15 Best Kerala Backwaters - 2021 (2600+ Reviews & Photos)
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Wondering what are Kerala backwaters and why to witness them? The best way to know about them is to opt for one of them. With a long lasting list of backwater tours, this place is just one of its kind and extends a sense of freshness accompanied by picture-perfect backdrops of greens.

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While you tour the region over a houseboat, you can explore the vivid colors of this quarter and create everlasting memories. Whether you are touring this place with your beloved or your family, it is a choice with no regrets and awaits you with its charm. 
The backwater tour in Kerala encircles Alleppey Backwaters, Kuttanad Backwaters, Kumarakom Backwaters, Padanna Backwaters, and several others with which you can unveil the wonders of nature.

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Each of them is uniquely crafted by nature to offer you an unusual experience. Needless to say, there is much more in the backwaters other than the green palms and coconut trees. Be it a leisurely float along the sparkling water or a tour with an ultra-luxury houseboat, here you can have it all. 

Here are some of the best Kerala backwaters: 

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Alleppey Backwaters

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Explore one of the most striking Kerala backwaters, which is in Alleppey. A locale both for tourists and travelers. The best way to go around and explore is either a modest houseboat or a budget-friendly local ferry. Wave to the local children in vivid uniforms and the passing coconut trees. The picturesque offered by this locale is unbeatable amongst the many backwater tours in Kerala.

Witness the serene sunset, capture the vivid birds flying above. If lucky enough to be here in August, watch the famous boat race.

Best time to visit:
If you are looking for mild weather then months from November to February are favorable, but if you wish to explore the waters in summers then months from March to May are well-suited.

Nearest railway station: 
Alleppey railway station.

Nearest airport: 
Cochin International Airport.


Kuttanad Backwaters

Watch the duck fleet quacking together moving across the backwaters in perfect harmony. Like a patty in a burger, this locale is in between the hills and the sea. The tourists frequent this place, for their passion to witness the shimmering backwaters, that comprises of rivers, canals, and lakes on either side with the lush greenery and rural Kerala lifestyle, that remains completely unrevealed. Indeed one of the best backwater tour in Kerala.

Highlights: Relax whilst touring the scenic beauty and paddy fields if visible. The surrounding attractions worth a visit are Champakulam and Chengannur, a town with a balmy ambiance.

Best time to visit: August to March.

Nearest railway station: Alleppey railway station.

Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport.


Kumarakom Backwaters

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For a perfect backwater tour in Kerala, enjoy the scenic sites of lush paddy fields and coconut trees swaying, exotic village life right by your side while you sail through a network of canals that mix into the large patch of water in the Vembanad Lake.

This region comes alive with various cultural performances and traditional competitions like Snake Boat racing. The locals get engaged in the preparation to welcome and feast, involve and spread prosperity and joy amongst the people here. 

Best time to visit: 
August and September.

Nearest railway station: 
Alleppey railway station.

Nearest airport: 
Cochin International Airport.


Cherai Island Backwaters

Of all the Kerala backwaters, this is a perfect blend of the sea and the backwaters. This enchanting locale is one amidst the must-see spots for tourists. it's a perfect destination for relaxation with the beachfront and picturesque view. It's a perfect destination for relaxation with the beachfront and picturesque view. All along you shall witness the Chinese fishing nets and green grooves.

This locale hosts a lot of resorts where you can stay and have leisure time with your family, of course, this diversity also offers you a houseboat tour.

Best time to visit: 
All around the year.

Nearest railway station: 
Ernakulam railway station.

Nearest airport: 
Cochin International Airport.


Cochin Backwaters

As you know that Cochin is one of the finest harbors in the world as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”. Soak in the serenity as you enjoy the ferry rides and cruise around the man-made island. The vast greenery will surely make you fall in love with the place with amazing views making it a must visit places during your honeymoon trip to Kerala.

The best thing about this place is that this place is a combination of both traditional and modern of intense longing and high gaiety. Capture the dreamiest moment of the giant fishing net catching the radiant sun. 

Highlights: Stroll down Jew Street's shopping alley and shop your heart out. Enjoy a ride in the local ferries to Willingdon Island and the renowned St.Francis Church where the mortal remains of Vasco da Gama were buried. As you travel along, you'll find that the British, Chinese, Portuguese and Arab influence is very evident.

Best time to visit: 
All around the year.

Nearest railway station: Cochin railway station.

Nearest airport: 
Cochin International Airport.

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Kottayam Backwaters

Take a trip to Kerala this vacation and enjoy a stay in the serenity along with your loved ones. This Kerala Backwaters Tour will never disappoint you. Nestled amidst the lush green highland and paddy fields Kottayam Backwaters is the perfect holiday place for you. The backwaters are composed of lagoons, lakes, rivers, rivulets, canals, streams and salty seawater.

The best thing about the backwaters is the houseboat cruise and here you will find most of the people working in the backwaters. This place is like a paradise for tourist all over the world. Witness the spellbound beauty of the backwaters. As you sail admire the water lilies and lotus touching your houseboats and the water birds creeping slowly and slowly.

Highlights: Take an overnight trip through the legendary Punnamada Lake, enjoying the sight of the unique lifestyle of people in Kerala passing through the villages.

Best time to visit: September to March.

Nearest railway station: Kottayam railway station.

Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport.

Kozhikode Backwaters

Kozhikode backwaters are virgin and unspoiled backwaters that provide the visitors to explore the nature’s beauty at its best. The palm-fringed rivulets, lakes, and canals offer the guests with perfect houseboat cruising. Explore the picturesque backwater while sailing on a houseboat, observe majestic surroundings and enjoy the tranquil soothing effect of the enchanting backwaters.

While cruising along the Kerala backwaters, one can discover the fascinating countryside spilled across the countryside of God’s own country. The Kozhikode backwaters are enchanting as they are decked up with the engaging beauty of deltas, rivers, and lakes.

Highlights: Soak in the serenity as you cruise through the Kozhikode beach which is known for its serenity. The beach offers the most stunning view with two piers and a lighthouse. You will also get a chance to stop at the Pazhassirajah Museum which has a rare collection of gold and silver coins used by Vasco Di Gama and the Britishers.

Best time to visit: October to March.

Nearest railway station: Kozhikode railway station.

Nearest airport: 
Calicut International Airport.

Thiruvanathapuram Backwaters

If you want some exciting trip then chose the Trivandrum backwater from the Kerala backwaters tours and make it a memorable one. The all-embracing backwaters of Thiruvananthapuram present a beautiful kaleidoscope of the dynamic scenery. Cruise in the traditional houseboats called "Kettuvalloms" are available for a tour on the scenic backwaters of Trivandrum.

The meandering waterways lined with lush green vegetation with the blue sky as the backdrop is no less than paradise on earth. Cruise through the calm waters of 200 square kilometers which stretches of crystal clear waters and lagoons. Listen to the chirping of the birds and the gushing water as your houseboat sail on the placid waters.

Highlights: The serene backwater stretch, en-route to Kovalam, is famous for its canoe rides. It is the meeting point of two rivers-Killi and Karamana. A temple dedicated to Parashurama, the legendary founder of Kerala, is located in Thiruvallam. One can also enjoy some water sports that are provided at these backwaters for tourists.

Best time to visit: October to February.

Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram central railway station.

Nearest airport: 
Trivandrum International Airport.

Valiyaparamba Backwaters

Valiyaparamba Backwaters are the largest backwaters in North Kerala and the third largest backwaters in Kerala. These backwaters in another famous Kerala Backwaters tours which is a hit among the people. These backwaters are in the northern part of the Kavvayi Backwaters which flows through Kasaragod District.

Valiyaparamba Island Valiyaparamba Backwaters are unspoiled and has about it an innocence. It retains its rustic charm and serene, peaceful environment. As the waters are calm most of the visitors visit this place to enjoy the tranquillity.

Highlights: While you are cruising in the waters can fish at the Valiyaparamba Backwaters with the traditional sparse equipment used by the locals. Hunting for crabs is an experience you should not miss if you are here.

Best time to visit: September to February.

Nearest railway station: Kasaragod railway station.

Nearest airport: Mangalore airport.

Ashtamudi Backwaters, Kollam

Ashtamudi Lake derives its name from eight merging channels. This locale is one of the famous backwaters of Kerala and the houseboat tours here are extremely worthy to hop in. Cruises here give you a knock at the heart and rejuvenate the tired spirit. Let the local men take you on a special voyage to rediscover yourself. The exotic biodiversity shall enchant you forever.

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Best time to visit:
September & October.

Nearest railway station:
Kollam railway station.

Nearest airport:
Trivandrum International Airport.


Thrissur Backwaters

Tour the Kerala backwaters, an offbeat travel locale giving tough competition to the Alleppey backwaters. Carrying a photogenic aura, this destination lets you capture the vivid scenes in the scattered rays. This is a stop offering an insight to the local as well as the touch of modern Kerala.

Highlights: Catch a shikhara or a houseboat and go on a leisure cruise around Chettuva Lake, Kanoli Kanal and Tripayar. Also, there are motorboats in case you are bored with the houseboats and anything similar.

Best time to visit: May to August.

Nearest railway station: Thrissur railway station.

Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport.


Kavvayi Backwater, Payyanur

Blessed with rare flora and fauna, it is considered among the most exotic locations in North Kerala. Originating as a result of five rivers gushing and forming the blissful waters offer a perfect landscape for you to go cruising on the same. Dare to miss this awesome backwater tour in Kerala.

Highlights: Catch a boat and go explore the unexplored culture and delicious seafood. The calm breeze and soothing aura are sure to bring peace to your soul.

Best time to visit: May to July.

Nearest railway station: Payyanur railway station.

Nearest airport: Calicut International Airport.


Padanna Backwaters, Kasaragod

This is one of the few places in the state where modernization has yet not crept in..The old charm of the rural areas of Padanna still boasts of its backwaters today. Many tourists come here to see the oyster farms. Go touring on the houseboat or sunbathe at the Valiyaparamba beach.

Visit some places of high religious significance and worship at Shri Mundya Temple, Padanna Juma Masjid and Town Moideen Masjid.

Best time to visit: 
June, July, and August.

Nearest railway station: 
Cheruvathur railway junction.

Nearest airport:
Mangalore International Airport.


Alumkadavu, Kollam

Strike out the paradise on earth from your bucket-list as this variant of Kerala backwaters welcomes you. What makes this locale so special is the natural woody fragrance that floats all over. Often referred to as the making village this is a manufacturing house of everything you experience on your backwater tours.

Highlights: Explore how the majestic houseboats and the local canoes are built. With coir and wood all over, people come here to soak and experience of the manufacturing process and also tour on the same.

Best time to visit: July, August, and September.

Nearest railway station: Karunagappally railway station.

Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport.


Sasthamkotta Backwaters, Kollam

Queen calling! Undoubtedly, the aura this locale carries attracts the tourists in massive numbers. The spiritual ambiance and friendly fauna here are sure to melt your heart. Considered to be the hotspot, it has various pilgrimage sites surrounding it and the local people are always up with a fascinating tale about the same.

Highlights: Visit the Sastha Temple as this is a religious center believed to be of high religious significance. Tourists usually have a good time with monkeys jumping around this locale and offer them with eatables.

Best time to visit:
All year.

Nearest railway station: 
Kollam railway station.

Nearest airport:
Trivandrum International Airport.

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11 July 2019
It Was an Awesome Trip To Munnar , Pros: Traveling On Month Of July (monsoon Season) Make The Place More Special . The Place Where The Camping Held Has Given Stunning Panoramic View Of The Western Ghats and the Valley of Theni. On Way To Campsite You Can Also have A Chance To Encounter With Wild Animals Which is also an Thrilling Experince. The Dinner and Breakfast Which Provided By the Tour Company Was Quiet Decent. Memorable Moments And FunFilled Trip Is Guarantee . Cons : Food are Really Expensive on Outside Of The Campiste Residency If You Are Planning A Other Activities Than Camping Beware Of The Activities You Pick bcoz In Some Places( Example :Elephant Safari,Etc..) They Charge You More Than It Deserve Since I Had Private Tour I Did Not Have Problem With Restroom Facilities (because Campsite Was Near The Building Of The Tour Company ) I havn't Seen Any Restroom On The Places Of Group Tour Camp So Please Enquire Before The Begging Of Your Camping. --- At Last One Line Decrption --- " Nature Always Wears The Colors Of The Spirits " Live In The Moments In Munnar Have A Good Life :)
16 April 2015
Paragliding was a an absolute delightful experience for me. it was my first time and intially it was a little scary but when you start your flight its amazing. also the pilot was really friendly and explaining me everything from important points about the place and his experience of flying. best parts was when he was doing stunts like flying 360 degree. it was a very memorable experience.
04 November 2020
Arun is really a gem of a person. He is very informative, really kind and soft spoken. He shared knowledge about tea plantation and Munnar history too. Arun is also a good photographer and he captures amazing shots. The view is lovely as fog passes by. Also the trek is amazing given the distance and route. Arun also managed to provide a light snack and lunch on our way and we spent a fantastic time. The seven hills Lakshmi trek is really beautiful way to look at beauty of Munnar. Highly recommended.
11 October 2020
Ideal spot for family and friends to experience a complete riverside vacation at a very reasonable price.
25 May 2015
My money spent on this trip was totally worth it and i strongly recommend this as a holiday point for you.Especially i liked that ride on the houseboat, which is a typical and very famous tourist attraction in Kerala and you gonna love that too.
19 February 2021
Very good experience. Camera battery was weak and he hence our on air video was not fully captured.
28 January 2021
We thoroughly enjoyed the trip.The Jeep Safari was a very thrilling experience.The tent stay was perfect and the food was good.I would definitely recommend it for a group of friends ,looking for a weekend getaway.Kindly contact the host before reaching the campsite since network will not be available there.
21 January 2021
Stunning view, great place, great staff, helpful BUT Cottages need some repair/maintenance Linens are old and worn out and FOOD isn't good at all. I would still rate a 4 star for its view, location, and friendly staff. TO the management, please work on the food at the least and also some maintenance of the room, linen, rest assured you have a great location to always cash on tourists across all seasons.
We went to Wayanad for a family trip and booked this farmhouse from Thrillophilia at the best price as compared to other sites. The location of stay was nice, the scenic views from the room were amazing, The rooms were spacious, comfortable. The food served at the stay was so yummy, totally loved the food, they even arranged bonfire in the evening, it was a great experience.
Recently I went to Wayanad with my friends and we booked this beautiful stay, the location of stay was amazing amidst the lush coffee estate. The rooms were comfortable & cozy, the food served at the stay was amazing, the staff was kind & helpful, proper precautions were taken for covid, We enjoyed the guided plantation walk & cycling tour.

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