Lakes, canals, and lagoons form more than 600 miles of the backwaters of Kerala, India.
One way to experience the backwaters is by ferry services. The other is to rent a houseboat [kettuvallam] for a day or an overnight trip. A private two-cabin houseboat with an excellent crew can make your journey memorable.
Time spent in the backwaters can stimulate contemplation. In a private houseboat, you are the occasion. I had the good fortune of revisiting the backwaters with a couple of dear friends. As we glided gently along the lake and canals, the following words of Lord Buddha echoed in my mind:
“Better than a hundred years
of not perceiving how things arise and pass away,
is living one day if a person
does perceive how things arise and pass away.”