God's Own Country, Kerela has emerged as
a major place of attraction for tourists
in India. Kerela is famous for its Backwaters,
beaches, Ayurveda health holidays, hill
stations, wildlife, festivals, world famous
boat race, monuments and vibrant art forms.
The backwaters of Kerela are famous worldwide
and are the lifeblood of Kerela 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.
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 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 holiday
in the enchanting houseboats that glides
along the vast green expanse of the backwaters
is an amazing experience for tourists.
Some important tourist spots in Kerela
Kovalam Beach, Chowra Beach, Alleppey (Alappuzha),
Kumarakom, Thekkady (Periyar), Kochi (Cochin),
Munnar Hills, Wayanad, Trivandrum, Cherai
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