India Kerala Backwaters, Hills & Wildlife
The perfect tour to explore Kerala, India’s southern paradise abundant with greenery and nature. Wonderful hill stations, exotic wildlife and backwaters will enchant every visitor. Situated along the shores of the Indian Ocean and the spice growing Cardamom Hills to the east, Kerala is a beautiful and fertile paradise.
Munnar is located 1,524 metres above sea-level. Its cool climate provides a welcome relief from the heat of the plains. Carpets of tea plantations (Camellia Sinensis) cover the surrounding hills. This makes them one of the world’s highest plantations.
Between the hills and coast are the lush backwaters, a network of waterways providing fish for food, water for farming and a communication route for local villagers.
Blessed with an outstanding network of canals, lakes, lagoons and estuaries it is the perfect place to enjoy nature. The backwaters play a major role in helping it earn international fame. The peaceful and blissful blue Kerala backwaters promise to make your experience so treasured that it will stay etched in your mind forever.
Palm trees, pandanus shrubs, leafy plants and bushes fringing the backwaters leave the onlookers enchanted.
The backwater cruise envelops beauty, excitement, fun and pleasure. Cruising across the waters on a traditional houseboat is like slipping slowly into a heavenly dream.
The traditional Houseboats, also called Kettuvallams are available in various sizes. The houseboats are equipped with modern comforts and fitted in traditional Kerala style. They provide the best ways in exploring the treasured beauty of Kerala. Kettuvallams are built of bamboo poles, coconut fibre, ropes, bamboo mats and carpets and are therefore eco-friendly. It has one or two rooms and a small sitting room. The food on-board consists of local Kerala dishes giving you the real taste of Kerala cuisine.
The mesmerizing backwaters of Kerala also attract beautiful birds. Terns, kingfisher, darters and cormorants to mention a few. Other aquatic species having found a home in Kerala backwaters are crabs, frogs and mudskippers.
Besides providing entertainment to the tourists, the backwaters hold great importance for its local population. Is is used for transportation, fishing and agriculture. The Kuttanad region is best known as the rice bowl of Kerala.