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The backwater cruises in the houseboats along Valiyaparamba in the northernmost Kasargode district of Kerala are among the most fascinating of journeys.Kasargode is situated on the sea coast bordered by the hilly Kodagu and Mangalore districts of Karnataka on the east and north.Fishing is a prime source of livelihood around Valiyaparamba alongwith the coir and handloom industries, and these sights at Valiyaparamba can be enjoyed while cruising in the houseboats along the backwaters.

Scenic Background

With its unique natural and cultural attractions , Kasargode district is known as the land of gods, forts, rivers, hills and beautiful beaches.The Bekal fort, which stands on a 35 acre headland that runs into the Arabian sea , is the largest and the best preserved fort in the state and is situated 30 km from Valiyapramba. This is perhaps the most scenic backwater stretch in Kerala that can be enjoyed through Valiyaparamba houseboat cruises. Valiyaparamba is fed by four rivers and dotted with numerous little islands.

Nearby, situated 4 kms southeast from Kasargode town on the Chandragiri river, Chandragiri is known for its large 17th century fort built by Sivappa Naik of Bedanore. The Chandragiri fort, one among a chain of forts built by the same ruler, offers a breathtaking view of the river and the Arabian sea . It is a vantage point to watch the sunset. Chandragiri houseboat cruises offer enchanting boat trips to the nearby islands and palm groves.


Once the capital of the Zamorins, a prominent trade and commerce centre and the land of the Malabar Mahotsav, Kozhikode was the most important region of Malabar in the days gone by. Today, ancient monuments,the lush green countryside, serene beaches, historic sites, wildlife sanctuaries, rivers, hills, a unique culture and a warm, friendly ambience make this district a much sought after tourist destination.The houseboat cruising along the Kozhikode waterways is definitely a tourist attraction.

Tourist Attractions

Unexplored and unspoiled, the backwaters of Kozhikode hold great promises of enchanting holiday options. Elathur, the Canoli canal and Kallai river are the favourite haunts for boating and houseboat cruising along the backwaters of Kozhikode district.Kadalundi with its beautiful bird sanctuary is a charming site to visit while cruising in houseboats along the backwaters of Kozhikode. Korapuzha, the venue of Korapuzha Jalotsavam is fast becoming a popular water sport destination and is a tourist attraction while cruising in houseboats along the backwaters of Kozhikode.


With the Arabian sea on the west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and waterways crisscrossing it, Alappuzha is a district of immense natural beauty. Referred to as the Venice of the east by travellers from across the world, this backwater town famous for houseboat cruising is also home to diverse animal and bird life.

By virtue of its proximity to the sea , the houseboat destination of Alappuzha has always enjoyed a unique place in the maritime history of Kerala. Today, Alappuzha has grown in importance as a backwater tourist centre, attracting several thousands of foreign tourists each year to its houseboat cruises.Alappuzha is also famous for its boat races, houseboat holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. A singular characteristic of this land is the region called Kuttanad.

Inland Waterways

Kuttanad, called the rice bowl of Kerala because of her wealth of paddy crops, is at the heart of the Alappuzha backwaters.The scenic countryside of Kuttanad with its shimmering waterways also has a rich crop of bananas, yams and casava which accompany the rice bowl as "side dishes". This is one of the places in the world where farming is done below sea level. Inland waterways which flow above the land level is an amazing feature of this unique place in Alappuzha.

The enchanting little island of Pathiramanal (sand of midnight) situated on the backwaters, located 14 km from Alappuzha, is a favourite haunt of hundreds of rare migratory birds from different parts of the world. The island lies between Thaneermukkom and Kumarakom and is accessible by boat.


Located 71 Kms to the north of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam is another coastal district of Kerala famous for its houseboat cruises.The district which is the centre of the countrys cashew trading and processing industry also has some interesting historic remnants and a number of temples built in traditional ornate architechural style.

Boat building yard

One of the oldest ports on the Malabar coast , the houseboat destination of Kollam was once the port of international spice trade . 30% of this historic town is covered by the renowned Ashtamudi lake, making Kollam the gateway to the magnificient backwaters of Kerala that can be enjoyed through the houseboat ride.

The eight hour trip between Kollam and Alappuzha is the longest backwater houseboat cruise in Kerala.Alumkadavu, situated 23 kms from Kollam town,is halfway on the route to Alappuzha from Kollam. The quiet little backwater village in Karunagapally town is famous for its houseboat building yard. It is here that the gigantic kettuvallam(traditional cargo boats of rural Kerala)or houseboats were built. Today the kettuvallams which were long replaced by modern means of transport, have been converted into full fledged houseboats.


Bordered by the lofty Western Ghats on the east, the Vembanad lake and the paddy fields of Kuttanad on the west, Kottayam is a land of unique characterestics. Panaromic backwater stretches, lush paddy fields, highlands, extensive rubber plantations and the total literacy level achieved by the people have given this district the title: the land of letters, latex and lakes.

Backwater Destination

A voyage towards the north of Alappuzha, about 10 Kms from Kottayam, takes you to the rich green, sleepy little village of Kumarakom on the Vembanad lake. An enchanting picnic spot and a fast developing backwater tourism destination, Kumarakom provides boating , fishing and sight-seeing experiences that are truly exhilarating. An exclusive attraction of this much sought after backwater resort is the Kumarakom bird sanctuary.

The Kumarakom bird sanctuary is an orthithologists paradise and a favourite haunt of migratory birds like the Siberian stork, egret, darter, heron and teal. A cruise along the Vembanad lake is the best way to view the bird life.


Kumarakom in Kerala is a beautiful backwater destination. Located on the picturesque Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom has to be seen to be believed. Kumarakom consists of a cluster of islands which have been converted into a number of tourist resorts. The place is very popular with the discerning luxury tourist.

Kumarakom is enthrallingly beautiful. The blue backwaters and the surface of Vembanad Lake reflect the azure sky. The amazing shades of green of the vegetation that include mangroves, coconut palms, and paddy fields cover the verdant countryside. Channels and waterways wind their way through this green paradise. Water lillies and lotuses bloom in the water and birds from the bird sanctuary on Vembanad Lake call as they fly across the clear tropical sky. Kumarakom is an idyllic holiday destination for visitors.

While in Kumarakom you can enjoy the attractions of your tourist resort, have an ayurvedic massage, try fishing or bird watching and have a totally relaxing holiday.The birds you can see at the Vembanad Sanctuary in Kumarakom include terns, gulls, herons, lapwings, kingfishers, stilts and Brahminy Kites. If youre a nature lover youre sure to be enchanted by the natural beauty of Kumarakom.

Kumarakom is located 15 Km from Kottayam and about 75 Km from Cochin, which is the nearest airport. Kumarakom is accessible by road and rail till Kottayam. Taking the boat cruise to Kumarakom is the ideal way to travel to Kumarakom. Enjoy the beautiful scenery while lazing on a houseboat as you drift along the serene backwaters of Kumarakomů a cool, romantic and heavenly experience

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