Home stay in the Keralan Backwaters
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We were treated to staying in a family in the small farming villages set within the backwaters - by pulling up the clay from under the water and setting it to make irrigation for rice paddy fields - and forming a village per island. The whole area lives off of the water. As we arrived at the station - and got a boat to our families home which took about an hour - all along the sides of the water were families bathing - washing cooking items - washing clothes - washing bamboo - all using the water in some way.
The family we stayed in were really nice - and straight away an amazing home cooked meal of grilled sardines, cocunut curry, rice, poppadoms, beans, indian style cabbage and beef curry was waiting steaming on the table. The meal was really tasty - and we all ate with our hands as a gesture to the family.
We got given a lassi for dessert, and sat on the porch for a cup of chai and biscuits. Very english! The family itself is two brothers and their mum, one of their wives, and the two girls. Their sister lives in Manchester with her indian husband. They are bui,ding the huge english stlye house next to the family home - shown in pictures. We all said in England that house on the river would be about 750,000 pounds - but I bet it was cheap for them to build it there! Funny how far the pound goes in India!
After dinner we met up with the boys - who were staying with two other families at the other side of the canal/river - and our host Thomas took us for an informative walk to meet the village and explain to us about their lives and answer any questions we had.
After the walk - we had a ride back in the traditional canoe - and they sang us these lovely local traditional songs taught to them by their grandparents and those before them - and we stopped off to fill a water bottle with local toddy at a shop - bit manky - was like some sort of rice liquor!
At home another lovely meal of chapati and potato curry and then an early night after the party the night before. My stomach had been dodgy all day. not fun!