Designs in the Backwaters

The gentle ripples of the boat’s wake creates interesting designs and reflections in the backwaters of Kerala.

In the various images you might notice the abundance of plants in the water. Introduced into tropical places such as the Kerala backwaters, water hyacinth is an exotic invasive second to none. Spreading by runners and seed, a population of this plant can double in size every two weeks. It is choking these internationally significant wetlands, preventing navigation and fishing, clogging irrigation systems and boat propellers, and crowding out native species.

Designs in the Backwaters

Designs in the Backwaters

A Typical Kerala Backwaters Scene

Water, palm trees, canals and lush green vegetation make Kerala backwaters so famous. Houseboats are a common sight.

Have you ever gone cruising in a houseboat on the backwaters of Kerala? If you haven’t, make sure you do. This one is really a wonderful and unforgettable experience! Present day houseboats are huge, slow-moving exotic barges used for leisure trips, and are in fact reworked version of kettuvallams of olden times. The original kettuvallams were used to carry tons of rice and spices. A standard kettuvallam can hold up to 30 tons from Kuttanad to the Kochi port.

A Typical Kerala Backwaters Scene

A Typical Kerala Backwaters Scene