One of the main specialties of Kerala is its Backwaters. The enthralling experience of Kerala Backwaters (Backwater Tourism) is one of the most preferred tour attractions in India. The Backwaters of Kerala covers around 1500 kms and are a chain of lagoons and canals which are natural and manmade. The Kerala Backwaters are a network of interconnected canals, rivers, lakes and lagoons formed by the action of sea waves creating low barrier islands across the mouth of the rivers that are flowing down from the Western Ghats and flows into the Arabian Sea. There are lot of towns and cities comes in this beautiful arena and are famous spots for the Backwater cruises; that too in boats called House Boats which showcase the Architectural Beauty of Kerala and made with the facilities of a small home. Alappuzha/Aleppey is the main Backwater destination in Kerala and is also spread across Kottayam & Ernakulam. The unique and distinct ecosystem of backwater region is the another specialty and is home for aquatic life which includes crabs, frogs, turtles etc. The wide spread backwaters is one of the main transportation medium in Kerala and is highly reduces the atmospheric pollution.
Some of the most preferred Backwater destinations in Kerala include:
Poovar Island – Trivandrum District Sasthamcottah Lake – Kollam District Pathiramanal – Aleppey District Kumarakom – Kottayam District Vembanad Lake – Kottayam District Periyar Lake – Idukki District Marine Drive – Ernakulam District Willington Island – Ernakulam District Pookot Lake – Wayanad District Kuruva Island – Wayanad District