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The backwaters of Malabar

The backwaters of Kerala give umpteen experiences to travellers from all parts of the world. The northern part of Kerala called the Malabar region has some of the wonderful backwater stretches of Kerala.

Kasaragod, northernmost state, is one of the popular backwater destinations in the Malabar region. Valiyaparamba and Chandragiri are the two major backwater stretches in Kasaragod. A journey in a houseboat down these amazing waterways dotted with palm and coconut trees, lush green paddy fields and ancient monuments will refresh you with the spirit of enticing beauty and awe-inspiring history. The most scenic backwater stretch in Kerala the Valiyaparamba backwater, fed by four rivers, is fast turning into a much-favoured backwater destination in the state. Another beautiful backwater stretch in Kasaragod is Kottappuram where one can enjoy houseboat cruise, angling, or a relaxing stroll alongside the vast backwater stretches.

Gifted with splendid and soothing rivers, Kannur offers a different spectacle with the coastal villages and the villages that stretch alongside these waterways. Most of the rivers in Kannur are navigable. Valapattanam River which originates from Western Ghats is the longest river in the district. Anjarakandy, Kuppam, Mahe and Thalassery are the other rivers.

Kavvayi, the largest backwater stretch in North Kerala and the third largest in Kerala, stretches from Kavvayi near Payyannur in Kannur district to Neeleshwar in the nearby Kasargod district. It is named after the Kavvayi Island near Payyannur. In the past the island used to be a major port and a major administrative center.

Coming further down to Malappuram we have the beautiful Biyyam Lake, a green fringed waterway situated near Ponnani. Biyyam Lake is also renowned for the boat race held on its extensive stretch of water during Onam.
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