Photographs by Kriti Mamgain.

This is the last instalment of my four part Kerala series. The trip was so good that I had to share every bit of it. Before leaving for home, the last thing I did there was board a house boat and sail through the back waters.

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A lot of people are familiar with the back waters because the first thing that pops into one’s head when one thinks about a trip to Kerala is the back waters. So I decided to save the best for last. And it was definitely a good decision because this was the highlight of my trip.

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The first reason for the house boat to be the highlight of my trip was, because of obvious reasons, sailing through water surrounded by scenic visuals of a tropical land. Sailing deep into the river where modern civilisation keeps on decreasing, making one feel closer to their primitive self.

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But, I’m sure you must have heard similar versions of this from other people as well. While all this is true, there was another reason for me to immensely enjoy the house boat. It was prawns.

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So I’m sailing and I see the cutest thing that I have ever seen, local fishermen in tiny boats selling fresh catch. Can sea food be fresher than this?

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As my boat approached one of those boats, I got excited to see the boat full of prawns the size of the palm of my hand! I bought them, obviously, and two of those prawns had enough meat to satiate my hunger.

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There is a popular fish in the south called kerimeen, something that all sea food lovers must try. It looks similar to a pomfret but has more flavour to it. I had the best meals in the house boat because it couldn’t have gotten any fresher.

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To enjoy my sailing experience and all the fish and everything, I decided to go for a tube maxi that was fitted at the bust and lose everywhere else.

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Why I chose this is simple – it was keeping me well aired because tropics can get a little humid during the day. But, since there was a light breeze in the air, there was good ventilation.

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I felt that this was the perfect combination of style and utility. This dress had some self floral print so fine that you need to look closely to figure out what the print actually is. I feel that such things add another dimension to clothing.

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I consciously chose not to wear any jewellery because I knew I would start sweating, which would not just make me feel uncomfortable, but, ruin the jewellery as well. That was the whole idea behind this one piece look.

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So there it is, my last and final post on my trip to God’s Own Country. I hope you enjoyed it, I hope it helps you in some way if you decide to visit the place.

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I suggest that everyone should go here at least once, because it has something to suit everyone’s preference – from mountains to beaches and everything in between!

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