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Kerala - Alappuzha-Alleppey - Life in the backwaters

What attracted me to the backwaters was also to take a look in the smaller canals.
This water-rich region is an agricultural area and it also has many residents.
A canal often has many homes built in a long line under the palm trees along its both sides. This on a limited area between the canal and the fields, usually rice fields that can be quite extensive.

It struck me that often the ground floor of the houses was lower than the water surface in the channel.
The fields were at an even lower level.
This means that in case of heavy rainfall and flooding (in the monsoon season) not only the fields are flooded but also the houses in which the people live.
In newer homes you could see that a limited space was kept under the ground floor (such as a small basement). Most (older) houses, however, didn’t have that space.

One of the next times I will show that the surface of the water is higher than the houses and fields.

This time only pictures from daily life in the backwaters.
I noticed that although there were not too many boats in the smaller canals, the people on land often did not look up when you passed.
The skipper reassured me that I could always take pictures. I’ve taken a lot and again I did not know which would be the best. Have a look in the WS and judge for yourself.
I hope you like (some) of them.

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