|Kerala's amazing backwaters have earned it the title "God's Own Country". The blue lagoons, and the picturesque lakes are like something out of a dream. The coconut trees, with their swaying leaves, dot this idyllic landscape, and the white beaches provide hours and hours of fun and frolic to the outdoors person.
The backwaters of Kerala, with the small round Keralite boats floating through them, are an ideal destination for those who wish to take a break from a hectic routine and head to the peace of natural surroundings. The backwaters of Kottayam, Alleppey, Kumarakom, and Thottapally are renowned for their idyllic charms, where you can take it slow and easy. The lovely inland lagoons of the Kottayam-Alleppey stretch are a dream come true, as you take a leisurely cruise through the coconut grove lined stretches and click pictures. The peaceful riverside hamlets, where fishermen hang their nets out to dry, or the Kettuvalam boats on the waters, make you feel at peace. Anglers can try their hand at fishing, and on your request, you can even have the catch cooked on board your boat or yacht.
Kottayam is also famous for its picturesque Vembanad Lake, to which it is connected through a canal. The network of canals and lakes makes it ideal for a backwater cruise. The backwaters of Kerala are also well showcased by the picturesque Punnamada Lake of Alleppey. The lake is the site of the annual Nehru Trophy Snake Boat race, held on the day of Onam. The old churches and the ancient Chavara Bhawan are the major attractions of this backwater town. Thottapally is another backwater town very popular on the cruise circuit. Close to Alleppey, this town has a 1000-year-old granite statue of the Lord Buddha, testifying to the multitude of beliefs and faiths that have peacefully co-existed in the backwaters of Kerala.
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