kerala backwater tour

Duration : 04 Nights / 05 Days
Destination : Kerala Backwater Tours
Kerala’s backwaters is the most popular tourist attraction of Kerala. The total expanse of backwater stretches over 1500kms, with a network of 44 rivers, lagoons and lakes from north to south. Alleppey which forms the main part of this network has the peculiar geographical feature of having the water in level with the land. This gives the advantage of getting a closer look at the village life on shore while on a backwater ride. The intricate network of canals through this town has earned it the sobriquet “The Venice of the East”.

The most interestingarea in the backwaters is the Kuttanad region, called the rice bowl of Kerala. The area is probably the only place in the continent where farming is done below sea level, using a system of dykes and bunds.

The largest backwater stretch is the Vembanad Lake, which opens out into the sea at the Kochi port and flows through three districts – Alappuzha, Kottayam and Kochi. The Ashtamudi Lake has eight ‘arms’ covering a major portion of Kollam district in the south, and is the second largest lake in the state.

Fact File – Alleppey
Boundaries: Arabian sea on the West
Altitude: Sea level
Area: 1414.00 sq. km.
Rainfall: Annual 299cms.
Temperature: Summer- Max 35°C, Min 22.5°C; Winter- Max 32°C, Min 22°C.
Best Season: August to March
Getting there:
By Air: The nearest airport is Cochin, 64 kms to the North. Trivandrum International airport is 159 kms to the south.
By Train: Alappuzha is linked by rail to cities like Cochin, Madras, Howrah, Bangalore and Bokaro. The railway station is situated 5 kms away from the bus station and ferry station.( Enquiry Phone : 253965, 253865)
By Road: Road Well connected by road (NH-47). Trivandrum – Alleppey : 160 km, Cochin – Alleppey : 70 km.
By Sea: Water Connected with Cochin (5 1/2 hrs), Quilon (8 hrs) and Kottayam (2 1/2 hrs)
Ferry Services: Alappuzha is linked by boat service through the backwaters to Quilon, Changanassery, Kottayam, Cochin, Kumarakom, Kovalam and Chengannur.
The ferry station and bus station are close to each other. The ferry boats from Alleppey passes through scenic backwaters.
Day1 Cochin : You are greeted on arrival at the Cochin International Airport/Railway Station and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon sight seeing by boat visiting, Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace, St.Francis Church, Chinese fishing nets and Bolgatty Palace. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day2 Cochin-Kumarakom (125 Kms – 4 Hrs) : Kumarakam is a unique backwater destination situated on the banks of Vembanad lake. Kumarakam bird sanctuary is a favourite haunt of migratory birds from across the world which makes it a renowned bird watching centre. It is also a centre for houseboat cruises. Overnight at Hotel.
Day3 Kumarakom : Day free at Kumarakom. Optionally enjoy a rejuvenating Ayurvedic massage in the Ayurvedic centre. Overnight at Hotel.
Day4 Alleppey : Overnight at Houseboat. (Traditional Kerala food will be served). The houseboats are giant country Crafts, generally about 67 feet in length and has a width of around 13 feet in the middle. It took great skill and meticulousness to construct these giants by tying huge planks of jack wood together, without the use of a single nail. Today these are the most exciting tourism product in India, which usually has one or two bath rooms, an open lounge, deck, kitchenette and a crew comprising oarsmen, a cook and guide.
Day5 Kumarakom : After breakfast, Drive to Cochin. Drop at Airport/Railway station to your destination.