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Kerala - Beaches and Backwaters Tours


Kerala is known throughout the world as one of the world's best beach destinations. The beaches of Kerala are beautiful stretches of clean sand, fringed by swaying palm trees on one side and rippling waves on the other. You can have a memorable beach holiday on the beaches of Kerala on Kerala tours with Kerala Backwater.

Relax on the golden sands of the beaches of Kerala, stretch out in the shade of the rows of palm trees along the beaches, drink the refreshing juice of a tender coconut and have an ayurvedic masseur, treat you to an ayurvedic massage while on Beach tours of Kerala. Feel completely rejuvenated after a tour of the beaches in Kerala with Kerala Backwater.

Some of the best-known beaches of Kerala that you will see on beach tours of Kerala with Kerala Backwater are:
Kovalam beach: This internationally renowned beach resort of Kerela has been a favorite haunt of tourists since the 1930s. Kovalam consists of three adjacent crescent beaches. The southernmost , known as the Lighthouse beach, is the most popular, Kovalam offers accommodation options to suit all the budgets.

Poovar Beach:
Poovar is an unspoilt and unexplored island, envoloped by the most serene backwaters, and opening out to the sea and a dream golden sand beach.

Shanghumugham Beach: This is a favorite haunt of sunset viewers. The beach is adjacent to the Thiruvananthapuram ( Trivandrum ) airport and Veli Tourist Village.

The Varkala Beach: Vakala is a seaside resort and spa, as well as an important Hindu centre of pilgrimage. High cliffs with rich mineral springs rise majestically from the coastline. The 2000 year old Sree Janardhana Swamy Temple and the Nature Care Centre are the two main attractions there

Alappuzha Beach: This is one of the most popular picnic spots in alappuzha. The pier, which extends into the sea here, is about 140 years old.

Cherai Beach
- This lovely beach bordering Vypeen island is ideal for swimming. Dolphins are occassionally seen here.

Fort Kochi Beach - The town was shaped by the Portuguese, the Dutch and later the British.Fort Kochi Beach is located about 12 km from Cochin. Originally a fishing village, Fort Kochi is believed to be the first European township in India, which still maintains its old colonial charm. Much of the heritage tourist attractions in Fort Kochi are located within the vicinity of the beach. The tiny stores put up along the walkway to the beach have stunning collection of stone and shell decorative and ornaments. The New Year Eve carnival and celebrations at the beach will give you immense moments to behold.

Kappad - This is the historic beach where Vasco da Gama landed on the 27th of May, 1498 with 170 men in three vessels. The rock studded beach is locally known as Kappakadavu. An interesting feature of the landscape is the sprawing rock that protrudes into the sea. The temple on the rock is believed to be 800 years old.

Bekal Beach: Bekal Fort, which is considered to be the largest and best-preserved fort, is about 130 feet above sea level, standing on a 35-acre cliff that runs into the Arabian Sea. Bekal beach that seamlessly adjoins the fort thus possesses a historical and archeological significance. Enjoy the stunning scenery of the sea from the fort and also visit the Bekal fishing village. One of the most popular locations for Bollywood movies, Bekal is one among the worth seeing beach hangouts of Kerala.

Beypore Beach: One of the revitalizing beaches of Kerala, Beypore Beach is located on the mouth of the Chaliyar River. Beypore is the commercial centre for Uru – Arabian trading vessel building. Tranquility and serenity of the beach along with a warm embrace of cold breeze is what that makes Beypore beach so dear to its travelers.

Kappil Beach: Kappil beach is secluded and is blessed with immense natural beauty. Fresh and moderately shallow, this beach attracts many vacationers who love swimming and sun bathing. Also, the beach has it peck for adventure lovers; a thrilling trek to the nearby Kodi cliff can render one a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea.

Kozhikode Beach: Kozhikode, one of the scenic towns of north Kerala, was the capital of Zamorins and has been a prominent trade and commercial centre from the times of yore. This beautiful and spic and span looking beach at Kozhikode is the much preferred haunt of sunset lovers. The beach holds a light house and two sea piers that are almost 125 years old. The Lion’s club and the Children’s park are the other attractions in the beach.

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.

Cruising along the backwaters of Kerala is an ideal way to discover the real Kerala. The placid backwaters that stretch for over fifteen hundred kilometers are covered with swinging palm trees.

Welcome to the Backwater Tourism in India. The delightful south; almost untouched by invasions throughout its history, the Indian heritage is more intact here than in other regions of the country. This is a land of temples, a land of the devout where new wonders await - the profusion of orange flowers, the shade of the banyan tree, and the soft beat of distant drums as yet another festival starts...

The major Kerala Backwater Destinations Alappuzha, Trivandrum, Kollam, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Kuttanad, Kumarakom, Cochin, Kozhikode, Kasaragod. The major tourist attractions are Kerala Backwater, Honeymoon in Kerala Backwater, Backwater in Kerala, Kerala Backwater Destinations, Backwater Cruises in Kerala, Alappuzha Backwaters, Kumarakom - Tree Houses in Kerala Backwaters.

The Kerala backwaters are a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast (known as the Malabar Coast) of Kerala state in southern India. The network includes five large lakes linked by canals, both manmade and natural, fed by 38 rivers, and extending virtually half the length of Kerala state. The backwaters were formed by the action of waves and shore currents creating low barrier islands across the mouths of the many rivers flowing down from the Western Ghats range.

The Kerala Backwaters are a network of interconnected canals, rivers, lakes and inlets, a labyrinthine system formed by more than 900 km of waterways, and sometimes compared to the American Bayou. In the midst of this landscape there are a number of towns and cities, which serve as the starting and end points of backwater cruises. National Waterway No. 3 from Kollam to Kottapuram, covers a distance of 205 km and runs almost parallel to the coast line of southern Kerala facilitating both cargo movement and backwater tourism

The backwaters have a unique ecosystem - freshwater from the rivers meets the seawater from the Arabian Sea. In certain areas, such as the Vembanad Kayal, where a barrage has been built near Kumarakom, salt water from the sea is prevented from entering the deep inside, keeping the fresh water intact. Such fresh water is extensively used for irrigation purposes.

Many unique species of aquatic life including crabs, frogs and mudskippers, water birds such as terns, kingfishers, darters and cormorants, and animals such as otters and turtles live in and alongside the backwaters. Palm trees, pandanus shrubs, various leafy plants and bushes grow alongside the backwaters, providing a green hue to the surrounding landscape.

Vembanad Kayal is the largest of the lakes, covering an area of 200 km², and bordered by Alappuzha (Alleppey), Kottayam, and Ernakulam districts. The port of Kochi (Cochin) is located at the lake's outlet to the Arabian Sea. Alleppey, "Venice of the East", has a large network of canals that meander through the town. Vembanad is India’s longest lake.

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