Backwaters of Kerala

DSC_3394Have you heard about the Backwaters in Kerala? It is one of the top tourist attractions in South India, and has been named on a “50 destinations of a lifetime” list by National Geographic Traveler.

“The Kerala backwaters are a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast. The network includes five large lakes linked by canals, both man-made and natural, fed by 38 rivers, and extending virtually half the length of Kerala state. The backwaters were formed by the action of waves and shore currents creating low barrier islands across the mouths of the many rivers flowing down from the Western Ghats range.” (Read full article on Wikipedia here)

DSC_3392The best ways to enjoy the area is by boat, either by taking an overnight stay in a houseboat or a smaller cruise. We went for a houseboat and enjoyed a 20 hours stay on our own little private boat.

DSC_3479After some time under a burning hot sun our boat arrived and our bags were carried inside. We had a small bedroom with shower and toilet, and an upper deck to have a good view. As there were two people working on the boat we could just rest and enjoy the day without lifting a finger. It was a surreal feeling.

We sat on the upper deck and hoped to catch some sea breeze. Around the small channels thin pieces of land hosted villages and heavy decorated catholic churches. It was like watching a miniature world slowly passing by.

Behind the few meters of land was the greenest and most beautiful fields I have ever seen: paddy fields. The fields are under water at least two times a year, which together with lots of sun provides the environment to cultivate rice.

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6 thoughts on “Backwaters of Kerala

  1. Hey Sussikutty…
    First of all, good choice of location! Just when the monsoon is converging and the backwaters are getting ready for their annual feed. I’m glad you enjoyed in there. With palm and bank vegetation bending to touch the waters, a silent boatman lost in thoughts sailing his boy, there’s nothing left to do rather than fall in love with the Venice of the South!!

  2. “Hey SussiKutty,
    I love your pen name because it is really funny and I love your blog too. You have written so much about Kerala that I cannot believe that you are a foreigner. Kudos on the blog, you have discover so many offbeat activities that I couldn’t staying in India. “

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