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8 Backwater Getaways That Personify Paradise

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HolidayIQ Travellers list 8 great backwater destinations to relax and refresh the mind and body. You will never want to leave! 

1. Alappuzha (Alleppey)

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Houseboat | Backwater | Sunset | Nature

HolidayIQ Reviewer Venkatapathi Tudur says, “We choose to visit Kerala especially the Vembanad Lake during our recent South trip. We booked a house boat for a day. It costed us about Rs 8500 per day. ...We did not find the need for any other activities as the tranquil waters, beautiful houseboats, local people on the islands, birds, sunset and sunrise, chatting captain and the silent cook all kept us mesmerized.” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Kence Georgey says, “Houseboat Cruise in Kerala backwaters.... The backwaters of Kerala is unique and is found nowhere else in the world. backwaters are a network of lakes, canals and estuaries and deltas of forty-four rivers that drain into the Arabian Sea. The backwaters of Kerala are a self supporting eco-system teeming with life. The canals connect the villages together and are still used for local transport.” Read Full Review

2. Kumarakom

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Supriya Subramanian adds, “The backwater haven Lush green trees and the canal like backwater on both sides of the road – and you have arrived in the beautiful Kumarakom. ” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Priyam Goyal shares, “We took a 3 hours boat ride across the backwaters of Kumarakom and the Vembanad Lake. The Vembanad Lake is a perfect place for bird watchers. We spotted many birds including the Snakehead Darter, Kingfishers, Black Drongos, Woodpecker, Flycatchers, Siberian Crane and Herons. If you are lucky and patient enough you might witness the snakehead at its hunt! Do time your boat ride so that you witness the sunset. Watching the sunset on this lake is a truly amazing experience, watching the sky change from blue to orange to pink and them deep blue. Do request your boatman to pluck fresh mangoes off the trees for you. We also requested to have tender coconut and he complied! Since it is a very long boat ride, do carry water and snacks. ” Read Full Review

3. Kochi (Cochin)

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History | Fish | Synagogue | Nature

HolidayIQ Reviewer Jaison Netto shares, “A nature walk on the shores of backwaters It's one of the best places in Kochi to spend evenings. It is built facing the backwaters, and is a popular hangout in Kochi. Government is adding funds to make this place beautiful and it is getting better day by day. Marine Drive is stretchered through the shores of the backwaters and different areas have its own attractions. ” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Ajo Koshy Joseph adds, “ A nice place at the heart of Cochin, you can sit calmly and see the beauty of Kerala backwaters feeling the gentle breeze from the lake. It is surrounded with a lot of big and small shopping spots and nice food joints, have a walk through the drive feeling the heartbeat of the Queen of Arabian Sea (Cochin).” Read Full Review

4. Tarkarli

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Dolphin | Village | Adventure | Boat Ride

HolidayIQ Reviewer Hemant Sant adds, “ into the Western Indian Sea, Arabian as most call it. Turn left to see the houseboat or fisherman's canoe floating on the Dark black Water coloured river due to dense green vegetation on its both banks. Turn right to open your eyes wide to expanse of the Sea. Then drive to Devbagh Beach” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Rohitash Rajpal adds, “Tarkarli is worth visiting. One of the few places where the sea and backwaters are separated by a strip of land that is 30 meters wide at places.” Read Full Review

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5. Poovar

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Vijay Ramamoorthy says, “By the water, on the beach One of the most unique destinations, which offers beach on one side and backwaters on the other(in fact most of the resorts are bang ON the backwaters) !!” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Govindan Naganathan shares, “Poovar is about 45 minutes drive from Kovalam and this is a must see place. One can hire boats for a trip in the backwaters. We paid Rs.1600/- for a one and a half hour ride in the backwaters. The boat goes through densely wooded areas and ride is truly exhilarating. Many colourful birds can be seen during the ride and it is a photographer's delight. ” Read Full Review

6. Cuddalore

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HolidayIQ Reviewer PRITVI KANCHI says, “ The Pichavaram backwaters are set in the backdrop of approximately 14000 acres of forest and backwaters. One can spot a lot of flora and fauna in this majestic tourist place. Bird-watchers can view lot of magnificent birds like herons and pelicans. This tourism hot-spot of Tamil Nadu is accessible throughout the year from almost all major cities of South India.” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Saranya Devanathan shares, “It withstood the tsunami, locals say. The view of backwaters from the fort is nature at its best. There is furniture in few rooms. If you get down the steps, you find cave like secret pathways to hide or go to other towns. ” Read Full Review

7. Kabini

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Girish Patil adds, “The breathtaking locale on the banks of the tranquil backwaters of river Kabini presents an ideal setting for a long-awaited deviation from the busy city life. It is a perfect place to unwind and refresh your senses, further to induce some serious matter into all....Located in southern fringes of the Nagarhole National Park, Kabini River banks - is a perfect getaway for nature and wildlife lovers alike. ” Read Full Review

8. Kasargod

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HolidayIQ Reviewer manoj c v shares, “Bekal is one of the nice weekend getaway in kerala. The fort is surrounded by the beach which makes it Very picturistic. it is around 60kms from Mangalore. There is also backwaters and houseboats 25 kms from Bekal.” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Gopinath Mr says, “Serene backwaters Valiyaparambh is about 20 minutes drive from Nileshwar railway station. Its an unexplored place for its backwaters. A drive to this place you can explore backwaters, edayilkkad island, estuary (river mouth), beach. Though there are no organise tourist activities you can explore via a drive through these places.” Read Full Review

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