Explore The Magical Cochin Backwaters

Cochin, also known as Kochi, is a city located in the state of Kerala, India. It is a port city on the west coast of India and has a rich history of trade and commerce with the rest of the world. Cochin is known for its unique culture, architecture, and natural beauty and is a popular destination for tourists. Among the many attractions of Cochin, the backwaters are a must-visit for those who want to experience Kerala at its finest.

An Overview

The backwaters of Kochi are a network of interconnected canals, lagoons, and lakes that stretch over an area of 900 km along the coast of Kerala. These backwaters are fed by the Arabian Sea, and you can find a rich ecosystem of flora and fauna unique to this land. These backwaters are one of the largest wetland ecosystems in the world and are a source of livelihood for many communities in the region.

A tower with a clock next to a vembanad lake with coconut trees next to it
Fishes nets being pulled up with the sun setting in the background in the backwaters kochi

Vembanad Lake

One of the best ways to explore the backwaters is by taking a cruise on Vembanad Lake. Vembanad Lake is the largest lake in Kerala and is home to numerous wildlife, including birds, fish, and reptiles. Several types of cruises are available at Vembanad Lake ranging from small, traditional boats to luxury houseboats. These cruises are the best way to see the backwaters near Kochi.

Traditional Boats

The traditional boats are known as Kettuvallams, and these boats are made from locally sourced materials, such as bamboo and coconut fibre. Kettuvallams were originally used to transport goods and people along the backwaters of Kerala. Today, they have been converted into tourist boats and are a popular way to explore the Cochin backwaters.

A traditional boat at Vembanad Lake carrying travellers
A luxury boat in vembanad lake cruising

Luxury Boats

Luxury houseboats are another option for those who want to experience the backwaters in style. These houseboats are equipped with all modern amenities and provide a comfortable and luxurious way to explore the backwaters. These houseboats have bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, and even air conditioning.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the backwaters is from October to February when the weather is mild and pleasant. During this time, the backwaters are at their most beautiful, with clear blue skies, calm waters, and lush greenery. The temperatures during these months range from 23°C to 30°C, making it an ideal time to explore the backwaters.

A pristine view of the backwaters in Kerala with coconut trees on either side and house boarts on the lake
Water Hyacinths on a lake in full bloom

Flora in the Backwaters

Visitors to the backwaters of Kochi can expect to see a unique natural beauty that is characteristic of Kerala. The backwaters are home to many aquatic plants, including Water Lilies, Lotus, and Water Hyacinths. This water is also home to several species of fish, including the famous Karimeen or Pearl Spot Fish, a delicacy in Kerala.

Bird Watching

Bird watching is another popular activity in the backwaters of Kochi. The backwaters are home to over 150 species of birds, including migratory birds that travel from as far away as Siberia. Some of the most commonly spotted birds in the backwaters include Kingfishers, Egrets, Herons, and Cormorants.

A kingfisher perched on a branch
A traditional villager in Kerala riding a bicycle with houses in the background


Visitors can experience the unique culture and traditions of Kerala here at the backwaters, which are home to many small villages and communities. Visitors can interact with the locals and learn about their way of life. Many of the communities in the backwaters are involved in traditional industries, such as fishing and coir-making.

A visit to the backwaters of Kochi is a must for anyone to experience this natural beauty. Whether you want to explore the backwaters on a traditional boat or a luxury houseboat, you are sure to be enchanted by the beauty of this region. The Tower House - 17th Century can be the ideal stay for you as this heritage hotel will enchant you with its history. This heritage hotel offers luxurious accommodations and modern amenities to ensure that your sojourn is a memorable one.