Anybody who has been to Kerala – or is planning their trip – will want to go on a Backwaters Tour, and we were no different. We chose the ‘7 Hour House Boat & Country Boat’ trip organised by Destination Holiday, but there are options to go on an overnight house boat to take in more of the stunning scenery and the network of waterways that snake through it. The state of Kerala is extremely luscious and green – quite different from the other states we’d visited.

House Boat on the Kerala Backwaters Tour

House Boat on the Kerala Backwaters Tour

In the morning of our trip, we were 2 of around 15 passengers who took the bus out of Fort Kochi and over to the Backwaters. After we climbed aboard the house boat, we visited a limestone factory to witness the traditional methods of grinding shells down to make limestone. We then set off to see a family who make twine from coconut fibers by using a machine to twists the hairs together – Duncan even had a go, much to the amusement of the locals!

Grinding shells into limestone for whitewash

Grinding shells into limestone for whitewash

Twisting coconut hairs into twine

Twisting coconut hairs into twine

At lunchtime, we were treated to a typical Keralan lunch, served up in banana leaf and with a bottle of Kingfisher beer. Eating with our hands was second nature to us at this point, but Mike who we made friends with, was a bit uncomfortable with this. And who can blame him, he’d only left Australia a week before!

Keralan lunch

Keralan lunch

In the afternoon, we took a lazy canoe down to a peppercorn plantation, which luckily was in the shade of the over-hanging leaf canopy – I was panicing that I wouldn’t have enought SPF50 to last the trip! The boat trip was extremely relxing and a welcome change after the noise and pollution of the city life in Pune and Mysore.

Lazy canoe down the Kerala Backwaters

Lazy canoe down the Kerala Backwaters

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