Cochin to the Backwaters

The drive from Cochin to the backwaters took us through a number of small villages.

Lagoons, lakes, canals, estuaries and the deltas of 45 rivers make up the 900 kilometre backwater network of Kerala. The backwaters mainly cover the four districts of the state: Quilon, Alleppey, Kottayam and Cochin. The Vembanad Lake (second largest lake in India), flows through the Alleppey and Kottayam districts and opens out into the sea at Cochin’s port.

The prime industries in these regions are fishing and coir rope making.

We boarded a rice barge in time for lunch and spent the rest of the day floating on the backwaters. We saw traditional fishing, rice farming in huge fields below sea level,

many churches & birds including brahminy and pariah kites, Indian river terns, little cormorants, paddybirds (or Indian pond heron) and kingfisher. And a river snake.

We stopped at a village to visit a church & see some wood carving.

By canoe we could access some of the narrower channels. We saw the backwater villagers, where the canals are used for washing clothes, baths & transport.

We watched sunset & sunrise from our rice barge – very peaceful with just the sound of birds & the occasional fisherman on a canoe.

That’s all for now!



  1. Diane Hawkings · · Reply

    What a lovely part of the world. Your photograph of the washing is excellent – you certainly have an eye for a good shot.
    Did you have a go at the rope making?


  2. Any snakes?


    1. One water snake, it was stripy and yellow. (But Dad is under the impression that it was remote controlled by the boat person).


  3. Brilliant – loved Cochin – I did the back water boat trip – you photos are a really good reminder of that trip.


  4. Granny Devon · · Reply

    How I would love to do a trip like that. I have to content myself by watching David Attenborough on the TV.!


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