The highlight of Kappil is the estuary meets the Arabian Sea. A thin ling sandy bund , locally called the Kappil Pozhi, separates the sea from the backwaters. You can walk on the sandy beach right along the palm fringed backwater shore.
So where is Kappil?
This village surrounded by backwaters and sea marks the border between Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts.(There is another beach with the same name near Bekal, some 500 km north )
Kappil is about 8km north of Varkala, a much popular tourism and pilgrimage destination.
North of Kappil is Nadayara Backwaters, east the Nellathil Backwaters and west lies the Arabian Sea.
The easiest way to reach Kappil is to drive from Varkala to Kappil along the coastal road to Paravur and Kollam. There are local bus services from Varkala on this route.
Kappil also has a railway station. Passenger trains between Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram stop at Kappil. If you are traveling from Varkala, this is the second stop (after Edava).
The view from the bridge across the backwaters is panoramic. Right beneath the bridge is the boating point operated by the district tourism promotion council.
In Kappil village, you can also visit the ancient traditional Bhagavathi Temple and the Shiva temple south of it.
If you are planning to stay at Varkala, include Kappil in your itinerary as short excursion destination.
Ashtamudi literally means , eight branches, depicting the complex topography of this sprawling backwaters.
Boasted as the longest backwater cruise in Kerala, the Kollam to Alappuzha (Quilon to Alleppey) boat ride is an 8 hours affair. The route practically connects the two towns.
The pomp and fanfare apart, touring backwaters of Kerala in houseboat is an expensive affair. The rates are usually steep, running into a couple of thousand rupees per night, even during the off season.
Estuaries, lagoons, lakes and a network of interconnecting canals make the bulk of its backwater tourism. Kerala has plenty of backwater tourism hotspots, however some backwater destinations are immensely popular.