Photographer's Note

Another photo from my journey by public transport through the so called backwaters of Kerala in 1988. I travelled the most popular section of the backwaters, betwen the towns of Kollam (in those days known as Quilon) and Alappuzha (then Alleppey), a journey of about 8 hours. By bus or train it would probably have taken me just an hour, but the views would have been far less interesting.

The backwaters are a long series of rivers, lakes and canals protected from the sea by low barrier islands and reefs along the mouths of the large number of rivers crossing the state. Today tourists usually enjoy the beauty of the scenery from comfortable houseboats, crew included, but in 1988 only flat boats looking like floating buses were available to tourists.

I have no special memory of this photo, but it seems to be from one of the stretches of relatively open water. I have scanned it from a Kodachrome slide.

You can see a larger version here.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6962 W: 407 N: 13776] (65266)
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