Day 05 - Alleppey Backwater Houseboat Tour
We were welcomed with a delicious coffee/tea and onion pakodas by the boat operators. We navigated around the waterways of Kerala backwaters during the afternoon. I saw locals and children coming from work and school respectively on a boat as there was no other mode of transport.Evening - Great photo points. The evening was totally enjoyable, relaxing with music system, similarly many houseboats with tourists were there, and the boat trip around the waters is resting, and there are some great photo shots. The boat driver took us to local seafood vendors. As its tourists' destination, the coconut and crabs they were selling was expensive.
Alleppy is a delight to experience. Backwaters, Houseboat, food, scenery, etc. People use boats for conveyance to office, school and other places. You can take a Houseboat for stay to experience the calmness of nature as it rows amidst the lush of trees. For sea food lovers, Alleppy offers food delights cooked in indigenous local spices. Not to forget, Kerala spices was the reason why Europeans got to India which makes the food a must to do on the list. Local tea more popularly known as 'Masala chai' is another refreshing experience for tea lovers. If you are a fish lover don't forget to enjoy Karimeen fish baked inside banana leaf. Alleppy has lots of seafood options available cooked in local spices in traditional way.Anyway, I had a very mixed experience at Alleppy . While the lifestyle is a jewel of an experience, much of what is written, heard is contrary to what I saw. The water in the lakes and estuaries is getting dirty gradually. I wonder how do the locals survive using it for their daily needs. There is an urgency to address this issue to keep the famous backwater attractions alive and popular as they are . This place is best for tourists and travellers.*You can enjoy the magical backwaters without paying any hefty amount you can take :Canoe - for only Rs 200 per hour with the driver constantly guiding you.Chakara - in less than Rs 500 you can enjoy backwaters in this large covered boat.OrYou can choose public boats available for local people.
Day 4- This was a day at leisure as there is not much to see in Alleppey, what we actually wanted and as this is not the peak time, we got a deal for the houseboat for Rs 2000 for 2 hours and enjoyed our ride. The views were really beautiful, came back, enjoyed a little bit in our hotel after which we had our light lunch in a small bakery. Now was the time for shopping, bought few sarees from Maheswari, not sure if it is a reliable showroom or not but got lovely sarees.
On the next day we had planned a one day houseboat experience in Alleppey backwaters. We got up at 12 am and stayed till next day 9am. We were served fruits as we got up. Then the entire day we roamed around the backwaters and we had a good seafood lunch. On the verge of sunset they tied the boat to the land and we got down and met a couple of french people from the next houseboat who were travelling through India for the past 2 months. After a hearty discussion we made our way back to our houseboats.