Kerala backwaters

Kerala Backwaters-A complete Photographic world

Kerala – one of the most beautiful states in India is nestle alongside the Arabian Sea. It is said truly that if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of metropolis life then Kerala is the most admired tourist destination in India. Furthermore it is the world of enchanting backwaters, mesmerizing waterfalls and wildlife sanctuaries and lakes.

Kerala is blessed with the charm of tropical Periyar Lake, tea and spice estates, jeep safaris and kathakali-martial art culture. If the cuddling palm beauty and tropical environment of Arabian Sea lies in the finest beach of Kerala, then the clam and lush green Kerala backwaters will keep you captivated.

Through the photographic journey to the mesmerizing Kerala Backwaters, you will be overwhelm and you will soon experience this place.

Kerala backwaters – Alappuzha (Alleppey)

Backwaters are the networks of lagoons, rivers, canal and many such sources. Probably these Backwaters covers maximum region of Kerala make its surrounding tranquil and serene.

So finally, I had planned one of the most beautiful backwater – Alappuzha or Alleppey. Alleppey is also known as ‘Venice of east’ and is sixth largest city of Kerala.

Backwater of Alappuzha welcomes you

Venice of East

It was the time of early 20th century, under the Viceroy of Indian Empire, Lord Curzon visit this backwater. By seeing the beauty and richness of this place, he named it as ‘Venice of East’. Like the Venice of Italy has numerous backwaters, Alappuzha also has the same.

Cruising the backwater of Alleppey on a houseboat is always a wonderful relaxation.

One of the best experiences that you can have in Alleppey is by exploring its backwater on houseboat. The panorama of lush green floating plants, rice fields, towering coconut trees, and unveiled reflection of surrounding on shadowy water is a delight.

By 6:00 PM, my houseboat was parked near the rice field. I spent time roaming around the rice field, watching sun-set and sun-rise (in morning). Dinner is completely a delicious South Indian cuisine.

Let me tell you, sleeping on houseboat is like riding on a swing or floating in dreams.

Coconut water welcomes you at Alleppey houseboat
Staying on floating Houseboat in Alleppey
A perfect scene to click pictures at Kerala
Endowing natural beauty at Alleppey
Watching the birds at Alleppey backwaters
Local Boat racers doing practice or rowing their way
Trying my hands on Houseboat
Captured Magnificent sunrise very early at 5:15 AM

Poovar lake (Backwater)

Since one of the main attraction of Kerala is Backwater – whether it is a city like Cochin or Alleppey or village like Poovar or Kottayam. There is so much to offer in Kerala.

Poovar a small coastal village situated near Kovalam is a village which probably has everything that unfolds the charm of God’s own country. Poovar is not so much known by tourists so it is rare and less crowded. I was lucky to be there during my 2 days stay at Kovalam. So I Backpack myself with my parents to visit Poovar. We had chosen the sunset time to visit this place i.e. at 5:00 PM.

Enchanting Backwaters
View of Poovar lake from my Boat…..

Buzz about rare Poovar backwaters:

History suggests that Poovar has been a royal place; King Ettuveetil Pillamar had proclaimed Raja Marthanda Varma in 18th century and his other sons had fought war against Marthanda. With the help of merchant Marthanda landed in Poovar waters. In Poovar, he found red flowers floating on Neyyar river. As a result, he named it as POOVAR meaning stream of beautiful flowers.

Furthermore, Poovar is famous for its blue-green backwater and mangroves, pristine golden sandy beach, and wonderful estuary, a long stretch of coconut trees and floating cottages and restaurants. Poovar is known for its estuary where Neyyar river, Poovar lake, sandy beach and Sea converges.

Estuary where Sea, Neyyar river, Poovar lake and golden beach meets

In addition to that, the best thing is photography, so carry your camera and binoculars and experience the best sunset. Through the series of photographs I will probably make you to backpack yourself to visit Poovar.

Elephant statue near golden sand beach
Long stretch Coconut Trees along the Neyyar river
Wonderful combination of Poovar Beach sand and sea
Close view of golden sand, Arabian sea and black clouds
Quite difficult to find such a shot of sun-set
I love it
My best ever closest sunset photography! I love it!
Statue of Mother Merry near the Poover lake on returning back
A Perfect Night shot of the bird after a long wait

This is probably the best happiness one can had! Finding an unexploited and unexplored village or backwater is quite difficult to find now-a-days. In Addition to that, it was  a complete 12 km boating experience with such a magnificent wonder. Simply amazing!!!

Have you been to Kerala?? Consequently tell me some more amazing thing that you find there?

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12 comments

  1. Jeenu Pillai

    Absolutely amazing post. I take pride in the fact that I am from Kerala and you my friend have done a complete justice here.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Ohhh!! Seriously. Now I’m feeling fantastic. I hope I’ve covered most of it.

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  2. Ravi

    I agree, being in India one should definitely visit Kerala. It’s much greener and beautiful as the pictures convey..

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks Ravi!! Truly evergreen state!!

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  3. The Belly Rules The Mind

    I have some really good memories our my Kerala Trip. The houseboat experience was really good. I am waiting for my son t grow a little older and take him there too.

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    1. prateekgoel

      haha sure sure! Kerala trip with complete family is worth visiting!! Hope you like it!! Haan houseboats are too good.

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  4. Karan

    Keralaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!! The pictures provoke me to visit the state.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Ofcourse! One of my favorite travel destination.

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  5. Varun Jha

    Nice click.it touched my heart ..

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks a lot Varun Jha!

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  6. Prassun Goel

    it is often said that “when you leave a beautiful place,you carry it with you wherever you go”, and your amazing pics remind me of the same. just by seeing these beautiful pics i got lost in the memories when i first visited there. Amazing photography and kerela

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    1. prateekgoel

      Oh That’s great! Love to hear that these photographs reminds you of your travel memoirs! Thanks a lot Prassun Goel.

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