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Kovalam

This internationally renowned beach resort is a favorite haunt of tourist since the 1930s. Kovalam consists of three adjacent crescent beaches. The southernmost, known as the Lighthouse Beach, is the most popular of the three. Kovalam offers accommodation to suit all budgets. 

Accessibility: 16km(1/2 hour) from Thiruvananthapuram. 

Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin), which is two hours away from Kovalam. The three oceans - the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean meet at Kanya Kumari. Sun rise and sun set here are special, soul stirring moments - given an opportunity do not miss the visit to the Cape at sunset if not at sunrise!  
        
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                                            Backwaters
                                     
                              

 
Kerala is a land gifted with meandering backwaters. Backwaters are large inland lakes (both fresh and salt water) and ocean inlets which stretch irregularly along the coast of the state. They are an attractive and valuable feature of Kerala. Innumerable lagoons, lakes, canals, estuaries and the deltas of forty-four rivers make up the 900 km backwater network of Kerala. 

The backwaters mainly cover four districts of the State-Kollam, Alappuzha, Kottayam and Kochi. The largest backwater body, the Vembanad Lake (about 200 sq. km in area), which opens out into the Arabian Sea at Cochin port. 

The Ashtamudi Lake, The second largest backwater stretch, offers the longest ride (eight hours) and is considered the gateway to the backwaters. 

Some other major backwaters, are Veli, Kadhinamkulam, Anjutengu, Edava, Nadayara, Paravoor and Ashtamudi. The rivers interlink with the backwaters and together they provide an excellent means of transport on slow moving rice boats called Kettuvallams.

The unexplored backwaters of Kozhikode also holds great promise of enchanting holiday options. Elathur, the Canoli Canal and the Kallai river are favourite destinations for boating. Kadalundi, with its beautiful bird sanctuary is a charming site. Korapuzha, the venue of the Korapuzha Jalotsavam is fast becoming a popular watersport destination.

Backwaters are special for their scenic, unspoilt beauty and the charming, slow pace of life along the banks. 
                                                   
Kumarakam 

Just 12 km from Kottayam, this unique backwater destination situated on the banks of the Vembanad lake is considered the gateway to the backwaters of Kuttanad. 

Kumarakam Bird Sanctuary is a favorite haunt of migratory birds from across the world which makes it a renowned bird watching centre. The best time for this is between November and March, when a flocks of migratory birds from Siberia make it their winter home. Some of the species include the Snake bird, Little Cormorant, Crow Pheasant, White-branded water Hen and Tree pie. 

Houseboat cruises at Kumarakom

Kumarakam is a centre for houseboat cruises. Traditionally, the houseboats was called kettuvallam, which means a boat made by trying together pieces of wood. Unbelievable as it may sound, not a single nail is used in the making of a kettuvalam. Jackwood planks are joined together with coir rope and then coated with black resin made from boiled cashew nuts shells.

Today, these giant 80 foot crafts have been adapted into luxuriously furnished houseboats. A kettuvallam usually has one or two bath attached bedrooms, an open lounge, deck, kitchenette and a crew comprising oarsmen, a cook and guide. 

No trip to Kumarakom is complete without a Kettuvallam sunset or sunrise cruise. Your holiday home in this tranquil world is the comfortably furnished houseboat. The ride offers a close look into a delightful rustic life. Skiff-fishermen launching their tiny boats. Large flotillas of ducks waddling down to the water from coconut leaf thatched houses on the banks of canals. Palm-filled lagoons, an enchanting view of wooded islands and the main lands are poetically beautiful scenes.

Come, check into a houseboat for the most amazing experience of your life. 

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Accessibility:  The Muhamma boat jetty is just 41 km away from Kochi. From there the exhilarating boat ride will take about 10 minutes.  Click Here for more about the backwaters.

                                                                   
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  Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)


The capital of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, lies at the southern edge of the state. Part of the former princely state of Travancore, it has several museums and fine buildings, among which the beautiful Padmanabhaswami temple is and outstanding example of South Indian architecture. 

The former palace of Padmanabhapuram, elegant, distinctive and built hundreds of years ago can be visited from here. The beach resort of Kovalam is just 16kms. away, and is one of the finest in India.


Kochi (Cochin)  


The commercial and industrial capital of Kerala has one of the finest natural harbours in the world. This city is home to the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth as well as numerous old churches and temples. Jew Town, the area around the synagogue is a centre of spice trade and curio shops. 

Ancient mariners from Arabia, China, Holland, Britain and Portugal have all left their mark on this beautiful island city. Half the fun of visiting Kochi is moving around on the local ferries. A conducted cruise through the winding waterways will take you to several quaint spots. Read more

Alappuzha (Alleppey)

Also known as the Venice of the east, Alappuzha is famous for its boat races, houseboats holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. A singular characteristic of this land is the region called Kuttanad. The Granary of Kerala, Kuttanad is one of the few regions in the world where farming is done below sea level.

Accessibility: 64km (2 hour) from Kochi.

Kollam (Quilon)

One of the oldest ports of the Malabar coast, Kollam was once the centre of the international spice trade. North of Thiruvananthapuram, 30%of this historic town is covered by the renowned Ashtamudi lake. The eight hour boat trip between Kollam and Alappuzha is the longest and most enchanting experience of Kerala's Backwaters.

Accessibility: 72km (2 hour) from Thiruvananthapuram.

                        Major Wild Life Sanctuaries

Thekkady (Periyar), Parambikkulam, Wayanad, Silent Valley, Aralm, Peechi-Vazhani, Chimani, Shenduruny, Idukki, Chinnar, Peppara and Neyyar.

                               Bird Sanctuaries

Thattekad and Kumarakom


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