are unique to Kerala and the area, over the last couple of
years has seen unprecedented tourist interest. The backwaters
are essentially inland lakes connected by a network of canals.
The backwaters stretch to almost 1900 km even though Kerala's
coastline is only 700 km.
of Kumarakom between Alappuzha and Kottayam is a popular
tourist destination. Backwaters of Kuttanad region, the rice
bowl of Kerala, is also very famous. The life style in the
area is unique as 3/4 of the year, the land is flooded. This
area is probably the one and only place in world where farming
is done below sea level. The Kollam Alappuzha backwater trip
is a tourist favorite. This slow journey by boat takes almost
seven hours. One can see villages life at close quarters
besides the farming and fishing activities.
(House Boats) :- Large boats of over 60 feet in length
covered with sheets made up of coconut leafs or palm leafs.
Now these are converted into floating luxury dwelling units.
houseboats come in all shapes and sizes. The houseboats are
generally powered by a small outboard engine, allowing one to
cruise along the the backwaters. Now lot of facilities are
providing in houseboats like rooms, kitchen, dormitories,
conference rooms, etc.