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Cruising the Beckoning Backwaters of Kerala

The criss-crossed green waters, the coconut fringed banks, the leisurely pace of life, and the mouth watering local foods are many of the tempting attractions that await visitors to Kerala. Winding inland lakes networked by canals, and a journey in these tranquil stretches of waters on a rustic houseboat or ketuvallom is an experience that is unique to Kerala. The arresting boats, about 15 to 20 feet long, are made of wooden planks tied together by coconut fibre ropes. Alappuzha (Alleppey), Kumarakom, Kochi, and Ashtamudi are the famous backwater destinations of the state. A visit to the backwaters is a must for all tourists who wish to experience the beauty of what Kerala has to offer.