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A tropical landscape of palm-lined beaches, lush steamy jungle, aromatic plantation-covered hills and numberless winding rivers, the state of Kerala stretches for 550km along India’s southwest coast.  Kerala perches on a strip of land between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats, the state just 120km wide at its broadest point.Kerala’s meandering backwaters are surrounded by palm trees, dense shrubs and verdant bushes.

This watery scenery is probably best enjoyed from a Keralan houseboat, also known as kettuvallum.  These wooden-hulled, thatch-roofed boats were originally used for shipping rice and spices but are now popular with travellers as a means of traversing Kerala’s waters.

This labyrinth of rivers, canals, lagoons and lakes snakes through rice paddies, coconut groves and remote hamlets while you relax onboard your houseboat.  Mudskippers, terns, kingfishers, cormorants, otters and turtles are all part of this rich natural environment.