The serene backwaters of Kerala are now a distant memory for me, though every time I look at these images I’m taken back to India and wishing I could be there steering into the warm still air. There’s something very mesmerising about the backwaters. There is a state of calm and tranquility as the landscapes blend and reflect into the water, locals bathe and wash in the abundance of water surrounding them, children ride their bikes (which seems for miles) to get to school and farmers walk the rice paddy fields.
Anyone who’s researched about visiting Kerala will know that the backwaters is a mandatory stop on the itinerary and I was not going to miss the chance to see these stunning landscapes. Travelling on your own has its disadvantages and I was about to experience it first hand when I went to book a house boat tour in Alleppey. My only option to experience a night on the backwaters was to book an entire house boat to myself. Surely there must be other people in the same position who I could book with? Ah, no it’s off season! So as indulgent as it felt I spent a whole day and night cruising the backwaters in a house boat all to myself. A time spent listening to iTunes, enjoying Keralan food and reflecting into the hypnotic waters.
Images taken on a Fujifilm XT100 ©Not The Jealous Kind 2015