Well, I teased you in a previous post telling you that jungle is a Hindi word, so here are pictures to show you the reason. Kerala is an enchanting mosaic of rice paddy fields, coconut groves, wide beaches, backwater labyrinths and jungle. People of the three major religions, Hindus, Muslims, and Christians coexist peacefully. The Christian community is much larger in the south of India, than in the north. The politics of the region alternates between the left and far-left candidates. A pretty amazing statistic is that Kerala boasts the highest literacy rate ( nearly 100%) in all of India. The ancient boat-building industry grew from the plentiful supply of wood , the proximity to the Arabian Sea, and many backwater canals. The Snake Boat races of today are thought to be the world’s largest team sport. In ancient times, these boats were used to carry warriors.
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There are a number of backwater tours available.
image by Kerala Backwater Tour
One is eight hours and takes you from Kollam to Alleppey where the bus is waiting. Some European students, who are also here at Cept, took that route and found it a rather long and repetitive. David decided on the three hour ride which was also more cost effective. It was a humid, hot day and the little boat was a sanctuary from the blazing sun. We had a guide who seemed disappointed that we all just wanted to flow quietly through the water. Enjoy your trip! We stopped for a drink and I made a new friend. This hawk was raised from a chick. One of the many houseboats for hire. The cost is about $200 per night which covers a staff of three, meals and an overnight… Not bad, huh?