A chain of brackish lagoons and canals linking five large lakes, Kerala Backwaters is a maze of water bodies stretching over 900 kilometers. One of the most important aspect of tourism in Kerala, the backwaters were used traditionally as waterways to ferry rice and spices from one places to another in kettuvallams or the traditional rice barges which now forms the major tourist attraction and ferry tourists and visitors from one destination to another.
Kerala's backwaters are the most popular tourist attraction of Kerala which enhance the Kerala Tourism to a large scale. Backwater tourism is centred mostly on Alappuzha, Kollam and Kumarakom. Boat races held during festival seasons are also a major tourist attraction which is also a great promoter of Kerala tourism.
Kerala tourism is rich with mirror still lagoons, picture book lakesides, palm fringed canals, shores bustling with glimpses from day to day life in the country side. Throughout the world, Kerala beaches are renowned for their breathtaking beauty. The backwaters have turned out to be a boon for the tourism industry, offering heavenly houseboat cruises to the visitors, reaping significant revenue to the Kerala tourism.