The very first thought about KERALA gives us the glimpses of its beautiful landscape, the topography full of tall green canopy of trees, magnificent backwaters, beaches, mountain ranges, waterfalls, authentic food and its phenomenal culture. No matter how many adjectives we use, they do not do justice to describe its beauty in words and evidently there is no astonishment in describing its divinity by calling it the GOD’S OWN COUNTRY. The very first moments you spend in the BACKWATERS OF KERALA will make you fall in love with its serenity. This place feels so romantic that it reminds you of a Maniratnam film with an A.R.RAHMAN song playing in the back ground. It is one of the most scenic places to visit in India.
Out all of the scenic places to visit in Kerala, the one that tops the list is THE BACKWATERS. The backwaters comprises of brackish lagoons and canals joining five large lakes. Kerala Backwaters is a combination of magnificent natural water bodies stretching over 900 kilometers. These water bodies are used for transporting agricultural produce, tourism hotspot consisting the house boats, resorts and other water adventures. It is said that Alappuzha (Alleppey) is considered the Venice of the east as it is with canals and coconut palm-shaded streets – serves as the major attraction of Kerala Backwaters.
Here’s our major Top 5 things to do in Kerala Backwaters that should be on your checklist if your visiting this heavenly destination:
1. Stay in a House Boat
The house boat cruise is one of the most special experiences and definitely the best way to sink in the beauty of the back waters. There are a lot of route options from which you can choose your cruise. Few of the best routes are Alleppey Round, Alleppey – Kumarakom – Alleppey, Alleppey – Thottapalli – Alleppey, Allepey – Edathua – Champakulam, Alleppey – Alumkadavu – Alleppey and many more.
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2. Bird Watching
Kerala acts as a house for a number of wildlife and bird species. This opens up an even more natural side to kerala, the western ghats open up a series of rain forest habitats. Trips to various sanctuaries like the Thattekkad bird sanctuary, the tiger reserve at Periyar, Eravikulam National park mark a memorable experience for all the birds and animal lovers.
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3. Water Adventures
For someone who loves adrenalin rush, there a number of activities that one can do. Few of them are parasailing, paragliding, trekking , kayaking, bamboo rafting, boat racing and fishing.
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4. Ayurvedic Therapies
Kerala is known for its ancient ayurvedic practices. Kerala’s tropical forests are home to over 900 different ayurvedic herbs and hence they have a rich heritage in this prospect .If you visit Kerala don’t forget to get yourself an ayurvedic spa to rejuvenate and relax. Kerala’s ayurveda is not just for physical well being but also for mental and spiritual stability.
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Kerala’s food depicts India’s most authentic and traditional food. It constitutes healthy and nutritious food with a lip smacking taste. They have a huge variety of food with great flavours in both vegetarian and non vegetarian. On a whole the food you get here is a gastronomical delight. So don’t miss it!.
In the world filled with concrete jungles, least human interactions,smartphones,virtual reality, robots everything is taking us away from feeling the nature with our own senses. Even with so much of an irreversible change that took place all over, KERALA still projects nature in the most graceful and delightful way which makes us believe in the magic that nature can do to us by changing our entire perspective towards the ecosystem. It definitely reminds us what today’s generation is missing by being occupied in our extremely fast paced lives. A trip to the Back waters of Kerala definitely blows our mind and makes us think about our responsibilities towards nature amidst our hustle and bustle of our daily lives.
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