Kumarakom near the Kottayam in southern part of Kerala is a popular backwater tourism destination.
The sprawling Vembanad Lake is the largest lake in Kerala.
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.
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.