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Kerala Backwaters, Kerala

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Kerala Backwaters, a crisscrossing network of coastal waterways navigable by boat, provide one of the region's most efficient transportation options and tourist attractions. More than 900 km (560 mi) of lagoons, canals, lakes, and estuaries make up the network, and draw visitors from around the world looking to glide lazily under palm trees and past traditional villages on a houseboat. Explore this massive network of water-routes by renting a boat, as this makes for the easiest mode of transport and allows you to get an up-close glimpse of a region nearly frozen in time. Kerala Backwaters is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Alappuzha Edition.
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  • Such an amazing experience on Prasanthy houseboat tour. Everything was organised from start to finish. The house boat was clean and well decorated, we even had an English TV for the evening! The staff...  more »
  • Total disaster at the houseboat Washroom with no shower or washing facility as broken Houseboat used is very old and not maintained No soaps like shower gel and shampoo Only one towel for 2people No s...  more »
  • Staff friendly, unique atmosphere, incredible experience. I leave to the crew of the margin of increase. Thanks guys.
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  • Amazing once in a lifetime experience. Staff is friendly and helpful. Interior of house boats is very clean and beautiful. Travelling in it, staying in it, is very rare experience. Views along the way of the ride is spectacular. One of the best places in Kerala
  • Houseboat stay in the backwaters of Kerala is the best tourism experience of my life. Such a peaceful environment with water all around. The world becomes very small for that period. The house bats are made with lot of amenities in a small place. Small but cozy bedroom, nice place to sit out to have a view of unending back water lakes. It is a once in a lifetime experience. Also Allepy is less crowded as compared to Komarkam. I must have experience in the Gods Own Country.
  • An awesome place to spend a day with you're family or friends. Very peaceful and awesome place. Awesome boathouses. Really awesome.
  • Great experience while travelling on boat. Nice boats and friendly people
  • Kerala backwaters are a chain of Brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast. The network includes five large lakes linked by canalsboth man made and natural. Kerala backwaters forms more than 900 km of waterways and sometimes compared to the American ‘Bayou’. There are many towns and cities in the midstof this landscape. The back waters have a unique ecosystem and many unique species of aquatic life including crabs, frogs and mudskippers are the sole property of these areas. Water birds suchas kingfishers, darters, cormorants, and animals such as otters and turtles live in alongside the backwaters. Various leafy plants and bushes along with Palm trees and pandanusshrubs provides a green hue to the surrounding landscape. Ashtamudi kayal in kollam district is known as the gateway to the backwaters.

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Where to stay in Alappuzha

The accommodations of Alappuzha vary greatly in style, with the beach, main urban area, and waterways splitting the focus of the city. The area between Alappuzha Beach and Finishing Point contains the highest concentration of accommodations here, with hotels offering sea views and large resorts by the coast, a number of upmarket hotels and simple guesthouses by Finishing Point, and an array of largely standard hotels in the urban area between these two scenic spots. Many visitors to Alappuzha opt to stay on a houseboat for all or part of their visit, with the accommodations taking a range of different routes through the backwaters.
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