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Prisitne locales where nature is your constant campanion, backwaters are ideal places to de stress and rejuvinate. HolidayIQ reviewers pick the best for you to visit. 

1. Alappuzha (Alleppey)

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Beach | Houseboat | Lake | Nature

HolidayIQ Reviewer Kence Georgey shares, “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. ” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Atin Mukherjee shares, “The Venice of the East is really resembled with the water kingdom of Venice. The added flavour is the chance to visit some Indian traditional villages and their people in the journey. I was mesmerized with the soothing natural beauty of the backwater lake and the friendliness of the local habitats. You can also hire a houseboat that moves in the lake.” 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. Lake Vembanad stretches for miles and is a very peaceful sight to see sometimes with small canoes rowed by lone fishermen who look like specks on the surface of the water. ...This is the place for a very relaxing holiday if vast waters and greenery calm you down. And for being picturesque village in Kerala, it boasts of even a broadband Internet shop. It is quite the mix of an idyllic spot with a few urban amenities.” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Priyam Goyal says, “Vembanad Lake a bird watcher's paradise...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.” Read Full Review

3. Poovar

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Vijay Ramamoorthy adds, “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

4. Kollam (Quilon)

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Lake | Beach | Sea | Backwater

HolidayIQ Reviewer Pandiyaraj P adds, “Peaceful, clean air, good attending...Kollam is a nice place with greenary and they keep modern as well as village life.... I had peaceful place global backwater resort. Hospitality was nice. ...Sea backwater view was very pleasant to watch. ” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Jaison Netto says, “This backwaters looks very beautiful especially in rainy season and coconut trees on its shores add lot of beauty to the whole place itself. A boat ride through this backwaters would be a chilling memory of all time. You will get lot of tasty food on the resorts on these places and it would be worth to taste them....Ashtamudi Lake is the gateway to the backwaters. ” Read Full Review

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5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

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9. 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 itsbackwaters. 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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