Cruising through the canals and lakes of Kerala in a country made house boat is a must recommended and the best way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters.
Aleppy also called Alappuzha is the best destination to experience a house boat cruise and explore the backewaters. It is flanked by the Arabian sea on the west and the Vembanad lake on the east, with unending stretches of coconut groves, sea and backwaters.
Many unique species of aquatic life including crabs, frogs and mudskippers, water birds such as terns, kingfishers, darters and cormorants, and animals such as otters and turtles live in and alongside the backwaters. Palm trees, pandanus shrubs, various leafy plants and bushes grow alongside the backwaters, providing a green hue to the surrounding landscape.
Lake Vembanad is the largest of the lakes, covering an area of 200 km², and bordered by Alappuzha (Alleppey), Kottayam, and Ernakulam districts. The port of Kochi (Cochin) is located at the lake's outlet to the Arabian Sea. Alleppey, "Venice of the East", has a large network of canals that meander through the town. Vembanad is India’s longest lake.
The houseboats in the backwaters are one of the prominent tourist attractions in Kerala. More than 2000 houseboats ply the backwaters, most of them in Aleppy and Kumarakom.