Fishing the Kerala backwaters

Kerala backwaters, south India-crop

I recently took as group of guests to the Backwaters of Kerala.  These backwaters are part of Lake Vembanand, the longest lake in India at 96.5km long and 14km wide.  It is a major tourist attraction in Kerala with people cruising in converted rice barges to get a closer look at life by the waterside.  There are many boats cruising around, but surprisingly you do not really  notice them as you train your binoculars on the wonderful bird life or watch the local people going about their everyday lives.

MIsty water Kerala backwaters

Fishing is a major part of life in the Backwaters and on a misty early morning you are able to see the fishermen at work.

towing fishing boats, Kerala, India

Sometimes they take the easy route to their fishing ground with a larger boat towing a number of the small fishing boats.

fishing, Kerala backwaters

Many of the fishermen use nets or lines to catch fish which taste wonderful when freshly cooked.  These men however are fishing for cockles (shell fish).

fishing on the backwaters

shell fish, Kerala backwaters

If you want somewhere to relax and enjoy nature, the Backwaters of Kerala are a great place to visit.  There will be more posts about life there in the future!

Kerala fishing boats


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