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Kerala Backwaters

An Ecosystem of Rivers and Houseboats

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Then we journeyed to the Kerala Backwaters, the second must-see destination in India behind the Taj Mahal.

The Kerala Backwaters are famous for the houseboats and river-life. See all of the boats lined up.
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We saw how people lived among the backwaters.
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The river was the center of their livelihood, so here are a few men repairing one of the levies. People would bathe in the river, wash their pots and pans in the river, etc.
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Here are some boys playing volleyball along the riverfront.

We went and stayed at Green Palms Homes, a home stay in the heart of the backwaters. We were immersed in a village for 3 nights, and it was a truly unique experience. There were 3 houses in the compound, all of them owned by a different sibling. Their mother taught us a cooking class. Here we are pictured with her.
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Then a bunch of us took a boating and walking tour of the village with the Eldest brother. Here we are crossing the river before beginning our walk to learn about how the economy of the village operates and all of the different agricultural products that are grown in the area.
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Jacob, the eldest brother in the family
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The next day, we went on a walking tour of the whole area.
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I loved this picture of this guy rowing a canoe down one of the narrow waterways.
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Backwater life
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All of these women were dressed up for a funeral. I love this picture :)
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The men wore lungyi, which they would roll up because of the heat. Lungyi always made me laugh, cause to my foreign eyes, it looks like adult diapers. But I assure you, it was not used as such :)
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Backwater life
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Beautifully colored boats
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Luxurious houseboats (that cost US$100 a night). We didn't spend a night on one (I would highly recommend the home stay experience instead, where you can still take boats/canoes around for fun), but they sure were gorgeous!
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The travel pack on top of a boat on the beautiful backwaters (Cecile, Me, Anna, and Adrian)
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Posted by kendallwallace 12:20 Archived in India Tagged kerala backwaters

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