The Kerala backwaters are a network interconnected canals, rivers, lakes and inlets, a labyrinthine system formed by more than 900 kilometers of waterways. In the midst of the landscape there are a number of towns and cities, which serve as the starting and end point of backwater cruise. It is one of the best packages in Kerala tour packages. Vembanad is the largest of the lake covering an area of 2033 km. The lake has a large number of canals that meander through the region of Kuttanad. The backwaters in Alleppey has a unique ecosystem, fresh water from the river meet the sea water in the Arabian sea. A barrage has been built near Thannermukkom, so saltwater from the sea is prevented from deep inside, keep the fresh water intact.
Alleppey is an important tourist destination in India. Alleppey backwaters are world famous and is the most popular tourist attraction in Kerala. It connects Kumarakom and Cochin toward the north and Quilon to the south. Alappuzha is also the access point for the annual Nehru trophy boat race, held on the punnamada lake, is the most competitive and most popular of boat race in India. One cruise of the backwaters of Alappuzha is one of the most popular cruises offered. A round trip, in which you board the boat at Alappuzha and disembark at Alappuzha after having spent the night in the tranquility of the backwaters. The houseboats in Alleppy have all the creature comfort of good hotel, including furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, spacious living rooms, a kitchen and even a balcony for angling. Parts of the curved roof or wood or plaited palm open out to provide shade and allow uninterrupted views. While most boats are poled by local oarsmen, boat trains formed by joining two or more house boat together are also used by a large group of sightseers.
The boat moves from quiet, while cruising one visits villages to see coir making, paddy fields, temples and beaches en route still sunset. Sunset in the backwaters is magical. At night, the boat is anchored to beauteous quiet part of the lake, as people dream about the passing scenes they have seen through the day lulled by the ripping backwaters. The most popular boarding points are Kumarakom. Alleppey, Thottapally, Alumkadavu near Kollam. Though one may opt for the traditional cuisine of fish and vegetables, most of the houseboats offer a far more sophisticated and cosmopolitan menu for the benefit of their guests. There is a expert cook on each houseboat that offers ethnic meals and fish delicacies such as white prawn, pearl spotted fish, crabs and mussels, which are specialities of the region.