi-brant of backwater stretches.
Opt for one of the Kerala cruises, stay in one of the most well-furnished and luxurious cabins of a motor vessel, and enjoy the coconut tree-lined waters, the fishing nets, the best of cuisine on board. If you want to feel bliss, spend a day or two on a cruise, catching the sunrises and sunsets and lis-tening to birdsong and splashes of water. Watch a nice Kathakali performance on board, interact with the local fisherfolk, get to know all about the ‘pearl spot’ or ‘karimeen’ fish that Kerala is famous for…the choice is all yours. The cruise is bound to be a tour de force of Kerala culture and heritage, anyway you look at it!
While you are on a motor vessel cruise, you can also stop over at some of the famous tourist spots such as St. Mary’s Church near Chambakulam, St Francis’ Church, and Jewish Synagogue in Co-chin, among others. Close to Kumarakom is the tiny island called ‘Pathiramanal’ or ‘Sands of the Night’, which would be a great break during your backwater cruise.
So, what are you waiting for? Book one of the backwater cruises and get set to enjoy a vacation of a lifetime!
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By: Gaurav Nikalje
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