Kumarakom: This is one of the ideal spots to begin backwater cruise in the palm fringed and picture perfect backwaters of Kerala. The backwaters refer to the large inland lakes. Today these backwaters act as vital water ways for the transport of goods, people and produce. They are often the only link between remote and isolated villages. It's an experience to float on these soothing waters in a country craft that offers a close look into an engaging rustic life.
The houseboats are furnished with a living room, a bedroom and bath and private deck.
Allepey: Besides its network of canals, it has a large bird sanctuary is situated on the eastern banks of the Vembanad Lake. The sanctuary adds to the natural beauty. Birds like Siberian Storks migrate here every year. The sanctuary is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Alleppey hosts the world famous Snake Boat Races, a water regatta unique to Kerala, in August and September each year.
Cochin: Cochin is the oldest European settlement in India. Layered impressions - Chinese, Arab, Jewish, British, French and Portuguese, are contained within its environment.
Giant Chinese fishing nets that billow from massive teak and bamboo poles dot the entrance to the harbour. Silhouetted against the setting sun, they present a magnificent sight at the waterfront.
A narrow, palm-fringed island, easily accessible from the mainland is where the Bolghatty Palace is situated. The palace was built by the Dutch in 1744. Later, it became the seat of the British Resident of Cochin and today this has been converted into a hotel.