“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)
After 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.