The Backwaters of Kerala, India - Poovar

Summary:

This hub briefly portrays my experience at one of the backwaters of Kerala last month (May 2012) during my visit to India. I have added pictures that I was able to capture during my cruise along the backwaters!!! I hope you enjoy reading this as alongside you have pictures to exactly see what I am talking about.

The Poovar Backwaters, Kerala, India

Introduction:

The backwaters in Kerala are a chain of lakes and lagoons that are interconnected and lie along the Arabian sea. These are formed at the mouth of rivers that flow down the Western Ghats.

The beauty of the coconut groves and mangroves along the river
The beauty of the coconut groves and mangroves along the river
Wild Pineapples
Wild Pineapples

The Journey Begins:

It was a totally different and fantastic first experience. The journey began in a small village called Karaikattu, which has one of the so many backwaters in Kerala. We hired a boat towards Poovar a small fishing village originally. We cruised through the river with wild trees and shrubs, mangroves and coconut groves on either side. The wild trees included a few like the wild mangoes and pineapple which I have never seen before and we were made aware that they were inedible due to their poisonous nature. We could sight a few birds like the cormorants, and storks not many as it was not the season, probably too early for the migratory birds to come in. Cruising along the river, listening to the songs of birds, and rustling of leaves in the coconut groves, we could witness local residents having fun in the river water.

The local residents
The local residents
Wild mangoes
Wild mangoes
The Backwaters behind the small boundary from the sea
The Backwaters behind the small boundary from the sea
The fishing boats close to the sea
The fishing boats close to the sea

The experience:

Cruising along, we reached Poovar, a breathtakingly beautiful island, a place where the river joins the sea water forming a beautiful estuary. It looked like a lake and the boundary between the river and the sea looked like a two sided sandy beach. I could not for sometime figure out the difference between the river and the sea. The tides in the sea were not too high and the kids had a fantastic time playing in the sandy beach as the waves kissed the beach. The beach was neat and tidy unlike a few beaches around that area, must be because we do not have any stalls around that area for people to throw away waste. However it is a natural place where you can enjoy the beauty of nature, especially the sea, the river and the trees around, as there are no artificial man made theme parks or other leisure activities in the place where we landed. The reason must be the fishing activities, and I could see a large number of fishing boats by the beach.

The seawater on the other side of the boundary
The seawater on the other side of the boundary
Another view of the backwaters
Another view of the backwaters
The resorts at the backwaters
The resorts at the backwaters

Resorts at the backwaters:

On the way to and back from the beach, we could see a few resorts and restaurants, and we were advised by the guide that we could place our order before start of our journey and have them ready when we arrive at the restaurant. We could also see people on recliners outside the resorts, enjoying the weather and the beauty outside. There were many other groups of people cruising alongside too.

Location of Poovar, Kerala, India

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One of the backwaters in Kerala, India

The boathouses
The boathouses

The boathouses:

One another most important thing that I witnessed was the boathouses. It has been my long time wish to holiday on one of those, though it still has not happened!!! There were many along the shores of the river close to the estuaries and we did see a few cruising along the river too. These boathouses I believe are rented depending on the needs of the tourists as in the number of day they need it for and their budget, and are provided with all requirements and furnishings. There are a few other island-villages nearby which are individually famous for various things like martial arts, herbal medicines etc.

A boathouse cruising on the river
A boathouse cruising on the river

Unlike other holiday or honeymoon destinations, Poovar is not very crowded and you can spend time all by yourself or with your loved ones, without any disturbance from the public. You can choose a spot to spend your time and just stay there for hours watching the wonderful changes of nature.

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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi travelholidays, thank you for reading and your appreciation. I am glad that you liked the pictures. Have a good evening!


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travelholidays 3 years ago from India

Interesting hub :) the way of expressing the concept is really superb. The bird's images are stunning :) thanks for sharing this article here


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi KrisL, thank you for reading and voting up. It is a beautiful place and there are so many other backwaters in Kerala. You should visit if you get a chance :-)

I just now looked up for pictures of Everglades on the internet. It is so breathtakingly beautiful!

Thank you again!

Have a great weekend!


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KrisL 3 years ago from S. Florida

Voted "Beautiful!" Like many of us commenting, I want to go there too.

It also makes me want to go back to the Everglades, which are a lot closer than India for me.


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Kathryn, thank you for reading. Yes, India has so many different landscapes and different weather and climatic conditions. I am glad you liked it!


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing the photos and experience with us. I had no idea parts of India looked like that. When I think of India I think of deserts or Dubai. But I'm sure there are many different landscapes throughout India.


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you so much Au Fait. It indeed was an awesome trip and a beautiful place. Thank you for stopping by. I am glad you liked it. Thank you for the votes and share!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Your trip sounds amazing and your photos look amazing! I have no doubt that this hub will entice many people to want to take this trip as you did and see it for themselves. Voted up, beautiful, and will share!


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you Curious dreamer, glad you liked it and thank you for the votes and share! :-)


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curious dreamer 3 years ago from India

interesting travelogue..............

thank you for sharing ..........

voted up............


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livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you Joleen Bridges! You will absolutely love the backwaters! Do share your experiences after your visit!


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livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you very much Deergha, I am glad you liked it, and thank you for the share and vote :)


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joleenbridges 4 years ago from Lee's Summit

Beautiful pics and helpful travelogue. I have pinned on my Pinterest board "Yeah - I'm going there." I very much want to go to India and finding information about these tropical gems is very helpful. Totally jealous of your wonderful trip. :)- Voted up as interesting and useful.


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dghbrh 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Hey dear it such an interestingly put up prelude about the whole experience ! I heard a lot about the backwater tourism of Kerala but never went through any write up so far. The photography is just so amazingly breathtaking and the description is also very comprehensive.

All votes up and sharing too. Keep up the good work.

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livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you Vinod, I know the feeling!


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Vinodkpillai 4 years ago from Hyderabad, India

Fascinating travelogue and brilliant photographs. As somebody who grew up in Kerala these images brought back nostalgic memories...... Thanks. Voted up and awesome.

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