The backwaters of Kerala are a beautiful part of the world. I’m sure that you have heard of the luxurious houseboats that you can book to cruise along the labyrinth of canals.
However, houseboats pollute the waters. I remember talking to some of the people living along the backwaters and they were telling me that certain diseases were on the rise especially among children.
I found an eco-friendly option, this little paddleboat. Our boatman came from one of the villages and beautifully guided us through the more beautiful narrow canals where mammoth houseboats cannot reach. We could engage a lot more with the locals on our paddleboats.
However, later we figured out that a lot of the tour operators in Kerala exploit their boatmen.