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Kerala Backwaters

The highlight of any trip to Kerala is to take a boat trip along the vast network of waterways that extend over 900kms along the coast, parallel to the Arabian Sea. In our opinion the best way to explore the backwaters is to travel by Kettuvallam – a traditional rice barge which would have originally been used to transport produce around the Kuttanad backwater region of southern Kerala. These days many of the rice barges have been luxuriously converted into houseboats with air-conditioned bedrooms, comfortable observation decks and some even have a Jacuzzi! The backwaters provide the perfect backdrop to take a relaxing journey and observe the local people as they go about their daily chores of washing clothes, fishing, paddling canoes and looking after their farms.

Kerala Backwaters Hotels

$$$ Philip Kutty's Farm Kerala Backwaters

Character Boutique

Set on a private island in the heart of the backwaters, Philip Kutty’s is a wonderful homestay experience that combines charm and character with excellent, personalised service. The property is set...

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