Why Venice? 44 rivers with a total length of 1900 km wash its land. Known as the “Kerala backwaters”, these rivers have long been used as a trade route – coconuts, rice and spices were transported through them.
Today, these waterways connect distant villages and islands with key coastal centers. The most interesting region in Zavodyashchi is the Kuttanad district, called the “rice bowl” of Kerala.
This is the only place on Earth where they are engaged in agriculture below sea level – thanks to a complex system of embankments and dams. Continue reading