The back waters around Cochin’s tropical lagoons contain the Gundu, Vypin, Vallarpadom and Bolghaty islands and the fascinating Chinese Fishing nets .
From Aleppey a private boat cruise on the backwaters to Kottayam takes approximately 3 hrs. The cruise is through `Kuttanad' literally meaning the land which is lower than the sea level but is kept intact by its bunds and dikes. It is the `rice bowl' of Kerala. The rice fields are very beautiful and this lush land and surrounds governs the placid way of life of the people who live on the backwaters.