Kerala Backwater Tourism
An article on holidays in backwaters of Kerala. Find out what all you can do besides boat cruise.
The backwaters in Kerala not only offer house boat tours but much more. The banks are the perfect place to enjoy a home stay experience that includes culinary enjoyment. Canoe trips and fishing are other options.
The home stay offers an insight into traditional Malayali lifestyle, their customs and daily habits. The accommodation will open a wonderful opportunity to understand the culture of the people. It will also open the doors to learn the culinary skills of making Malayali food - hot and aromatic. The stay also offers sightseeing opportunities in urban localities, quaint rustic settlements and nearby wildlife sanctuaries.
The brackish water lagoons, rivers and lakes all form this amazing network called backwater. The network extends and covers most of the state and encompasses many enchanting resorts, rural and urban settlements. The waterways are more of an indispensable hub of daily life and transportation system. Tourism is an experience of just this and the wonderful landscape of Kerala.
Nothing can be more relaxing than angling on the banks of these enchanting and serene waterways. For more adventure one can hire a canoe from the home stay and go with the tide in absolutely relaxed manner. In Kerala there is so much to experience without actually doing anything. Well almost!
The cruises available on houseboats are short as well as long distance. The cost depends upon the amenities offered and distance covered. Many houseboats are super luxurious with three star services. For those on budgets a boat ride can also be enjoyed on the local transportation boats or a ferry. Besides cruising, the tourists can also witness the numerous boat races that are held on these waters. This is an amazing spectacle with long exquisitely decorated boats oared by as many as hundred rowers.
Using the web one can avail the best package deals online. The major tour operators in Kerala offer varied backwater holiday packages to the tourists, The packages are usually three nights to ten day duration and cover many interesting places on the way.
The best season for touring Kerala is the August to March for exploration. For Ayurveda treatments the best time is from April to August.