Incredible Images From The Canals
One of the highlights of a trip to South India, specifically the state of Kerala, is the famous backwaters. These are a series of canals that empty into Lake Vembanad, the longest lake in India and the largest lake in Kerala, which in turn flows into the Arabian Sea. Often called "the Venice of the East", these canals house incredible fishing villages and rice paddies on their banks. Much like Venice, small boats are used to navigate from point to point on the canals.
There are several options for touring the lake and its canals. You can stay for a day or two on a houseboat that cruises along the lake, docking daily at 5pm when the fisherman cast their nets. You can also embark on a lunch or sunset cruise which takes 3-4 hours to show you the highlights or you can choose a "homestay". These "homestays" are nicer homes erected along the banks of the lake which offer the ability to get up close and personal with the people and their daily lives. All meals are prepared by the homeowner, so it's a very authentic experience which is the hottest trend in this region. Regardless of which option you chose, it's well worth taking a few hours or an extra day or two to experience the beauty of the backwaters.
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