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Water Lilies at Malarikkal

Malarikkal is a backwater village in Kottayam district of Kerala,  in southern India.
The village has an estimated 600-700 acres of paddy fields where pink water lilies bloom, this time of the year. the ideal time to see the flowers is between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. The flowers have become a must-have backdrop for photos on social media with people increasingly using this stunning pink vista for selfies, family and wedding photo-shoots.
Boatmen take tourists into the fields, where they can see the flowers up close,
The water lilies and the backwater villages of Kottayam, attracting tourists in huge numbers.In 2019 alone, about 80,000 people visited Malarikkal. The peak season is July, August and September. At that time, you can see amber blossoms in acres of fields here.

Access : Coordinates: 9.561735,76.490511 / Malarikkal is around 10 km from Kottayam town and around 45km from Alappuzha./ Nearest railway station: Kottayam, around 9 km
Nearest airport: Cochin Interanational Airport, around 85 km /  Small boat services have been launched in Kottayam, which will take tourists into the fields.

Highlights :

  • The District Tourism Promotion Council of Kottayam, will soon add village tourism options like boating and responsible tourism activities.
  • Amazing view when it blooms in the morning until 9- The ideal time to visit is 6.30 am. and the phenomenon has been attracting hordes of Instagrammers.
  • The Kerala Backwaters are a chain of brackish lakes and lagoons that stretch along the coast of the Arabian Sea (known as the Malabar Coast) of the Indian state of Kerala
  • The State Tourism Department along with the Responsible Tourism Mission (RT Mission) is planning a yearly three-month-long Pink Water Lily Festival along the lines of the Tulip Festival held in Amsterdam.

Ideal season: September to November /

Activities : sightseeing / photo opportunities / Kottayam Day Tour Guide / see water lilies – a sea of pink as far as the eye can see.

Go next : The village of Kumarakom is a An enchanting backwater destination / Alappuzha is popular as a place of relaxation / Varkala is one of the most popular resorts in Kerala / Alleppey is known as the “Venice of the East” thanks to the many canals that run through the city.

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