The Points South Point of View – Peace, privacy and the proximity of water exists on the backwaters for however long you wish. A combination of a night on a houseboat and a few nights overlooking the lake is a perfect way to relax at the end of a tour if you are not keen on the beach. Exploring the smaller canals in a canoe can be very interesting. Travelling the backwaters on a houseboat will provide a fascinating slow motion view of Keralan village life, there are many splendid temples and churches to observe, also a perfect environment for bird watching. Lake Vembanad is India’s longest lake (96.5 kilometres) several excellent resorts and home stays are located on the shores with some accessible only by boat.