Have you ever heard of under sea-level paddy fields? In Kerala, India, apparently a vast amount of land has been reclaimed by erecting dykes. The backwaters of Kerala is a network of rivers, canals and lakes sandwiched between the hinterland and a narrow stretch of land running parallel to the Arabian Sea. In between these watery networks, lay miles and miles of paddy fields protected by dykes ranging from 1-2 meters high.

In the background of this photograph, the below sea-level paddy fields can be seen along with the dykes. On the right is one of the multitudes of houseboats found in the Kerala backwaters that has become a tourist industry in its own right.

To say that a houseboat cruise through the backwaters of Kerala is a serene and peaceful experience is a total understatement. The backwaters are a network of interconnected canals, rivers, lakes and inlets, lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast of the Kerala state. It cuts through numerous reclaimed paddy fields which lay 1-2 meters below sea level. Standing at the top of a two-tiered houseboat, one can clearly see the dykes that separate the waterways from the sunken and massive paddy fields. The landscape looks surreal and unbelievable.

Swaying coconut trees with the backdrop of the clear blue sky completes the tranquility of it all. The houseboats chugged along slowly in the waterways as one enjoys the breeze. There are river fishermen eager to sell the catch of fresh fish and tiger prawns for dinner. This image was taken as a houseboat was gliding by.

Hello... I Am Josh

A Travel Writer & Photographer from South East Asia

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Josh For some, it's shopping therapy. Others, movie therapy. Yet more, reading therapy. For me, it's writing therapy.
Why writing? When I travel, I enjoy first-hand the experience like in shopping therapy. But when I write about my travels, I live vicariously the experience again, as if like a movie sequel (or more like GroundHog Day, except that this is fun!). Yes, writing evokes the memories, the fun and the not-so-fun but all-in-all it gives the satisfaction of reliving the sense of place once more.
With images, it enhances the experience down one's travel memory lane. With this in mind, I hope to share my travel stories in words and images with you. For your escape therapy! More...

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