The exotic beaches and backwaters of Kerala are beckoning you… beaches in Kerala are characterized by long stretches of golden sand, clear skies, and rows upon rows of swaying palm trees. Kerala is known for its lush coconut groves, balmy weather, pallid backwaters and splendid beaches. Beaches in the Indian state of Kerala are spread along the 550-km Arabian Sea coastline. The long coastline of Kerala is inextricably entwined with the culture, life and traditions of the state. Memories of early seafarers and traders have faded, but boats of various types and styles have survived. Kerala's beaches, or Kovalam to be more specific, were rediscovered by back-packers and tan-seekers in the sixties. Hordes of hippies followed in the seventies. That started the transformation of the casual fishing village into a busy tourist destination. The fun of sea and sun bathing or watching the wave crash are not the only attractions of beaches. There is a belief that a dip in waters of Papanasam Beach at Varkala, 45 km north of Thiruvanthapuram, washes away sins. The Kerala backwaters are a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast (known as the Malabar Coast) of Kerala state in southern India. The network includes five large lakes linked by canals, both manmade and natural, fed by 38 rivers, and extending virtually half the length of Kerala state. The backwaters were formed by the action of waves and shore currents creating low barrier islands across the mouths of the many rivers flowing down from the Western Ghats range. The backwaters have a unique ecosystem - freshwater from the rivers meets the seawater from the Arabian Sea.
Points To Be Noted:
- Best time for the trip: August to March
- Approximate package cost: 1700 USD