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.
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!