The Kerala backwaters lie in land form the Arabian Sea in this peaceful, staggeringly beautiful state. the comprise network of canals, lakes and rivers stretching some 15,000 kilometres.

In Kerala's tiny coastal villages, strung together by an intricate network of canals and lagoons, exists a liquid emarald world. Deep green coconut fronds, lighter green rice shoots, the water itself turning green rice shoots, the water itself turning green and sometimes, when the trees meet overhead, a dark green tunnel. Here, the day begins and ends on water. The houses are oriented towards the canals, since those ar the 'roads' of the backwater economy.

Kerala's backwaters are yet another instance of culture being a product of geography. One can start the backwaters tour from a number of places, including Ernakulam, Kumarakom, Kottayam and Kollam.

Comfortable ambling vessels, the Kettuvallom houseboats usually come with a crew of a cook and a bearer, along with the driver. Fixed itinerary tours typically take in several stops along the backwaters - resorts, temples, museums and villages where snakeboats ae made. But, if you want to venture deeper into the narrower canals and remoter villages, you can design your own itinerary with most operators.

With the active support of the Tourism Department cruise can be the pride of our country. They can become very popular too, among tourists coming from different places to Kerala. A rail or bus ride can never give that much feeling as with the journey of Cruise from Alappuzha to Kochi. Now the Government  and many private tour operators has taken initiative to launch a cruise in Kerala.

Travel Tips

Month of March , April & May book your boat as Air condition.

Avoid plastic bottles and covers through into the backwater, use dust bins.

Try to wear cotton light dress on cruise; it can avoid humidity on summer time. (March, April, May)


When to visit

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • July
  • Aug
  • Sept
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
sprinkles Hot
  • 40° Max
  • 19° Min
  • 23 mm
  • Cotton
Things to do

Fixed itinerary tours typically take in several stops along the backwaters - resorts, temples, museums and villages where snakeboats are made. 

Every now and then, moor your boat and hop out to watch a boat being built, coir ropes woven, or coconut oil extracted or just join in whatever fun is going on.

Getting Around

Backwaters menndering throughout Kerala link a network of canals, lagoons, lakes and river, watering rice paddies and dotted with an enviable armada of live aboard houseboats. The heady mix of fresh and salt water provides a heaven for a varied array of wild life, from frogs and water birds to otters and turtles.

Places to Stay

There are so many resorts is an intimare attractive gateway on Punnamada Lake. Old home that fronts the backwaters,a nd belongs to a family that runs its own Ayurvedic brand.

How to Reach

  • Nearest airport is Cochin, and from there you can get a bus, or cabs (2 hours drive approx 80 to 100 kms).
  • The Alleppey railway station and connects all the major cities and towns of the state as well as the country. Taxis, buses, autos etc. are available outside the railway station to reach any desired location.
  • The KSRTC bus service moves throughout the state at a reasonable price. Private bus services are also present connecting Alappuzha with other adjoining states. The distance between Alappuzha and Trivandrum is 151 KMand it takes approx 3 hrs, and from Cochin it takes around 2 hrs.

Surrounding Attractions

Kumarakom - This is one destination where the hotel your say in will be a very large part of your holiday. Most of the Kumarakom resorts make excellent use of the Vembanad or its canals, revel in Kerala heritage furnishings and offer great Kerala Ayurvedic treatments.

You can Kuttanad, Kollam, Allepey, Kasaragod also.


Important Numbers

Journey conducted by  

District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC)

Ph. No. 0477- 2253308, 2251796



Alleppy Cruise Tours & Travels

 CC 29/ 1288E, Bank Road, Vyttila, Cochi-682019, Kerala

Ph:- +91-9447799512, +914782563312