900 kms. of dappled, green waters. Fringes of dense tropical greenery. Clear
skies shimmering through coconut canopies. Kerala is a labyrinth of lazily
. Sprinkled with traditional houseboats,
country crafts, rural lifestyles and Tranquility. It's an intricate network
of innumerable lagoons, lakes, canals, estuaries and the deltas of
forty-four rivers that drain into the Arabian Sea. Over 900 km of this
labyrinthine waterworld is navigable. The largest backwater stretch in
Kerala is the Vembanad lake which flows through three districts and opens
out into the sea at the Kochi port.
Backwaters are the accumulation of Sea Water at the sea beach during the
to-fro motion of sea-waves in the form of lagoons, esturies etc. Today, Kerala
has become the most exciting tourist spot in India.
The Ashtamudi Lake (literally, having eight arms), which covers a major
portion of Kollam district in the south, is the second largest and is
considered the gateway to the backwaters.
The Ketturvallom :
Showcasing a unique heritage The kettuvalloms (houseboats) of Kerala are
giant country crafts, measuring up to 80 feet in length. 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 goods carriers have been adapted to make the most exciting
tourism product in India, the luxurious furnished houseboat. A kettuvallom
usually has one or two bath attached bedrooms, an open lounge, deck,
kitchenette and a crew comprising ozarsmen, a cook and guide.
The State is blessed with beautiful beaches and back waters, which are the
most important tourist attraction of Kerala. The State has about 550 km.
long coastline studded with world's best string of beaches. Along the
coastal plains is a vast network of lagoons, lakes, rivers and canals, which
provide excellent facilities of inland navigation.
One of the world's finest beach resort. Located 12 km. south of
Thiruvananthapuram, it is rated among the best tourist resort in the
Country. The excellent sandy beach and one of the finest sea-bathing ghats
are the major attractions. It is also ideal for surfing and skiing. The
famous Health and Yoga Center provides Kerala's Ayurvedic treatment and has
become an important tourist attraction for Indians as well as foreigners.
Good accommodation facilities are available.
The Cherai beach near Cochin, Vadanapilly beach 20km from Trichur etc. are
some of the other good beaches in the state.