In Kerala the backwaters are used in a traditional manner by locals for transport, fishing and agriculture. The backwaters is rather an unappealing name given to the picturesque network of lakes, rivers, canals and lagoons. The lush green landscape, diverse wildlife, houses and villages that line on the backwaters make the journey through these waterways seem like a journey through another world.
The best way to see the Kerala Backwaters is to hire a houseboat and explore it and the best place to hire is Alleppey. You will find hundreds of traditional thatched roof houseboats here. From here you'll be taken on an adventure through the various backwaters to places such as Kumarakom, Kottayam, and Alinkadavu (near Kollam). You can choose from a wide range of destinations that will suit your travel plans.
Monsoons have a special appeal and the most important thing that will strike you about the backwaters is the peaceful, calm environ with the monsoon water slowly coming down on the lake. There is a vast area of fields besides the lake and the coconut trees on either sides make the water look green. As you make your journey slowly, it is a sight to watch with so many houseboats cruising through the waters. If you really like the monsoon season, then backwaters in Kerala is the place to be. The 'date' with monsoon season lives up its best as you can see water, clouds, fog and the lake merging together.