Backwaters of Kerala Vembanad Lake

  • By Navtej Singh
  • February 21, 2024
  • A brief write up and pictures of Vembanad Lake i.e. backwaters of Kerala.

The backwaters of Vembanad Lake (part of Kumarakom) in Kerala, India, offer a serene and picturesque landscape that captivates visitors with its tranquility and natural beauty.


Vembanad, the longest lake in India, is adorned with a network of interconnected canals, rivers, and lagoons, creating a unique ecosystem that supports a diverse array of flora and fauna.

Traditional boat known as kettuvalams. 

The scenic beauty of Vembanad's backwaters is characterized by the presence of traditional houseboats, known as "kettuvallams," gently gliding on the calm waters. These houseboats offer a leisurely and enchanting way to explore the pristine surroundings, showcasing the verdant landscapes, coconut groves, and quaint villages that line the water's edge.

Tourists boating.

Vembanad Lake's backwaters also play a vital role in the livelihood of the local communities, supporting traditional fishing activities and agriculture along its banks. The lush greenery, migratory birds, and the rhythmic flow of the backwaters create an idyllic setting, making Vembanad Lake a popular destination for tourists seeking a peaceful retreat in the lap of nature.

Aerial view of resort. 

Gazing upon the backwaters of Alleppey and Vembanad from the air unveils a breathtaking spectacle that showcases the harmonious blend of greenery and waterways in Kerala’s landscape. The network of brackish lagoons and lakes, nestled parallel to the Arabian Sea coast, forms an intricate pattern visible from above. The Chinese fishing nets dotting the water’s surface, framed by swaying coconut palms and lush greenery, create a picturesque mosaic.


The intricate web of interconnected canals, rivers, and inlets stretches over 900 kilometers, forming a self-supporting ecosystem that is unique to this region. As the aerial view unfolds, the vibrant scenes of Kerala’s backwaters come to life, offering a glimpse of the serene charm that has made these waterways the most sought-after tourist destinations globally.


From above, one can witness the timeless allure of fishing boats gliding through the calm waters, adding a touch of authenticity to the tranquil setting. The lush greenery of coconut palms and other tropical vegetation fringing the water’s edge completes the picturesque panorama, creating an idyllic scene that is both serene and captivating.


Exploring the backwaters through a leisurely cruise is an once-in-a-lifetime experience for every tourist visiting India. The aerial perspective offers a unique appreciation for the interconnected waterways, accentuating the natural beauty, cultural richness, and the perfect harmony between greenery and water that define Kerala’s backwaters as a world-renowned destination. 


Navtej Singh is a Defence Photographer, Photographer, Traveller and Storyteller.


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Editors Notes

How to reach 

The lake flows through lots of areas & has different names in different places. It is called Kochi Lake in Kochi, Vembanadu Lake in Alappuzha and Punnamada Lake in Kuttanad. Fly into Cochin or train to Ernakulam. Information

Pic by P K Narayanan not Navtej. Different type of boat. 

Inside boat. Pic by P K Narayanan not Navtej.


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