Alleppey Travel Blog› entry 13 of 22 › view all entries
Alleppey is in the centre of the Keralan backwaters, a huge area of lakes, waterways, small canals and rice paddies. We boated three ways - on a small motor boat, on a paddled boat and on a public ferry. The whole area is well populated, with houses lining most banks, some very new and brightly painted. Women,waist deep in the water, beat laundry and washed pans and washed children. Kids splashed and bathed and men cleaned their teeth. Old women paddled small canoes from one bank to another on errands. Larger boats, low in the water, passed by carrying building materials. The paddle boat glided along narrow canals and we stopped to look at the vast expanse of rice paddies and great flying fox bats in the trees. Our boatman pointed out mango trees, cashew trees, kingfishers and cormorants.
About 20% of Keralans are Christian. Just round the corner from our homestay (Palmy Residency - lovely place, 500rps a night, Sacred Heart picture in Reception) is St George's Syrian Orthodox Church.
Curiously, Kerala also has an elected communist State government. Elections are looming and red flags with hammer and sickle are evident everywhere. On one canal, with the local communist leaders' portraits, was a huge picture of Che. Contrasting India again!