Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Basking In The Backwaters Of Kerala

The most popular activity in Kerala is a trip through its lovely backwaters. The region is blessed with endless, calm waterways of lakes, canals and areas surrounded by rich rice fields. There are a zillion boats plying the waters, but it's a fairly new enterprise. As the industry of moving rice through the waters declined, a lot of barges stood empty. People started converting them to passenger tour boats and they became a hit. It's easy to see why: the scenery is beautiful and the ride relaxing.

The popularity shows at one of the packed ports. A typical boat, a thatch-covered barge.

Scenery along a canal. Tea on the boat with a couple of happy customers.

The captain, trolling along, satellite dish ready for action. One of the smaller, side canals.

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