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A man pilots a classic motor launch, driving car-like through the Kerala backwaters of Vembanadu Lake.
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A man pilots a classic motor launch, driving car-like through the Kerala backwaters of Vembanadu Lake.

Kerala Backwater Cruise by Motor Launch

“Pen!” The boy shouted to me, trying to keep pace with the boat. “Pen!”

I thought he was saying, “penny,” that he was asking for coins. Then, seeing that I didn’t understand him, he turned his left palm upward,Boatmen pole through the Kerala backwater.and with his right hand scribbled with an imaginary pen.  “Pen!” he shouted again as he ran along the dirt path between the placid backwater and village houses.

That the children here ask for pens makes a comment on Keralan society. Had I known it before, I’d have stuffed my camera bag with Bics before leaving the States. Cruising around the backwater around Kochi/Cochin is great if there isn’t time for a more leisurely cruise in a kettuvallam. If you have time, do both.

As we return to port, a larger ship follows.

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Kettuvallam

Motor Launch

Chinese Fishing

Keralan Society

Village Procession

Coir Village

Coir Processing

Kochi/Cochin

Copra Processing

Street Market

Dance of Kerala

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