Contrasting vastly from the north, southern India is an intensely tropical and wonderfully laid back region to explore. The emerald jewel in India’s crown, Kerala boasts a rich heritage and mystical backwaters, flanked by rice paddies and coconut groves, and plied by rustic kettuvallam.
Take a tranquil two-night cruise through the beauty of Kerala’s backwaters onboard a traditional houseboat before finding utter relaxation on the beaches of the Malabar Coast
Relax on board a private, traditional Kettuvalam houseboat as lush scenery and rural life drifts by.
Kerala’s backwaters are fed by 38 different rivers
The famous kettuvallams, or houseboats, were once used to transport grain harvested from the area’s fertile fields – there are about 2000 of them plying the waterways
Kerala means ‘land of coconuts’ – there are a lot of coconut palms here!
Kerala produces 91% of India’s natural rubber stocks
The backwaters have about 900 kilometres of waterways formed by both natural and manmade rivers and canals
The backwaters are a unique ecosystem, home to crabs, mudskippers, frogs, a range of water birds, otters, turtles and a large variety of trees
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