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Around 37 miles from the Western Ghats, the coastline is divided up into a succession of lagoons, bordered by palm trees and linked by backwater. The backwaters are Kerala's most famous natural feature and make for picture-perfect waterscapes views.

Lake Vembanad is the state's largest lake. Stretching across a distance of almost 60 miles, it is dotted with coconut lagoons and marshy paddy fields. The village of Kumarak, 16 miles from Kottyam is home to a cluster of islands linked by narrow canals and home to an impressive bird sanctuary. The entire water network at Vembanad comes to life during Onam (harvest festival) with a vibrant water regatta and other celebrations.

Alappuzha (commonly known as Alleppey) is another of the backwaters' highlights. An intricate canal network, dotted with picturesque, waterside villages, and like the rest of Kerala, thousands of coconut trees. The Alleppey Boat Race, held every year on the second Saturday in August is a colourful display of Keralan culture and its famous snakeboat races - when elaborately decorated rowing boats measuring up to 30m long compete for the annual prize. Houseboats of all shapes and sizes are also available for hire across Lake Vembanad and throughout the year.

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    The Kerala Backwaters

    This network of waterways and marshes that sometimes disappear deep inland provide the perfect opportunity to discover some magnificent scenery.

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