Lying parallel to the Arabian sea coast, the Kerala backwaters are a chain of brackish lagoons. A lagoon is a shallow body of water separated by a larger body by barriers or reefs. The Kerala Backwaters are a network of interconnected canals, rivers and inlets. Many unique species of aquatic life including crabs, frogs and mudskippers are part of the ecosystem of backwaters. The water birds such as kingfishers and darters ; and animals such as otters and turtles also live in and alongside the backwaters. Most of the Kerala backwaters are naturally formed but some of the backwater canals are manmade. The Kerala houseboats; known as kettuvallams (KETTU means to tie, VALLOM – means boat) by the locals, is one of the major tourist attractions ; hence a part of almost all Kerala tour packages. So it basically means a boat which is made by wooden planks tied together with coconut ropes and painted with cashew nut oil outside. In old times, these kettuvallams were used for transporting the harvested rice.
This state is fondly known as “Gods’ own country”. It’s ncluded in the National Geographic Traveller’s list of “50 Places of a Lifetime”. With over 50 serene beaches, extensive tea plantations and spice fields, and the ancient art of healing Ayurveda , even the Greeks, who sailed to Malabar Coast in search of riches and pleasure, were intoxicated. The coastal district of Kochi is still the most popular city; with the most spectacular sights being Fort Kochi and the Chinese Fishing Nets. If you are taking a holiday package in India, the one in Kerala would help you live a relaxed holiday. You have the freedom to enjoy the tranquil beaches, behold the sight of mud splashed elephants in the wild; and live the romance of the extensive network of canals and lagoons that form Kerala Backwaters. Let your taste buds tingle with the magnanimous cuisine, dance to the rhythm of festivals and celebrations of the vivid culture because there’s no rushing, just romancing when you are holidaying in Kerala. The vastness and diversity of the landscape and life in Kerala is so huge, that you need to time everything perfectly; for which you need a comfortable Kerala tour package. Along with the aforementioned aspects, Kerala’s also home to various temples and churches. Its village life is the backbone of the state in Indian peninsula.The villages in the state are lush green with vegetation and the major tree is coconut. There are even small handicraft industries in the villages. The main foods of people here is fish and tapioca. Various healthy, luxurious delicacies of South India found in the heart of the state please the palate of the tourist. Some of the dishes include theeyal, meen moilee, malabar porotta, fish stew drowned in coconut milk, avial, appam, idiappam, Vellappam and Kallappam. Planning a holiday to kerala not only helps in blissful rejuvenation, but also, eventful exploration and adventure. It is not only a scenic wonder, but includes every bit that contributes to leisure and pleasure.