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Why Floating Gardens on Inle Lake is special ?
The Floating Gardens on Inle Lake were made by native people, In-Thars. They grow vegetables on floating islands which are collection of floating weed and water hyacinth. These floating islands can be cut, dragged by boats and ever be sold like a piece of land. Floating gardens can be found mostly in Kaylar, Inchan and Zayatgyi villages.
The floating garden beds are formed by extensive manual labor. The farmers gather up lake-bottom weeds from the deeper parts of the lake, bring them back in boats and make them into floating beds in their garden areas, anchored by bamboo poles. These gardens rise and fall with changes in the water level, and so are resistant to flooding. The constant availability of nutrient-laden water results in these gardens being incredibly fertile. Rice cultivation is also significant.
What to explore at Floating Gardens on Inle Lake?
Every aspect of life is lived on Inle Lake and you will be most impressed by the floating gardens. There are huge expanses of tomato, cucumber, vegetables of all kinds and flower fields growing on mounds of soil floating on the lake. Farmers canoe between the rows to water the crops and add seaweed fertilizer straight from the lake. A trip to one of Floating Gardens on Inle Lake definitely a good education to your children to see what is sustainable farming. You will see the farmers use their fertile soil and water from the lake and make floating farm land in the middle of the lake.
How to get to Floating Gardens on Inle Lake?
The best way to visit Floating Gardens on Inle Lake is by boat. All the tours will run you through these gardens.
- Very innovative and creative
- Amazing site at Inle Lake
- Good demonstration of sustainable farming
- Gorgeous tomatoes in the middle of the lake
- Amazing sight with unique access needs
Inle Lake, Myanmar
Tips for you
Inle Lake is a special place. A whole busy life is happening on a big lake. One of the most fascinating attractions are the floating gardens. A big area in which you can see fields on the water. How the farmers build those fields and cultivate it. They grow tomatoes and pumpkins and some other vegetables. You can only go there by local transportation: a small narrow boat led by a local driver who knows his way around all the different "roads" and "allies" on the lake. The ride on the boat is extremely enjoyable.