Kochi Backwaters

Backwaters in Kochi

Kochi Backwaters

Such is the beauty of Kochi Backwaters that it is referred to as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’. Kochi backwaters are actually a cluster of islands located in the expansive Vembanad Lake. Bolgatty, Vypeen, Gundu, and Vallarpadam are some of the lovely islands that you can see here. The lovely Vembanad Lake gracefully merges into the Arabian Sea, forming one of the most beautiful natural harbors in the world.

The formation of this natural harbor gives Kochi its distinct quality as a city which experiences the fusion of different cultures, explorers and traders. Influences from the Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and British are very evident here. The interesting quality about Kochi is that its traditional fabric has seamlessly integrated into other cultural elements such as the Jewish synagogue, the Dutch Palace, the Chinese Fishing Nets, European and Asian architectural remnants. The real delight of staying in this seaport lies in touring through its many ancient heritage spots.

The boat cruises of Cochin Backwaters take you on a tour through Willingdon Island, Mattancherry Palace, the Jewish Synagogue, Fort Kochi and Bolgatty Island. The Sunset cruise includes a three hour backwater cruise which takes you across Kerala’s beautiful coir villages and coconut plantations.

Reaching Backwaters in Kochi

You can reach Kochi easily by air, rail, road and waterways. The city is well connected to all important cities and towns in the country. You can visit all the tourist hotspots here by booking ferry boats or boat cruises through the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation

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