My guide came there in sometime along with a Chinese gentleman Martin who would also kayak with me. He looked like he was in his mid twenties, athletic built and he had long hair. So we were taken to the boat from where my most memorable 8 hours was about to start. We got into the boat and were taken to the place from where we could collect our kayaks and life jackets.
I have zero knowledge of swimming but I lied to our guide that I could 'float' in water with a life jacket on because swimming for mandatory. I have no idea what he interpreted when I said 'float with a life jacket on'. I was taught how to sit on the kayak and proper way of rowing. Martin knew it as he had done it earlier in Indonesia.
Activities for the day was set. Kayak for 1 hour, eat local cuisine at a local restaurant ( It wasn't a restaurant exactly. It was a very small dining place with seating for only 4 people), relax in the boat for 20 minutes while it passed through the bigger canals and then kayak for 1 hour again through the smaller canals, get into the boat, kayak for 1 hour, get into the boat and then if we have enough strength kayak for one more hour, snacks at a local place and back to the place where it all started in the morning.
I was on my kayak and I was rowing through the captivating canals of Alleppy backwaters. It felt more like I was sitting in top of the water, I was so close to the water.
Kayaking through the canal was no less that driving through Bangalore traffic. Water in place of roads. Boats, lots and lots of boats in all sizes were moving across the canals. I being the less mightier one in my kayak had to wait till the bigger boats had passed and made way for me. Every time a big house boat passed by me, it felt like there was an earthquake, as that would create a lot of tension in the water and balancing was difficult, but with time I became a pro at it.
There were ferry boats rowing to and fro. There were lots of house boats in different sizes moving leisurely.