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Kerala Backwaters

Listed under Lakes in Kerala, India.

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The Kerala Backwaters are a series of interconnected lakes, rivers and irrigation canals just inland from the Malabar coast in Kerala in southern India. They are highly popular with visitors to the region, as taking a boat along the backwaters is a great way to see the villages and culture of Kerala at a relaxed pace. Although brackish, much of the Backwaters are made up of fresh water, so creating a unique eco-system - it's a great place for spotting wildlife, especially birdlife. You can also stay in houseboats in certain parts of the Backwaters.

Written by  James Dunford Wood.

Other expert and press reviews

“Lake Vembanad, Kerala, by Houseboat”

Wide peaceful lakes, slow-moving rivers and canals lined with green coconut palms and rice fields connect to form the Backwaters of Kerala. Take a boat trip and there is something new to see around every corner. Villagers walk along the banks to work … Read more...

Written by  Jenny Fowler.

“Kids, curries, Kerala: the perfect recipe”

By Caspar Llewellyn Smith for The Observer. First published Sunday October 26 2008. ...Kerala's history is intertwined with that of travellers seduced by its spectacular beauty. In Cochin, to which we flew via Sri Lanka, there is still - just about - o… Read more...

Written by press. See the full article in The Observer, 26th Ocotber 2008

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Out of my 6 months in India, while on my GAP year, spending 3 nights on the backwaters was undoubtedly my most memorable. Engrossing myself in Keralan food and culture while relaxing on a rice barge was fantastic! So simple, yet breathtakingly beautiful.

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Hi there. im just planning my gap year and india really appeals. how was your experience? would love any tips/opinions/info! Thank so much, Chloe

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