Saturday, February 01, 2014

Discover the Most Fascinating Waterworld on Earth - The Great Backwaters of Kerala

I received an email from Kerala Tourism Board appreciating my blog post (cruising in PeriyarLake) and also to inform me about their latest campaign on Kerala Great Backwaters.  I was requested by them to update a post promoting their campaign on unique water stretching of Kerala and newly launched website (http://greatbackwaters.com/) in a fascinating route. I was truly impressed by their attitude on promoting their water tourism that includes 44 rivers, vast network of lakes, 1500kms of labyrinthine canals, snake boat races and over 300 species of birds and floating markets… showcasing the magnificence of Kerala backwaters.


Here are few pictures from their Arial marketing on backwaters and for me Kerala is still a green lagoon I am looking forward to explore more since I were only at boarder level. My desire to visit Munnar has been postponing for last two years for various reasons but my eager only grows every time I miss opportunity. The waterways are not always favor to me, because moving into a boat in wheelchair is not easy task and I wish they make disable friendly everywhere so that I can also enjoy staying in one of the boat houses floating in backwaters.


I have visited only couple of places in Kerala bordering with Tamil Nadu; Thekkady and Athirapallai are two natural wonders of lake and waterfalls surrounded by wild flora and fauna. Taking a cruse in Periyar Lake, Thekkady, is exciting one with fascinating sights of wildlife and amusing passing through bare tree trunks, sometime perched by bird of prey.



Athirapalli is a beautiful place of height waterfalls on the Chalakudy River flowing westwards on the Western Ghats mountains…. The 80 feet waterfall is also called the Niagara of India and Punnagai Mannan Falls hence the popular suicide scene of the film was shot here. I always wish to visit it again and for me personally more than the waterfalls the way to it was most favorite route, since it passes through Sholayar Rainforest while coming from Valparai.

Photo Credit : Kerala Tourism Department 
For more detail on visiting the God's own country, pls go here checking their state tourism website!

17 comments:

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Sounds like I may have to add The Great Backwaters of Kerala to my Bucket List :)

TexWisGirl said...

it looks and sounds marvelous. i with they would make them disabled-friendly so you could tour by boat!

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

This looks like a beautiful place to visit. I hope you're able to go soon, and that they will be able to accommodate your wheelchair so that you can go on the boat.

Karyn said...

I am stunned at the beauty of this countryside and see why it will make a wonderful tourist destination. If I ever win a lottery and can go there, I hope that you too will be floating with me and I will say,
"You wouldn't happent to be the Jeevan who blogs at Jeevan's World on blogger would you?" And we would laugh and have so much fun watching the sights. Thanks for the dreams of things I might do in the few years I have left.

deeps said...

the next time you come down here, do let me know :)

ashok said...

Iam lucky to visit Kerala for my work often :)

Destination Infinity said...

It's good to see a state tourism department so proactive and promote their state as a tourist attraction. I've been to Trivandrum, Cochin, Calicut and a few more places, but mostly on work. Should plan a trip just for tourism/enjoyment :)

Destination Infinity

George said...

This does look like a wonderful place to visit. I hope you will be able to get there soon and that you will find all that is needed to accommodate your wheelchair.

Aditi said...

Firstly many congrats that your post got recognized by ktdc! N I hope that they soon make the experience of backwaters gods for disabled... Much needed! Why don't you write them back and suggest this?

Chai a Cup of Life said...

Ever since moving to India, Kerala has always been on my 'to do' list. I got as far as Goa and really wanted to take the extra trip to Kerala, but looks like we have to take a separate trip. Looks beautiful and quite unique there. Nice to find your blog take care

Renu said...

I have seen Munnar but added Thekkady to my list now:)

Krishna/കൃഷ്ണ said...

Your post giving joyful to me being a keralite

congrats

thanks

Sandhya said...

I have visited some places in Kerala but not Thekkady. Will add this place to my list now!

Rahul Bhatia said...

A lovely post, Jeevan! I was there last month and it is a paradise indeed:)

ladyfi said...

I've heard Kerala is beautiful!

Pattu Raj said...

Congrats Jeevan, for being noticed by Kerala Tourism , and getting Email from them. I am so glad they appreciated your blog.

Akanksha Jain said...

A small paradise on earth