Backwaters of Kerela, India

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Backwaters of Kerela.
Kerala, located on the Southwestern tip of India, enjoys unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Asia. The region connects the rivers of the Western Ghats with the mystical Arabian Sea. Historically the brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Sea were used for transporting coconuts & palms inland but nowadays the network of interconnected canals and rivers are largely home to a unique eco-system. Freshwater from the rivers meet the seawater from the Arabian Sea and an eclectic collection of charismatic bamboo house boats provide jobs for the local Malayalam communities in the form of tourist cruises, gliding silently through the impressive green landscapes of the backwaters. Fondly referred to as 'God's Own Country', Kerala was selected by the National Geographic Traveller as one of the 50 destinations of a lifetime and one of the thirteen paradises in the world.
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