The Backwaters of Kerala

By: Fragile Prints

Aug 17 2011

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Category: India, Kerala


Focal Length:6.3mm
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Location: Allepey Backwaters, Kerala.


This beautiful region in the world is the Backwaters of Kerala. These lakes are actually brackish lagoons. The Vembanad lake in the region is the longest in India. The region is also known as the “Venice of the east” . The Punamada lake offers the “Nehru trophy boat race”, every August.


Eco status:

  • These wetlands are a fragile part in the entire South-Asia. The backwaters are a mix of fresh and salt water. There is a huge amount of boat traffic which is run on diesel engines. There is no regulation of any kind in this regard. The boats are a major source of tourism revenue in this region.
  • The recently concluded Boat race which was witnessed by huge amount of people resulted in an humongous amount of plastic trash thrown into the back waters.
    • However, as a positive sign, Ashoka trust for research in ecology and the environment ATREE unit Jalapadam wetlands club with help of high-school students collected the plastic waste after the spectator dump on the lake.
  • Kuttanad region which is under sea level and has canals surrounding it has a drinking water problem too. The water for domestic use, toilet waste, boating all happens in the same lake. [READ ARTICLE]
-Fragile Prints
P.S: The famous Booker prize winning “God of small things” by Arundhati Roy was set here.



8 comments on “The Backwaters of Kerala”

  1. Beautiful composition. I read God of Small Things and could absolutely relate to this scene. Hope you write posts about photography or enhancing pictures one takes with ordinary digital cameras. Thank you.

  2. So simple yet graceful 🙂
    It is going to be a pleasure backtracking to read and see the pics that I missed.

  3. Love the tress in the picture….Lovely

  4. This is beautiful 🙂

  5. Simply beautifully captured shot…lovely!

  6. Wonderful click. Looks so amazing.

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