Student Guest Post: Backwater Lagoons of India

Another awesome guest post from 6th grader Athul. Who would have thought that he could rival last year’s elephant post?

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This summer, I went to India just like before but went somewhere totally different from last year. This year, I went to a place called Kumarakom, a popular tourism destination near a city called Kottayam in Kerala, India. Set into backwaters of the Vembanad Lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes . . . no, it is the largest freshwater lake of all of Kerala and, Kerala is a BIG place. The most popular way to enjoy the scene is on something called a houseboat. This is when things get interesting, because if you look at it literally looks like a long beach hut fit right onto a boat which apparently is the reason why it’s called house boat.  Houseboat

The inside looked just like a mini house, having a tv and one couch and two long curved benches (to cover the front of the boat) benches

There was also dining room, bedroom and a kitchen:   

The food was cooked on board and it was awesome. It contained fish fry, fish curry, chicken curry, shrimp fry, vegetable curry and some yogurt to wash off the spiciness, especially the fish curry which was the spiciest dish.feast

But the main highlight was the shrimp. It was nearly as big as a lobster, which was the biggest shrimp that I’ve ever seen in my life!

Shrimp compared to my Dad’s hand

Shrimp compared to my Dad’s hand

I hope you enjoyed my blog about Kumarakom. I’m sure you’ll love the experience of travelling in a house boat. If you liked this blog try to read my other one called “Close Encounter with Temple Elephant” which I did last year. Thank you!

~Athul A.

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3 replies »

  1. This is cool! I like how you can practically live on the boat. Also, what did the yogurt taste like? Was it like the yogurt in America?
    I can’t believe the shrimp is so big! Do you know what its name is? Did you eat it? What did it taste like?


  2. This was so cool to read! I loved seeing a house, ON A BOAT! This is definitely one of the coolest blogs I have ever read. I also want to know what the shrimp tasted like. I also wish to find out what the experience of living on a boat is like.

  3. Athul- thanks for writing! I think I’d like houseboat living! Can’t wait to hear more about your trip!

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