The auto driver dropped us at alappuzha beach in barely five minutes. Dawn was on its way and the beach was deserted however within minutes the first ray of sunlight and the first morning walkers hit the beach easing our anxiousness. Still the peace and quiet we experienced just idling on the beach was surreal.
Since the house boat ride starts after 12 noon we had a six hours at hand. After playing with the waves and idling around for two hours we decided to go spice shopping in the market. Kerala after all is famous for spices. we took an auto rickshaw and reached mullakal street. First we had breakfast at Indian Coffee House there. The Dosa we ate there was very different from anything I ever had. Afterwards we bought several spices to take home as souvenirs.
Next stop was the backwaters which can be reached by taking auto from mullakal street to the starting point of houseboats. There are several private operators in the area. However we had a booking with KTDC. A single room houseboat stay for two people for a day cost us 10k rupees and that is definitely the best 10k I've spent of stay in my life. From the starting point we boarded a small boat that took us to the Houseboat.