Keralaaaa! What can I say? I’d been itching to go to Kerala ever since I was a kid. I’m not particularly sure what got me interested in the place; it isn’t just the fact that I have a lot of Malayali friends, I think it’s the culture and the serenity of the place itself that I admired as a child.
My biggest confusion was which part of Kerala to visit. Almost every region in Kerala is distinctly different from the other. I didn’t want to particularly go towards the beaches. Wayanad is a good choice but being a hilly area, the option of staying in a boat house appealed to me more.
Boat houses are literally houses on a boat. They vary in size depending on how many people want to stay in it. Allappey in Kerala is famous for boat houses since they dock and sail on India’s second largest lake, Vembanad Lake. But, you may hear the name differently in Allappey since it’s called different names in different cities and villages. Yup, that’s how big it is!
When I travel to any place, I do extensive research on all the options possible. I love to travel. And I want it to be the perfect experience. I asked a lot of my Mallu friends and they suggested various places, each one citing their native towns and villages. This time I didn’t want to go as a typical backpacker. For a change, I wanted to splurge a little extra and not compromise on luxury.
So I decided I wanted to stay in a boat house. Practically everyone I spoke to told me not to stay in one beyond one night since the second day can get very boring. I hunted around for resorts and that’s when I found Kumarakom Lake Resort.
I absolutely fell in love with the place!
The videos I found and the articles I read made me want to go there. However, as luck may have it, there weren’t any rooms available … okay, there were, but I wanted one with a private pool and that wasn’t available.
Finally, a deal came across. One night in a Kumarakom House Boat and another in Aveda Resort, Kumarakom. I instantly checked the place out and it looked beautiful. Not as big as Kumarakom Lake Resort, but it was definitely worth the offer that came to me. The house boat looked fantastic as well and I was sold.
I travelled mid-August by flight and landed in Kochi. Kumarakom is about 80 km away from Kochi and even though that isn’t very far, it took a little over two hours by cab from the airport. The roads are narrow but my timing to visit Kerala was perfect! The incessant rains had stopped only to be replaced by a bout of rain once every hour. When the rain stopped, the view was filled with lush green plants and empty roads.