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Mesmerizing backwaters...!

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A glide in a "Kettuvallam" (Houseboat) through the enchanting backwaters of Alleppey (Alappuzha) is sure to thrill you. Palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets lining up along either side of the canals are panoramic sights one can never forget.

  

The sparkling water and the caressing cool wind is a temptation too strong to resist. Country boats of various types crisscross the path with passengers from all walks of Kerala's rural life ranging from milkman and newspaper boy to local politicians, priests and wedding parties.!! It is a unique experience as this is as close as one can get to feel the vibrant life in the countryside of God's own country.

 

In Kerala, the total expanse of backwater stretches over 1500 kms, with a network of 44 rivers, lagoons and lakes from north to south. Alleppey which forms the main part of this network has the peculiar geographical feature of having the water in level with the land. This gives the advantage of getting a closer look at the village life.

 

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Taken on January 31, 2011