The brackish waters of the Vembanad Lake,Alleppey Kerala trapped in a narrow stretch of land between Arabain sea and the hills of the Western Ghats form a complex network of water bodies, canals and islands, where people of Kuttanad make a living dependent equally on land and water. The two thousand square-kilometre expanse of the lake is a magical mix of placid waters and lush greenery, where a network of waterways crisscross each other to form islands with paddy fields, coconut groves and small villages under the shade of mango and jackfruit trees.
House boats in Alleppey and fishing canoes gently cruise on these canals fringed by long lines of plantains and coconut trees on either side, occasionally stopping for refreshments at the lakeside stopovers or to drink in the view of temples, churches, villages and the greenery along the shore. The deeper waters offer isolation from the rush of the land, while the picturesque combination of waterways and narrow tree-lined embankments make the backwaters appear like a dreamland. This unique waterscape has earned a place in National Geographic Magazine’s list of fifty must see destinations in the world.
In early twentieth century, several artificial islands were created by forming earthen embankments, where paddy, plantains and coconuts are grown on ground that is a few feet below the water level. People living in the islands depend on small personal boats or ferries to get to the mainland and further. Coir factories, fishing and agriculture support the economy of the islands where people depend on the lake to make a living.
Punnamada Resort Alleppey is located on the shores of this water world, facing the largest open stretch of Vembanad Lake. Explore the backwaters of Kerala in several ways with our house boats that gently float on the canals, row boats that take you up close to give you a glimpse of life on the shoreline or on speedboats that get you across in a jiffy. Relish a relaxed holiday on the backwaters on Punnamada's house boat cruises and watch a new world unfold as you steer into the waters.