This was one of the most unique things I can image doing in the backwaters of Kerala. The guides and equipment were great and the tour well planned. The day starts out with some good exercise as you kayak down one of the main rivers to a great local breakfast spot. Food here was great, and the pet eagle that you can pose with for pictures was a great surprise.
After breakfast, the real magic starts as you leave the main river ways that are all most tourists to the backwaters ever see and navigate into a web of tiny, interconnected water ways that wind through villages. You paddle by houses and people going about their day to day lives, traveling the way the locals do (these houses don't have roads going to them, the only way to get there is by small boat!). It was a very intimate experience as you cruise past women doing their laundry, men building up their monsoon flood walls, and, if you're lucky like we were, even a man shooting a fish with a bow and arrow for his family's dinner.
If you find yourself in the backwaters, I can't think of a more unique experience that gets you closer to and more in touch with the true local lifestyle than this kayak trip.
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