We finished off the tour back at Mr Jose's house after completing a full circuit of the backwaters. His wife had prepared a delicious lunch for us of dal, vegetable curry, Keralan rice, salad made from green beans from the garden and a popadom. In Andy's words it was 'MEGA'. After lunch we waited at the nearby jetty for a local ferry to take us back to Allepey.
We chatted to Mr Jose as we waited and got to know more about him. Before he ran the canoe day trips he was captain of a houseboat for fifteen years. He changed job because of the pollution and environmental damage the houseboats cause. This and the fact that we'd had the most insightful, relaxing and enjoyable day re-inforced for us that we'd made the right decision (for us) in skipping a houseboat stay.
I should make clear here that this is written without us actually having stayed on a houseboat. Our opinions are based purely on reviews we've read, conversations with other travellers and locals, and from watching the houseboats. Not for a minute are we suggesting this may not be great experience for other travellers, just that for us the alternatives suited us, our objectives, and budget better.
I hope you've enjoyed hearing about our backwater experience. I'm keen to write an imformative comparison of all the backwater options to help other travellers. However given we've only experienced two of these I'm going to need your help.
This post was originally published on Can Travel Will Travel.