Photographer's Note

In 1988 I made a journey to southern India, visiting the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. While in Kerala I made a trip through the so called backwaters, 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 the Kerala backwaters are among the major tourist destination of India. Most visitors travel by houseboats, kettuvallam, basically copied from the famous houseboats of Dal Lake in Kashmir. According to a site I found on the internet the houseboats were first introduced in Kerala in 1991, which explains why I had never heard of any, and didn't see any, in 1988.

Instead I travelled by an ordinary boat looking mainly like a floating bus, stopping at a number of small villages along the route. This jetty was one of those places where we stopped briefly to pick up or drop off passengers.

In a workshop is a closer view of the boat with the faded yellow and blue sail. Both photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

Here is a larger version.

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