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Backwaters

Backwaters, Kerala, Inde. avril 2017 PLUMEVOYAGE @plumevoyagemagazine © Laurence Gounel

Last step of the journey and not the least exotic one: sailing along the backwaters. A natural curiosity that attracts both young Indian honeymooners and foreigners. This coast along the Arabian Sea has consolidated its wealth around a vast network of waterways, which have long been the only trade routes from North to South. In total, there are 41 rivers and canals covering nearly 1,800 kilometers, which today are the theater of a live show for nearly 2000 houseboats. These traditional rice boats have been converted into small, floating hotels with fewer than 10 rooms, and they greet village houses accessible only by water. We watch the everyday life scenes and the picture of a traditional India, soft and languishing finally captured in our memories. Contrasting with the widespread image of a country bubbling, multicolored but exhausting.

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