The morning wakens to the chatter of birds. Woodpeckers drum, kingfishers call and the first rays of light douse the shimmering water. This is Alleppey, the gateway to Kerala’s backwaters, where besides the number of visitors, very little has changed among the watery abodes. Fishermen unload the morning catch and tend calf-deep to their palm-fringed prawn ponds. Further out on the lakes, Chinese fishing nets float on the water catching the gentle breeze as the early mist begins to lift.
Explore on kettuvalom, curvaceous barges used since Kerala’s dawn to transport rice, spice and passengers along the network of winding waterways. A canoe will punt you further into a maze of canals bloated with hyacinth and lined with colourful vessels. Drift by water-facing churches, cottages and rural temples of thatch-roofed villages. You’ll see families washing their clothes in the river and women spinning fibrous coir while children play loud games of cricket joyfully along the leafy banks.
From spice farms to paddy fields and canal explorations, Kerala’s signature destination calls for intelligent exploration assisted by our Indian experts.
Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Malcolm, who's travelled extensively in India. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember.
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