3 Gateways to Kerala Backwaters
The Kerala backwaters are a sequence of salty lakes and lagoons lying similar to the Arabian Sea coast which is known as the Malabar Coast in southern India. This network consists of five large lakes connected with artificial as well as natural canals. These canals have water from 38 rivers. To have stunning view of waterfalls, include the below mentioned 3 entry gates of backwaters in Kerala.
Alappuzha – Also known as Alleppey, Alappuzha located in central Kerala is famous as the entry gate for the backwaters near the Vembanad Lake and included by water sports lovers in almost all Kerala tour. You can explore the network of canals having rides on luxury houseboats, ferries and speedboats. In addition, you can enjoy the ride of traditional 30-metre-long snake-boats.
Kumarakom – You can’t stop yourself including Kumarakom in your tour to Kerala when you will know its excellent picturesque. It is a part of the Kuttanad region and its picturesque has been described in Arundhati Roy’s Man Booker Prize Winning book, ‘the Book of Small Things’. You will have Kumarakom Lake Resort, Coconut Lagoon and Vivanta for staying. You can go for boating and fishing here and view the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary which is spread over 14 acre land and abode of to egrets, herons, darters, waterfowls, herons and kingfishers.
Kollam – Located between the Arabian Sea and the Ashtamudi Lake, Kollam is the best gateway to explore backwaters. Include it in your Kerala trip and enjoy boating and fishing in your tour. Ashtamudi is named due to its eight channels and visiting this you will have opportunity to view village activities like toddy tapping, coir making, fish farming, etc.