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“Everything is different from what it is with us and excels both in size and beauty!” Marco Polo about Kerala

Recently whenever I open a travel magazine I see Kerala’s massive advertising campaign convincing that “It’s time for Kerala”. This governmental campaign aims to promote tourism in God’s own country and shows the unique beauty of this very special region of India. Well they’ve got a point there! Ad pictures are filled with blue sky, lush jungle, palms fringing the maze of canals, traditional houseboats and gentle faces of Kerala’s hosts. And you may think it’s their job to promote, those places always look stunning on pictures while the reality check proves opposite. Now this is not the case. This campaign actually shows one of the most amazing, pristine and worth-visiting place.


Kerala is a small Indian state on India’s South-West coast nestled between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. Its uniqueness comes from the fact of being a continuous stream of forests, tea plantations and long stretches of beaches on the nearly 600km of coastline. It may be among the smaller states in the country, but what it lacks in area, nature and history has adequately compensated with stunning natural beauty and rich heritage. Coming across Kerala gets you to the lush forests, tea and spices plantations and hill stations around Munnar and Wayanad, to the sandy, palm fringed beaches of Malabar coast and of course to Alleppey the Venice of the East with Kerala’s Backwaters around. What is so special about them?

Here are some mind blowing facts about Kerala’s phenomenon- the BACKWATERS

What are actually BACKWATERS and where does the name come from?

  • They are inter-connected freshwater rivers and canals that feed towards the sea, through a couple of larger lakes, that seasonally gets charged with saline water when the sea backs up. Hence the “backwater”!
  • It’s a series of brackish lagoons and large water bodies intersected with maze of natural rivers and man-made canals. Brackish water is not a seawater not a fresh water… it’s where the freshwater from dozens of rivers meets seawater from Arabian Sea creating a totally unique ecosystem
  • The network is linked by about 1500 km of canals, spanning some 38 rivers and 5 large water bodies
  • The very special ecosystem is a habitat to various species of aquatic life such as water birds, turtles, crabs, all sorts of fish and frogs surrounded by palms, massive leafy plants and mangrove forests


  • But it’s not a wild uninhabited jungle – In the midst of that water maze, mangrove forests and paddy fields there are towns and villages with schools, churches and everyday life going slowly following the water flow! The houses are oriented towards the canals, since those are the “roads” of the backwater economy. This way the life of the people that live along these waters is open to view.


  • While cruising on the houseboat or in a small canoe you will see people doing their grocery shopping from small long narrow boats, kids being dropped by boat to riverside school, women doing their laundry in the canal, men fishing with traditional nets…this place is so serene and full of life at the sme time!



  • The famous houseboats cruising on the water can be your home while in Kerala – find out more here: HOUSEBOATS IN KERALA


  • For those who want to soak into the slow motion life during their Kerala Tour there are plenty of hidden beautiful, heritage villas and resorts set on small islands surrounded by paddy fields.


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