Mar 23, 2012

Kerala Backwaters

If you haven't seen backwaters, you haven't seen Kerala. Spending the night in a houseboat is advertised as one of the top activities in South India

Boats come in different sizes and with different equipment levels (AC, TV, Upper Deck etc.), but all are rather expensive by local standards   

One or several bedroom boats are available


If you don't want to spend a whole day on a boat, there are dozens of other options - go for a 2 hour ride in a mini boat like us, for example. Check out Val's new gloves (handmade from socks)

Clearing the channel on our way to the backwater scenery

Snakeboat racing is a very popular event, that takes place annually


People live their daily lives on the banks of the backwaters


 


Narrow version of backwaters
 

And wider one


And amazing bird's eye view (courtesy of KeralaTourism)



$10 hotel room in Kottayam on our way from Allepey to Thekkady (recommended by Lonely Planet)

210 km in 2 days


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