15. Boatman in Alleppey, Kerala

This picture speaks for itself. A tropical paradise. A cruise through the backwaters, the kaayals is truly paradise.

The floating houseboats  called Kettuvallams or ‘boat with knots’ are so called because coir ropes tied in knots hold the entire structure of the boat together without a single nail being used. Coir is derived from the coconut’s covering, coconut palm ubiquitous in Kerala.  The boat is made of huge planks of the local Jack wood.

Kerala’s wetlands include 41 rivers from the Western Ghats that feed a labyrinthine network of brackish lakes, canals and lagoons behind the Malabar coastline.

Hundreds of coconut palms line each side of the still backwaters. The waters form   glassy mirrors reflecting the coconut palms in perfect inverted symmetry as far as the eye can see. The mirror image is only broken momentarily with the ripples of the boatman’s oars or a grebe diving to catch a fish in the backwaters.


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