Tourism in Kerala is fairly expensive particularly when we talk about Backwaters and houseboats. Houseboats is a big business and a major source of income for a reasonably large population residing near the backwaters. But houseboats is not the only way to appreciate the serene beauty of backwaters. Here I bring to you the perfect guide to Kerala backwaters and the different ways by which you can savour every moment there.
Reaching Alleppey : The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport,which is at a distance of 75 kms.
Best Season to visit Alleppey : Best season to visit Kerala is during winters. But basking in the sun while sitting in a canoe and drifting along the canals has a joy of its own, so one can consider enjoying their summer afternoon in the backwaters.During monsoons tourism is less and so there is a scope of lots of off-season discounts.
Staying in Alleppey :
Homestay – There are several homestays in and around Alleppey. Homestays have an interesting concept sometimes you get to stay with the owner’s family. Staying with a localite,tasting their local delicacies and knowing more about their culture is like the icing on the cake.
Houseboats- Houseboats are popular option for an overnight stay. Houseboats have different categories-Budget,Deluxe,Premium. You can choose one depending on your budget. Houseboats can cost you anything between Rs.8000 to Rs.30,000 for a night. Houseboats follow a government rule which allows them to cruise daily only from 12 in the afternoon till 5 PM. After which they park the houseboat and prepare dinner. Early morning another hour of cruising is allowed, after which the guests are required to checkout by 9 AM. Spending a night in a houseboat had always been in my bucket-list,and I am glad I ticked it off my list. I had booked my houseboat online with Alleppey Houseboat Club, there are several operators available online, if you don’t wish to book one online you can directly visit the Jetty by 12 PM and book a houseboat directly.
Alternative to houseboat :
Canoe : If you are a solo traveler or on a budget this is the best option for you. A canoe is a narrow boat, in a typical one just 2 people can sit. They are not only a cheaper option, but are also environment friendly. Since the houseboats are huge in size they cannot fit in the narrow canals, but a canoe easily can. One can experience the local life, watch people bathe, wash their clothes, catches fishes as you drift slowly across the canals. Canoe tours are gaining popularity so you can book one easily,the best time to go for a canoe ride is during sunrise or sunset. Sitting in a canoe,forgetting all your problems,watching the red ball of fire set is a sight to behold.