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Offbeat Backwater Destinations in Kerala!

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Backwaters are something attract tourists and residents alike. A night spent at a houseboat is better experienced than narrated. Kerala has many backwaters, some that are mostly crowded with tourists and some not so popular among foreigners.

If you're visiting Kerala, a trip to any of the backwaters here is advised. Let us bring you some of the offbeat backwater destinations in Kerala that you can explore.

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Sasthamkotta Lake

The Sasthamkotta Lake is among the offbeat destinations in Kerala. It is located in Kollam district, and is the largest fresh water lake in Kerala. It is also known as the Queen of Lakes for its serenity and beauty.

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Valiyaparamba Backwaters

The Valiyaparamba backwaters in Kerala is perhaps the most beautiful backwater stretch in the state. Located in Kasargod district, Valiyaparamba is soon gaining popularity, turning it to a great destination for boat cruises.


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Located on the backwaters of Alleppey, Pathiramanal is a small island that is a bird paradise with migratory birds from various parts of the world. Surrounded by the famous Vembanad Lake and Kayamkulam Lake, a boat cruise here will be a rewarding experience for nature lovers and shutter-bugs alike.


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Kavvayi Backwaters

Kavvayi is a cluster of small islands and is located in Kannur distrcit, near Payyannur. Access to these islands is only by small boats or traditional 'thonis', making it an interesting place to visit. Since it is also a major fishing centre of the region, you can get fresh fish here which are just caught.


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Thiruvallam Backwaters

Located en-route to Kovalam in Thriruvananthapuram, Thiruvallam backwaters are to be visited for the canoe rides, kayaking and cruises in traditional boats called 'kettuvallams'. Since it is close to the capital city, Thiruvallam backwaters are often visited by tourists who visit Thiruvananthapuram city.


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Alumkadavu Backwaters

What makes this backwater stretch significant is that it was here that the first houseboats in India were constructed. On your trip to Alumkadavu which is located in Kollam district, you can relate to the boat making as the air itself is filled with the smell of coir and wood, which are used to make traditional boats (kettuvallams) and large houseboats.

Kerala backwaters has attracted travellers from across the world with their charm, serenity and unmatched beauty. Another interesting fact about these backwaters is that you get fresh fish here, often which are cooked and served to the guests at the houseboats. Experience this side of Kerala if you still haven't, as it is something in God's Own Country that is not to be missed!

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