Time taken in hours
Height above sea level
From Chennai (to Trivandrum)- 708 kilometers
From Madurai (to Trivandrum)- 264 kilometers)
6 and ½ hrs.
Max. – 36.7 (summers)
Min.- 19.8 (winters)
Light cottons in both summers and winters
Kerela, the God's Own Country, offers much
and has emerged as a major place of attraction
for tourists in India. Kerela is famous
for its beaches, backwaters, its lush greenery,
world famous boat race, its culture and
the authentic food.
The backwaters of Kerela are the lifeblood
of Kerela and are unique feature of this
state. Backwaters are a network of lakes,
canals, estuaries and deltas of forty-four
rivers that drain into the Arabian Sea.
The backwaters of Kerela are a self-supporting
eco-system teeming with aquatic life. The
canals connect the villages together and
are used for local transport. Over 900 km
of this labyrinthine water world is navigable.
The largest backwater stretch in Kerela
is the Vembanad Lake, which flows through
three districts and opens out into the sea
at the Kochi Port. The Astamudi Lake that
covers a major portion of Kollam district
in the south is the second largest lake
and is considered the gateway to the backwaters.
The most exciting thing on the backwaters
of Kerela is the kettuvallom or traditional
houseboat, which has become the most popular
tourism product in India today. A houseboat
gliding along the vast green expanse of
the backwaters is one of the most amazing
spectacles in the world for a tourist. Even
more enchanting is a holiday in the houseboats
Backwaters, beaches, Ayurveda health holidays,
hill stations, wildlife, festivals, monuments
and vibrant art forms are the things that
add charm to this amazing state of India.
How to reach Kerela:
Kerela is easily accessible by air, rail
and road. It is connected by air with major
cities in India and the world. Trains from
most cities in India ply to and fro Kerela
on daily basis. Excellent intra and inter
bus services is also available to travel
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