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    • Standing by the sea, watch the sun make date with the dawn. Reconnect yourself with the backwaters of Kerala. There has always been some soothing power in the waves of the Sea. Lavish coastline, serene land, awesome weather with a coconut in hand, Kerala backwaters are surely one of its kind. Visitors love visiting the forts, the spice plantations, the hill stations, the wildlife or bird sanctuaries and not to forget the backwaters.

      Thrillophilia recommends you to take a feel of every aspect of nature be it land, water, mountains, the clouds, the sun, everything will make you feel at the 7th heaven. Thrillophilia has listed down some of the best places to see when on Kerala backwater tour.

      Here are some of Kerala's best backwater tours 

    • 01Alleppey Backwaters

       Our Kerala bactwater tour provides an indulgence into The Venice of the East, alleppey backwaters is the first on the list with its serene and scenic backwaters and number of houseboats sailing over it. These houseboats provide an excellent opportunity to experience the charm of Kerala in every aspect. A host of boat races take place during the harvesting season. This is one of the few places in the world where harvesting is done below the sea level. Alleppey backwaters remains the favorite destination for tourists keen on exploring the backwaters of  India..

      Best time to visit- Between September To march ( Monsoon deals are expensive) .

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    • 02 Kuttanad Backwaters

      The Kuttanad valley lies between the hill and the sea, there is so much to look out for in our Kerala Backwater Tours . The meandering canals set amidst the lush green paddy fields will keep you busy throughout your trip. A backwater tour in the Kuttanad region is a great way to see and explore the landscape of Kerala.

      Best time to visit- Between September To march 

    • 03Kumarakom Backwaters

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      This tourist paradise is more like a cluster of little isles, beautiful Kumarakom island located on the banks of the famous Vembanad Lake. Backwater cruising of Kumarakom is all together distinct know-how as it boasts tourists distinct sort of leisure choices.  The kerala backwater tours also show you the multi colored birds and luscious freshwater fishes along with blooming blossoms are couple of distinct faces of environment that you would enjoy. 

      Best time to visit- Between September To march 

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    • 04Kasargod Backwaters

      Keep your eyes rolling with a line of forts beside the backwaters of Kasargod. It is a land of seven languages and seven cultures. A place where gods resides, a land of forts, rivers, mountains and of course the beautiful beach.

      Best time to visit- Between September To march .

    • 05Cherai Island Backwaters

      Cherai is an island which is ideal for swimming and the lovely coconut beaches. This tropical paradise has an extravaganza which cannot be found anywhere else. This land is blessed with golden beaches, criss cross backwaters, rich and versatile culture, that will keep you in awe throughout your journey.

      Best time to visit- Between September To march .

    • 06Cochin Backwaters

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      Head out for this exciting adventure in Kerala and make your trip more thrilling in the Cochin Backwaters. As you know that Cochin is one of the finest harbours in the world as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”. Soak in the serenity as you enjoy the ferry rides and cruise around the man-made island. The vast greenery will surely make you fall in love with the place with the amazing views. The best thing about this place is that this place is a combination of both traditional and modern of intense longing and high gaiety. Capture the dreamiest moment of the giant fishing net catching the radiant sun.

      Highlights: Stroll down Jew Street's shopping alley and shop your heart out. Enjoy a ride in the local ferries to Willingdon Island and the renowned St.Francis Church where the mortal remains of Vasco da Gama were buried. As you travel along, you'll find that the British, Chinese, Portuguese and Arab influence are very evident.

      Getting There: If you are taking a flight then the nearest Airport is Cochin International airport (COK). If you are travelling by road Ernakulam Bus station is 2 Km from City centre, frequent buses are available from Calicut (Kozhikode), Palakkad, Kottayam, Kollam, and Trivandrum.  
    • 07Kollam Backwaters

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      If you are seeking for some serenity then Kollam is a must visit for you. Head out for this one of a kind Kerala Backwaters Tours and make your vacation special. Kollam has always been popular for the amazing houseboat cruises. This is one of the best thing to do in the Kollam Backwaters. Make some memorable moments with your loved one with the houseboat cruises. These houseboats are very well furnished with bedrooms and toilets made in European style. What could be better than spending the night with your family while enjoying a delicious traditional Kerala meals? Enjoy the starlight night as you cruise through the water along with your loved ones.

      Highlights: Enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of this region as you sail through the serenity. The Kollam backwaters are best explored on traditional Kerala houseboats known as "Kettuvalloms". You can delight in a delicious cuisine as you will have your own on board cook.

      Getting There: If you are taking a flight then Thiruvananthapuram airport at a distance of 72 km from Kollam is the nearest airport and the Nedumbassery airport at Kochi is more than 150 kms away. Kollam is very well connected by road. 
    • 08Kottayam Backwaters

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      Take a trip to Kerala this vacation and enjoy a stay in the serenity along with your loved ones. This Kerala Backwaters Tour will never disappoint you. Nestled amidst the lush green highland and paddy fields Kottayam Backwaters is the perfect holiday place for you. The backwaters are composed of lagoons, lakes, rivers, rivulets, canals, streams and salty seawater. The best thing about the backwaters is the houseboat cruise and here you will find most of the people working in the backwaters. This place is a like a paradise for tourist all over the world. Witness the spellbound beauty of the backwaters. As you sail admire the water lilies and lotus touching your houseboats and the water birds creeping slowly and slowly.

      Highlights: Take an overnight trip through the legendary Punnamada Lake, enjoying the sight of the unique lifestyle of people in Kerala passing through the villages.

      Getting There: Kottayam is very well connected with the major cities in India. Kottayam is connected by good motorable roads to all parts of Kerala.
    • 09Kozhikode Backwaters

      Kozhikode backwaters are virgin and unspoiled backwaters that provide the visitors to explore the nature’s beauty at its best. The palm fringed rivulets, lakes and canals offer the guests with perfect houseboat cruising. Explore the picturesque backwater while sailing on a houseboat, observe majestic surroundings and enjoy the tranquil soothing effect of the enchanting backwaters. While cruising along the Kerala backwaters, one can discover the fascinating countryside spilled across the countryside of God’s own country.The Kozhikode backwaters are enchanting as they are decked up with the engaging beauty of deltas, rivers, and lakes.

      Highlights: Soak in the serenity as you cruise through the Kozhikode beach which is known for its serenity. The beach offers the most stunning view with two piers and a lighthouse. You will also get a chance to stop at the Pazhassirajah Museum which has a rare collection of gold and silver coins used by Vasco Di Gama and the Britishers.

      Getting There: Kozhikode is the greatest port of Malabar which lies between the backwaters of the Kallai and Beypore rivers in North Kerala , 224 km south of Mangalore and 210 km of Mysore.
    • 10Thiruvanathapuram Backwaters

      If you want some exciting trip then chose the Trivandrum backwater from the Kerala backwaters tours and make it a memorable one. The all-embracing backwaters of Thiruvananthapuram present a beautiful kaleidoscope of the dynamic scenery. Cruise in the traditional houseboats called "Kettuvalloms" are available for a tour on the scenic backwaters of Trivandrum. The meandering waterways lined with lush green vegetation with the blue sky as the backdrop is no less than paradise on earth. Cruise through the calm waters of 200 square kilometres which stretches of crystal clear waters and lagoons. Listen to the chirping of the birds and the gushing water as your houseboat sail on the placid waters.

      Highlights: The serene backwater stretch, en-route to Kovalam, is famous for its canoe rides. It is the meeting point of two rivers-Killi and Karamana. A temple dedicated to Parashurama, the legendary founder of Kerala, is located in Thiruvallam. One can also enjoy some water sports that are provided at these backwaters for tourists.

      Getting There: If you are travelling by flight then the nearest airport is the Trivandrum International airport. The backwaters are also accessible from anywhere in Kerala as Trivandrum is well connected to Kerala by a wide network of roads
    • 11Valiyaparamba Backwaters

      Valiyaparamba Backwaters are the largest backwaters in North Kerala and the third largest backwaters in Kerala. These backwaters in another famous Kerala Backwaters tours which is a hit among the people. These backwaters are in the northern part of the Kavvayi Backwaters which flows through Kasaragod District.

      Valiyaparamba Island Valiyaparamba Backwaters are unspoilt and has about it an innocence. It retains its rustic charm and serene, peaceful environment. As the waters are calm most of the visitors visit this place to enjoy the tranquillity.

      Highlights: While you are cruising in the waters can fish at the Valiyaparamba Backwaters with the traditional sparse equipment used by the locals. Hunting for crabs is an experience you should not miss if you are here.

      Getting There: If you are taking a flight the you can take a flight to Mangalore airport, which is located at a distance of around 103 km. Reaching Valiyaparamba Backwaters is quite easy because of regular bus services managed by KSRTC buses.