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The backwaters of Kerala

sunny 30 °C

Everyone has their own idea of Paradise, so, if you have Vegas or Blackpool in mind, Champakulam on the Keralan backwaters wouldn't be for you. We, on the other hand, are in heaven.
Heaven is a comfortably rustic cottage on the banks of the serene Pampa river, where a gentle tropical breeze wafts through the fronds of banana and coconut palms from dawn to dusk; where ducks, geese and hens scrabble for worms on the riverbank and a cormorant patiently waits for his lunch to swim by…
And then, while the cormorant dries his outstretched wings in the sun, an implausibly iridescent kingfisher snatches minnows from the lazy water…
The riverside trees and palms are alive with birds: fork-tailed juncos, hummingbirds, parrots and egrets, while multi-hued dragonflies dance above the floating islets of water hyacinths and lilies…
The soft warm air maybe alive with songs of birds and the calls of the wild, but the sultry stillness of the river is broken only by the leap of a fish or the occasional splash of the ferryman’s paddle…
Then, as the equatorial sun reaches its noonday zenith, a few clouds bubble up to give us shade and to paint watercolours for us on an aqueous canvas…
The river is the provider of all life here. Our host serves us crayfish the size of small lobsters from the river, rice from the paddies next door, eggs from his own chickens, and papayas, bananas and coconuts from the nearest riverbank tree. We spend day after day just absorbing the beauty of this river and wondering if we will ever move on.

Posted by Hawkson 21:18 Archived in India

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What a contrast! Sounds like Gabriola way back when, only better weather. Would love to see photo of the "rustic cottage".

by R and B

What beautiful pictures. We hope you will be coming back to Gabriola. We had a heron swoop to our pond to flirt with the blue plastic one that has been there since before we bought the property. It stayed for about 10 minutes.

by Janet

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