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Best 12 Things to Know Before Planning Kerala Backwater Tour

Best 12 Things to Know Before Planning Kerala Backwater Tour
Last Updated: July 16, 2018

The Kerala Backwaters has its aesthetically pleasing and most scenic water network of beautiful lakes that promises you a leisure time during the tour. Its voyage through many canals and picturesque twists and turns leave the tourists spellbound. An unforgettable and life-time experience to a unique product of Kerala will help you decorate your travel diary differently. Most romantic honeymoon destination for every budget Kerala’s backwaters offer a lot more than boat races, lakeside retreats, and tranquillity. Here are top 12 things about its offerings and backwater tourism in Kerala that will give you itchy feet and help you plan your trip in a better way.

1. Expect an Ultimate Rural Life Experience

Kerala Village Tour

The alluring beauty of its backwater villages can hardly be described in words. The unbelievably attractive and pleasant villages of Kerala have not changed much for centuries. For a first-hand experience, go to Kumarakom Island located on the banks of Vembanad Lake which gives you a 360-degree view of the village life that has been greatly enriched by farmers, finest craftsmen and fishermen. The experience to village tour in Alleppey is a perfect blend of mesmerizing network of canals, beautiful lagoons and lush paddy fields. Additionally, don’t miss a chance to try your hand at the pottery wheel or experience fishing in a traditional way offered by The Kerala Backwaters. If you want to explore more, you can go for farmhouse feel and stay nearby.

2. Houseboat Cruise & Stay are Your Best Bet for Accommodation and Transport in Kerala Backwaters

Luxury Houseboat Cruise Kerala

A story from cargo boats to renovated luxury houseboats, explains the way people enriched their culture and heritage to a greater extent. Some interesting facts that the people decorated the floating structures to a world-class experience on a man-made network of lakes with mirror-like reflections. Houseboats may be categorised on the basis of its features, number of bedrooms. Excluding the journey to reach there, the houseboat packages start at around Rs.8500 to 35000 depends upon its luxurious and number of bedrooms in a houseboat, also considering the exclusive services on your enchanting routes you choose.

Are you sure you’ve explored Kerala? If not, don’t delay it. A traditional houseboat or Kettuvalam (kettu: dwelling structures, vallam: boat) is one of the most popular tourist attractions, particularly in Kerala. You can have a meal, watch cultural activities and witness the mesmerizing sunset on the gentle waters. The routes are all scenic but choosing a two-day cruise from Alappuzha to Kochi provides the best of the backwaters. Otherwise, Kettuvalams are also available at Kollam, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Kasaragod, Kumarakom and Thiruvananthapuram. An exotic cruising makes you glad and it’s magical.A wooden boat named Shikara is comparatively small in size and you can go for Motorboats for sightseeing attractions in case you’re running out of time and want to explore in a double-quick time.

3. A Plethora of Watersports Await You

Kayaking in Kerala

Kerala has run the gamut of lush green freshness and the magnificence of culture. In Alappuzha, kayaking and canoeing are popular activities and better to get an adrenaline rush that proves there are a number of ways to explore the backwaters uniquely. Meanwhile, you please include a Kayak in your schedule to explore the beauty of backwaters where houseboat will never take you. Paddling to tiny canals and rowing to angelic spots make you stop to admire the scenery that is comparable to none.

4. Kerala Backwaters are Perfect for Some Retail Therapy

Retail Shops in Kerala Backwaters

It’s not possible that you don’t get a call to get some banana chips brought if they know you’re on the way to Kerala and the only reason is its deliciousness which is locally known as Nenthra-kaya upperi. Toddy (Locally brewed Palm Wine) shops are closely situated on the and trying it is the best thing during the tour. It’s great and you can go for traditional Kerala-inspired artifacts or some authentic organic spices and essential oils. Nilgiri Tea, a flavoured tea grown in Western Ghats of Kerala, could be an attraction among tourists seem to be buying apart from products from the backwaters.

5. There are Plenty of Rural Snake-Boat Races to Witness

Snake Boat Race Kerala

Vallom Kalli or boat racing is one of the largest mass sporting events in Kerala. The oldest riverboat fiesta in the state, the Aranmula Boat Race takes place over two days during Onam. This year 2018, Onam will begin on 15 August and ends on 27 August. The dates may vary. Another top contender is the Nehru Trophy Boat Race held in the Punnamada Lake near Alappuzha, these two make for some great events to be sighted on the backwaters.

6. The Backwaters Make for Ideal Honeymoon Tour or Pre-Wedding Shoot Destinations

Pre Wedding Shoot in Kerala Backwaters

According to National Geographic Traveler magazine, “Kerala is one of the ’50 destinations of a lifetime’ with backwaters tourism as a leading factor.” Surrounded by green paddy fields, coconut trees, and attractively old-fashioned villages, the scenic backwaters of Kerala have provided a unique backdrop in a number of Indian movies. Either you’re going to get hitched in a couple of months or just hooked up and seeking a destination that strengthens your relationship, you can begin your story here on a scenic houseboat cruise in South India while you explore the gorgeous backwaters and use them as your backdrop for pre-wedding shoot as well.

7. The Best of Ayurveda Treatments Can be Availed on Kerala Backwaters

Ayurveda Cure in Kerala

Kerala may be synonymous with the word ‘Ayurveda’ and it’s fiercely popular all around the world for its ayurvedic things. On your backwater holidays in Kerala, you’ll be offered the kind of massage depends on what your body needs. It might be astonishing to get a variety of therapies includes Punarnava, Purification, Rejuvenation and Panchakarma therapy in a completely different setting – the backwater houseboat. Although, If you’re looking a treatment for serious ailments or lifestyle diseases, Kerala will definitely be a right choice.

8. There is a Wide Variety of Dishes Including Freshly Caught Fish to Savour

Kerala Backwater dishes

On the backwater cruises in Kerala, your trip becomes more than great if something delicious is served on your table and Kerala takes its food very seriously for sure. Don’t miss the chance to taste a typical Keralite food, the fresh veggies or the backwater fish. Yum! Kerala Backwaters offer lip-smacking dishes including Vendakka Mezhukkupuratti (Kerala style ladies finger), Mixed Vegetables Thoran, Payasam (Vermicelli) and Fish Fry (Pearl Spot / Seer Fish). You should not miss Kerala special dishes like Malabar Paratha, Naadan Beef fry, Kerala Prawn Curry, Idiyappam, Puttu and Kadala Curry while exploring the beauty of the state apart from the backwaters.

9. Every Season is a Good Season to Visit

Kerala Backwaters

Yes, of course, Kerala welcomes the tourists any time round the year and it is pleasant but the best time to travel from November to February could be ideal for visiting the destination due to comfortable temperatures. Summer season is hot but not humid so you can still go to explore its beauty. The rains make the backwaters romantically alluring and this season expresses its greenest best so you can also plan a Kerala trip between June to September.

10. Kerala Backwaters Are Easily Accessible

How to Reach Kerala Backwaters

Proudly known as God’s Own Country, Kerala is a state in Southern India and well-connected to all major cities around the world. IndiGo, Air India, Vistara, Spicejet and Jet Airways fly to Thiruvananthapuram International Airport or Cochin International Airport from Mumbai and New Delhi. Travelling by train is one of the most affordable way to get there, immensely connected by Rajdhani, Duronto and Express trains to all metro cities in the country and you can have a smooth family vacation by rail.

11. There is So Much to See around

Places to visit near kerala backwaters Thekkady

Added to the itinerary, the great thing about Kerala is that experiences of the places offers everything you could ask for. It is India’s hottest cultural destination, a must-visit while rowing on the backwater stretches of Kerala. Apart from the backwaters, one can also explore some pretty locations nearby such as Fort Kochi includes a museum, the Mattancherry Palace and a Jain Temple, Munnar if you’re fond of tea plantations and Periyar National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady that’s enough to spot some of the rare birds and endemic species.

12. You’ll be Spoilt for Accommodation Choices

Luxury Accommodation in Kerala Backwaters

Tops on the list of best honeymoon destinations in the country, Kerala offers the places to stay like no other and welcomes as warm as its ocean. Best hotels on the Kerala Backwaters with mind-blowing views provide a humble abode along the backwaters and make you feel a sensational life on the waters. You’ll be offered a range of herbal massage, yoga classes, and much more.

The Kerala Backwaters make you feel so much more alive and there’s a lot more to do on and around the marvellous water network in Kerala. No doubt, you’ll enjoy a number of activities and a different way to explore the God’s Own Country and its amazing product the Kerala Backwaters. If you’re looking for how to plan a perfect trip or planning to experience backwater cruise, Tour My India is here to customize a sightseeing tour for you. Give us a call at +91-9212553106 or drop us an email at, and we’ll offer you the best Kerala tour package. Also, a single click on LIKE button encourages us while sharing the blog motivates a thousand of people so don’t deprive us of that, like and share and spread the good word!

Published: 16 Feb, 2018
Piyush Tripathi


Piyush Tripathi is an MBA graduate and a health professional who enjoys travel as a passion, blogging as a hobby and likes capturing arresting shots to create memories.

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