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Kerala Backwaters, Kerala

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Kerala Backwaters, a crisscrossing network of coastal waterways navigable by boat, provide one of the region's most efficient transportation options and tourist attractions. More than 900 km (560 mi) of lagoons, canals, lakes, and estuaries make up the network, and draw visitors from around the world looking to glide lazily under palm trees and past traditional villages on a houseboat. Explore this massive network of water-routes by renting a boat, as this makes for the easiest mode of transport and allows you to get an up-close glimpse of a region nearly frozen in time. Kerala Backwaters is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Alappuzha Edition.
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  • October 4, 2017
    Premium bedroom was just an average room; bathroom was not very clean, had to get it cleaned again upon arrival...later saw some pipes were leaky. Food was a big let down...very ordinary fare was serv...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    It is one of the things to do when in kerala - We had the boat from 11am to 4.30pm - spacious 2 bedrooms with bath attached & main sitting area with view on 3 sides. 10-15 of us & still had a lot of r...  more »
  • September 29, 2017
    Lovely place an incredible nature. You can navigate the River, admiring the vegetation and the birds. They call it the Venice of the East, and if it is particularly fond of waterways can even sleep on the houseboat. those who, like me, isn't used to tropical vegetation, can experience something very special and fascinating.
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  • July 17, 2017
    Had a great memory at this place. We 5members taken a boat for 12000 (incl food, 2 rooms) for whole night. Started at 12 afternoon and completes at 9AM. Nice environment around. Non veg and veg food will serves.
  • July 13, 2017
    Had an unforgettable lifetime experience, we had hired a houseboat to cruise in the backwaters of alleppey, and it was for one day, we cruised from 11 am to 9 am the next day, with all three meals, prepared as per our wish, by the houseboat chef, and the captain of the houseboat was a very soft spoken man, who explained in details about life in the backwaters. He even allowed me to be at the helm of the houseboat and I learnt how to navigate the boat from him, and that became the biggest icing on the cake for me, so to speak, of my fantastic Kerala holidays, " God's very own country".
  • March 23, 2017
    No less than 5 star. Real heaven on earth. Beauty at its best. Sunrise and the morning breeze, the waters and a ride on ferry, the best a person get from nature. Early mornings and the evenings are beautiful.
  • July 6, 2017
    The Backwaters of Kerala are essentially a group of 5 lagoons that are linked by natural and manmade canals. These waterways were mainly used for trade during the older times and are known for their scenic beauty and a rich variety of flora, fauna, avi-fauna and marine life.
  • June 19, 2017
    Really wonderful scenic marvel. The cool breeze when riding a shikara over the lake makes the ride more pleasent.

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Where to stay in Alappuzha

The accommodations of Alappuzha vary greatly in style, with the beach, main urban area, and waterways splitting the focus of the city. The area between Alappuzha Beach and Finishing Point contains the highest concentration of accommodations here, with hotels offering sea views and large resorts by the coast, a number of upmarket hotels and simple guesthouses by Finishing Point, and an array of largely standard hotels in the urban area between these two scenic spots. Many visitors to Alappuzha opt to stay on a houseboat for all or part of their visit, with the accommodations taking a range of different routes through the backwaters.
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