The Kerala Backwaters

#90 - Kochi, India
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You can travel without leaving your house.
At least that's true if you live on a kettuvallams – or Kerala houseboat, which are famous to this area. You can travel in the backwaters or brackish lagoons and lakes parallel to the Arabian Sea coast in southern India. There are 38 rivers to venture through, all with wonderful nature backdrops to a slow river journey, making this experience our #91 AbsoluteVisit.
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Alleppey Backwaters, Kerala
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  • This chain of lagoons in India along the Arabian Sea coast is fed by 38 different rivers and contains five lakes all linked by canals.
  • The most notable feature of these lagoons is the kettuvallams (houseboats). There are over 2000 of them in the backwaters.
  • Originally, the kettuvallams were used as grain barges to transport rice harvested in the fertile areas surrounding the backwaters.

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