The Kerala backwaters are a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast (known as the Malabar Coast) of Kerala state in southern India. The network includes five large lakes linked by canals, both man made and natural, fed by 38 rivers, and extending virtually half the length of Kerala state. The backwaters were formed by the action of waves and shore currents creating low barrier islands across the mouths of the many rivers flowing down from the Western Ghats range.
Connected by artificial canals, the backwaters form an economical means of transport, and a large local trade is carried on by inland navigation. Fishing, along with fish curing, is an important industry.Kerala backwaters have been used for centuries by the local people for transportation, fishing and agriculture. The region has supported the efforts of the local people to earn a livelihood. In more recent times, agricultural efforts have been strengthened with reclamation of some backwater lands for rice growing, particularly in the Kuttanad area. Boat-making has been a traditional craft, so has been the coir industry.Paddy fields in the Kuttanad region Kuttanad region is crisscrossed with waterways that run alongside extensive paddy fields, as well as fields of cassava, banana and yam. The crops are grown on the low-lying ground and irrigated with fresh water from canal and waterways connected to Vembanad lake. The area is similar to the dikes of the Netherlands, where land has been reclaimed from the sea and crops are grown.
Kochi also known as Cochin Called as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, is a major port city on the south-west coast of India by the Laccadive Sea. It is part of the district of Ernakulam in the state of Kerala and is often referred to as Ernakulam.Kochi was an important spice trading centre on the west coast of India from the 14th century onward, and maintained a trade network with Arab merchants from the pre-Islamic era. Occupied by the Portuguese in 1503, Kochi was the first of the European colonies in colonial India. It remained the main seat of Portuguese India until 1530, when Goa was chosen instead. The city was later occupied by the Dutch and the British, with the Kingdom of Cochin becoming a princely state.
Alappuzha , also known as Alleppey.The district is a sandy strip of land intercepted by lagoons, rivers and canals. There are no mountains or hills in the district except some scattered hillocks lying between Bharanikkavu and Chengannur blocks in the eastern portion of the district. There are no forest area in this district.Alappuzha is gifted with great natural beauty with the Laccadive Sea on its west. The town has a network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers. The richness of the coastal Alappuzha waters is expressed annually in the blooming and consequent deposit of a huge quantity of fishes and prawns on the Alappuzha coast called ‘Chakara’. This annual shifting of sandbank appears during the post-monsoon period and contributes to the local economy and is a festive season for the people of Kerala. The annual floods rejuvenate and cleanse the soil and water due to which there is abundance of marine life like prawns, lobsters, fishes, turtles, and other flora in the sea.The backwaters and wetlands host thousands of migrant common teal, ducks and cormorants every year who reach here from long distances. A major feature of the area is the region called Kuttanad, the 'granary of Kerala'. Kuttanad is also known as the rice bowl of Kerala and is one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level.
Arrive Cochin- Receive the guests at Cochin Airport / Railway station - transfer to the hotel - Overnight stay.
Sight seeing Cochin- A full day sight seeing tour in & around Cochin - Enjoy a backwater pleasure cruise to visit the historical towns of Cochin viz. Fort Cochin, Mattancherry & Bolgatty palace - Back to the main land by noon - After lunch visit to Cherai beach , village market and back to the hotel by evening - overnight stay.
House Boating Alappuzha- After breakfast leave Cochin and proceed to Alleppey for a full day & night cruise cum stay in a Luxury Houseboat at Alleppey back- water. Enjoy the traditional Kerala cuisine onboard - Share the unforgettable moments in between blue skies & blue waters - overnight stay.
Ashtamudi (Kollam)- Check out from the houseboat,procede to Kollam - Check in to Ashtamudi Resorts along Ashtamudi lake. Rest and relax.Overnight stay.
Ayurvedic massage- Full day rest and relax at the resort.Those who want an idle stay can undergo an Ayurvedic massage to rejuvenate the body (optional).
Proceed to poovar (Trivandrum)- Morning checkout from resort and proceed to Poovar - the dream backwater destination in South Kerala - check in to the Island Resort - Full day relaxational hours in Poovar Island Resort - Enjoy the tranquility of the nature in full spirit - overnight stay.
Departure from Trivandrum- In time transfer to TVM airport/ Railway station.
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Balance payment can be made 15 days prior to your tour starting date or by CASH on arrival at Airport / Railway Station. On receipt of full payment we will send you the travel vouchers through email. If you are making the balance payment on arrival, our executive will hand over the travel vouchers on arrival.