Kollam and Alappuzha
Ferry services connect almost all the locations from the start to end of the bays. Kollam is the starting point of the journey of the backwater regions. It was the centre of trade in ancient times and has been praised for its beauty by popular travellers like Marco Polo and Ibn Battuta. Thangasseri Fort near Kollam is a historic site that can be visited by travellers. The Alumkadavu Backwaters are popular for their huge houseboats and dry docks. Then, comes Alappuzha, famous for diverse flora and fauna, boat races and a large network of canals. A number of tiny islands on the Vembanad Kayal form the picture-perfect Kumarakom village. Rare bird species can be seen at the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary located in this region.
Thiruvallam is among the most popular backwater destinations of the state that is located at a distance of just 6 km from the capital city Thiruvananthapuram. Tourists can enjoy different water sports at the Veli Lagoon near Thiruvallam. The canoe rides are becoming one of the major attractions for tourists from all over the world. Paravur Kayal is also part of backwater regions, which is connected to the Arabian Sea. The resort in the heart of the lake looks beautiful and is one of the best spots to intake the beauty of this place. A cluster of almost eight islands, Munroe Thuruth is surrounded by Sasthamkotta Lake, Kallada River and Ashtamudi Lake. It gives an insight of the routine life of locals in Kerala, which has not changed much over years. The vibrant landscape of Kasargod, stretched between Western Ghats and the sea, is a stunning sight to behold. Trips to Chandragiri, which houses a number of forts, can be planned from Kasaragod. To enjoy the picturesque view of waterways, tourists can head to Valiayaparamba.
The backwater regions are a paradise for sightseers and nature lovers. Serenity and peaceful environ is a perfect destination to take a break from hustle-bustle of daily life and honeymoon holiday packages can be booked in advance to spend that special time with partner. Apart from boat ride and canoeing in the water of these bays, travellers can enjoy by visiting the beatific hills of Munnar. The vegetation spread all across the mountains form a marvellous picture showcasing all shades of green.