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River cruise in Kerala

Pilgrims aboard the houseboat enjoying a coconut drink.

By Dr Sheila Atwarie-Rambissoon

Our pilgrimage to India took us to its southern tip of Kerala on November 18. In the recent past this was hit by disastrous floods and in some parts water rose to ten feet. The water line was still evident during our visit.

We had the impression of a raging river and devastation along the Pamba River and the Vembanadi Lake into which it flowed. We met a calm river. We went on a cruise on the famous houseboat. We climbed on to the boat using wooden planks and as the name suggested it was truly a house built on a flat boat.

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