Kerala being home to backwaters aplenty, the first name that pops up in all our minds while thinking of the same is Alleppey. While Alappuzha has marked its footprint in the whole of Kerala's tourism circuit, the Chettuva backwaters is a great choice too. Located about 10 km to the south of Guruvayoor, Chettuva in Thrissur district is known for its tranquil and panoramic sights. The backwaters stretch from Enamakkal lake all the way up to an estuary where it empties into the Arabian Sea.
It’s also an abode to the biggest mangrove forest of Kerala. Boating is one of the foremost activities here and can be availed from Vettakkorumakan boat landing, which is about 21 km from Thrissur town. Tourists can hire shikaras, kettuvallams, motorboats or houseboats, and go on a leisure trip across the Chettuva lake while watching the harvesting of mussels and tapping of toddy.