Today was our "lazying around" kinda day. After we checked-in to our hotel, we thought we'll relax, eat and by noon freshen up and visit the town. So we pretty much stuck by it! First stop for us was "Alleppey Backwaters"! Owing to my love for water bodies of any kind, backwaters had to be the first thing we would visit. We had enquired with the locals about ferries and we knew what to do. There are 2 kinds of ferries - Private and Govt. owned. Private ferries are quite expensive and on the other hand, Govt. owned ferries are too cheap. Why spend so much when you could get the same perks at a cheaper cost? So we hopped onto a Sarkar boat (as the locals call it) . The timing was just about right. If we were late by 5 mins, we had to wait for 1 hour or more. While the private boats can cost you around Rs.800-1600, Sarkar boats cost just Rs. 8/- I know it's just WOW!! We decided to get down in the last boat stop which would mean we had to take a 2 hour long journey. But we got to know from the conductor that the last ferry from the other side would be gone by the time we reached. So he helped us get down near a place where we could get the ferry back to the main town. Sweet people you see! Coming to the boat ride, the calm backwaters provided such a soothing experience. Alleppey is known as the "Venice of India" because the entire city is connected via canals and main commute is via ferries. It was just amazing to see ferries pass by unlike the usual bikes, cars, etc. we see on the roads. Nature was at it's best. After what I think was an hour long ride, we got down at the stop which the conductor recommended and waited for the return ferry. After about an hour and a half later, we reached the Boat Jetty (the ferry station just like bus stations). We had late lunch in one of the "Indian Coffee House" there (Trust me, there are a lot of them!!) Then we reached our hotel, changed into our beach wear and went to the famous Alleppey/Allapuzha Beach. It was evening already and the sun had set. To our surprise, there was a food festival going on near the beach. There was a huge crowd due to this. We spent some time in the beach and then tasted some wonderful delicacies. We packed dinner on the go from the same festival. We had to go to Kochi the next day so we called it the night after enquiring about train and bus timings.