There was no question whether or not I would spend time on the backwaters while in southern India, but I vacillated quite a bit about which mode of sight seeing I might use. The houseboats, while iconic and offer the option of an overnight stay are limiting in their ability to navigate the smaller canals that run deeper into the villages. They also aren’t nearly as environmentally friendly as their non-motor counter parts. So, in the end I opted for an all day covered canoe trip with lunch in a local village. I believe I made an excellent choice.
Pictures from the day: