Placed in the southern-most district of Kerala, Trivandrum equally shares Kerala’s fame for offering lovely backwater experiences. This capital city of Kerala is slightly away from the main backwater network of Kerala but it surely is worth-visiting because of its enchanting scenery. Unlike Lake Vembanad, the backwaters of Trivandrum is not a single water body but comprises of a number of water bodies that are sprinkled at several locations, offering a different experience to the tourists. As the lagoons and crystal clear lakes lie just outside the city, Thiruvananthapuram backwater tours can be smoothly coupled with sightseeing.
The historically and culturally rich Trivandrum backwater stretches include Veli, Akkulam, Thiruvallam, Kappil and more region that are going to provide you memorable views. Just go aboard a Ketuvallam (houseboat) and get all set for a tranquil experience.
Major Stretches of Trivandrum Backwaters:
Around 6 from Trivandrum, Thiruvallam lies en-route the extremely well-known Kovalam. Thiruvallam becomes the confluence of two rivers, Karamana and Killi. On the meeting point stands a temple that is dedicated to Warrior sage Parshuram. If you are short of time in hand, this short day-trip is just the perfect option for you. This backwater stretch is also popular for canoe rides. You can also explore the Pozhikkara Beach, a site where Parvathy Puthanar River and Karamana River merge into the Arabian Sea.
Just 8 km away from Thiruvananthapuram, the Veli lagoon, is segregated by a narrow sand bar from the Arabian Sea. This backwater stretch has the popular Veli Tourist Village that consists of a waterfront part and offers facilities to the tourists to partake in water sports. Backwater tour from Trivandrum to Veli is a day’s affair and receives local visitors as well.
Around 10 km from Trivandrum, Akkulam is a tourist village that offers ample opportunities to the tourists to enjoy boat rides. It has a swimming pool and a children’s park. It is quite popular amidst the locals too.
Kappil Beach and Backwaters
Located at a distance of 53 km from Trivandrum and 8 km northwards of Varkala, Kappil beach and backwaters is the merging point of river, backwater and the sea. Offering seclusion and serenity, this place is a must- visit. Enjoy boating at the Priyadarshini boat club.
Attractions of Thiruvananthapuram Backwaters
An important destination southwards of Kovalama, Poovar is a fishing village that is placed near the mouth of River Neyyar, known as Poovar Puzha here. Have a peaceful experience here, away from touristy hustle-bustle, while you close to the three water bodies- the backwater, the river and the sea.
Padmanabhaswamy Temple:Trivandrum’s most remarkable landmark, Padmanabhaswamy temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu shown resting on snake Anantha here. This 7-story structure has numerous pillars, delicate carvings and beautiful murals.
Along with Lake Sasthamkotta in Kollam, Vellayani Lake is one of Kerala’s two largest freshwater lakes. Divided by a road, this lake in an area of 7.5 square km is a prime attraction here. You can ride a country boat and enjoy cruising on its placid waters. During Onam festivities, the lake is visited by locals as well as tourists in huge numbers.
Sanghumugham Beach: If you love enjoying sunset views on the beach, Sanghumugha beach is just ideal for you. A 35 m huge mermaid’s figurine, Matsya Kanyaka would amaze you. It is quite close to Veli tourist village and offer recreational activities.
Neyyar Dam: Placed on the banks of River Karamana, this dam is a popular picnic spot that boasts of a deer park, a crocodile farm, a watchtower and a lion safari park. More information on Neyyar Dam