A Ride through Kerala Pt. 2

In an earlier post: Pt. 1 on a photo journey through Kerala, we discovered the beautiful terrains and huge waterfalls. Today, I pick up from where I left: The Kerala Backwaters.

We had rented a Chikara (a small boat) with a double bed and some wooden chairs at Alapuzha for 4 hours. Get some popcorn and a deck of cards, it will be fun enjoying the slow and eye appeasing journey though the exquisite and always-talked-about Kerala backwaters with some hands of a card game.

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They say every tree needs it’s share of sunlight despite being super tall. Hence, the bend.

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And that’s how you would cross the backwaters on your vehicle: with a zillion coconut trees watching you.

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Behold a participant Chundan Vallam (Snake boat) of Vallam Kalli (Snake boat Race), annual boat racing event in Kerala. Around 100 people row this boat singing the traditional adrenaline pumping folk songs. What a way to celebrate the harvest festival Onam!

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Simple looking yet luxury defining and gorgeous: A houseboat, one of the many you will come across while sailing across the backwaters.

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And that’s where you would wait for a Govt run jetty: Boat stops look much more fancy and negligibly polluted than our Bus Stops.

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On the way, we stopped for some local toddy (mildly alcoholic palm wine), tapioca and oysters.

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Abandoned proof a Royal past.

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Harbor, of sorts.

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You can now pack up the cards and share your comments. 🙂

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