After the walk, we had a delicious breakfast of omelette and bread followed by tea. We checked out of the room and waited for our pickup to the Backwaters.
Our homestay had arranged a 7 hour House Boat backwater cruise with traditional Kerala Lunch (through the operator named Destination Holidays) at the backwaters of Vypin, a small village-town located about 50 km before Alleppey, near Kottayam.
It cost us INR 1000 per person for the whole tour plus lunch, while the usual charges at Alleppey begin at about INR 500 per hour excluding lunch.
After about a one and a half hour ride in the Traveller through the towns of Fort Kochi, and crossing Ernakulam, we reached the spot and were escorted to our non mechanised houseboat. Our guide was a local, Thambi, who explained things to us and guided us in English.
We also saw the manufacturing of coir from dried coconut husk, the processing of clamshells into lime and came face to face with the "suicide fruit", a fruit deceptively similar to mangoes, that goes by the biological name of Cerbera odollam and results in death if ingested by humans. All the industries were village industries. And the villages were remote villages, not connected by roads, but only by canals and boats. It was a surreal experience to have traditional Kerala food, called Saapad, on one of the biggest mangrove islands in India, surrounded by happy little kids for whom we tourists were like fascinating oddities.
The unforgettable tour ended around 3.30 pm after which we were transported back to our rooms, and in our case to a relative's place from where we headed out to another trip, to the Tamil city of Coimbatore.
But that is a story for another time!
I hope you enjoyed reading about our sojourn in Kerala and also that I've convinced you to seek your God, the way I found a little bit of mine, in God's own country.