The Backwaters of Kerala are meandering inland lakes, networked by canals, stretching for over 1900km. The area is characterised by palm fringed river banks, vast paddy fields and traditional local villages. Kollam (Quilon), Alappuzha (Alleppey), Kottayam & Kumarakom are the principal backwater towns of Kerala.
The ultimate way to enjoy the backwaters is to stay for a night or two on a houseboat or kettuvellam. However for those who would prefer to stay on dry land or would like to combine a houseboat with a resort, there are a number of options in the area.

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