Kerala Backwaters, Kerala Houseboats
Trivandrum Backwaters?? Yes, the district has its own network backwaters and waterbodies, though not as vast and extensive as those you find at popular destinations like Alappuzha, Kumarakom and Kollam.
Trivandrum is situated in the southern most district of the state, away from the main backwaters in Kerala. Kerala's capital yet offers a chance to see a bit of the famed Kerala backwaters.
Trivandrum backwaters are not a single water body like Vembanad Lake. They are comparatively small backwater bodies spread around different locations in Trivandrum. Major Trivandrum backwaters are as follows.
10 km from the city a leisure destination, this tourist village is replete with boating facilities, a well-equipped children's park and a swimming pool. Both Veli and Akkulam are popular with local visitors including families.
The Veli lagoon, 8 km from Trivandrum, is separated from Arabian Sea by a narrow sand bar. It is home to the Veli Tourist Village, which has its own facilities for water sports on the Veli lagoon as well as a waterfront park of its own. The Kerala houseboats cruise between Trivandrum Veli is, like the one to Thiruvallam, a day trip.
Thiruvallam lies about 6 km from Trivandrum on the way to immensely popular Kovalam. Two rivers, the Killi and Karamana, meet at Thiruvallam, which is marked by a temple to the warrior sage Parasurama. This is a short day-trip and highly popular with visitors who have insufficient time to explore the backwaters fully. Thiruvallam is also famous for its canoe rides.
For a meal you can try out Family Restaurant nearby. Pozhikkara Beach is unique spot close to Thiruvallam where the Karamana and Parvathy Puthanar rivers join the Arabian Sea.
This is one of two large freshwater Lakes in Kerala, the other being the one in Sasthamkotta in Kollam district. The 7.5 sq km water body, bifurcated by a road, is a must-see. As yet untouched, its beautiful calm waters are a sight to behold especially on moonlit nights. You can get here by country boat from Kovalam.
During Onam, the boat race at Vellayani draws huge crowds. Nearby is the government agricultural college set on 300 acres. Its main building was once the summer palace of the Travancore royal family.
The local community and the students call a part of the lakeside Kochu Kovalam (a tiny Kovalam). Location of the lake is 7 km from Kovalam via Poonkulam Junction.
Poovar is a major destination south of Kovalam. This fishing village is close to the mouth of the Neyyar river, called the Poovar Puzha here. This beautiful and exclusive spot offers the unique experience of being close to sea, the river and the backwaters, and offer a quieter holiday than Kovalam.
Kappil Beach and Backwaters
53 km from the city and 8 km north of Varkala a confluence of the sea, river and the backwaters, this secluded picturesque spot is worth the visit. The Priyadarshini boat club here offers boating facilities and Kerala house boat vacation.