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Cruising in the backwaters of Alleppey in the lap of God’s Own Country

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One of the best vacations I had so far was in The God’s Own Country, Kerala in 2008. I was spellbound to see the beauty and diversity of the entire state. It was an 8-day trip and we covered Munnar, Thekkady, Kumarakom, Alleppey, Kovalam, and Kanyakumari. Each of these places has its own charm. I was blown away by the lush green tea plantations and hills of Munnar, the rich wildlife and cultural heritage of Thekkady. The windswept, stunning blue beach of Kovalam was amazing and the villages and backwaters of Alleppey and Kumarakom were mesmerizing too.
One thing that I was really looking forward was experiencing the azure blue backwaters cruising in a charming houseboat. Known as the Venice of India, Alleppey is said to be the most popular destination for backwaters in Kerala. It is the hub of backwaters and home to around 1000+ houseboats. In ancient times, houseboats were the major center of trade of rice and spices.

On the cruise!

After exploring Munnar and Thekkady, we reached Allepey on the 5th day of our travel. It was a 4 hours drive from Thekkady. We boarded the houseboat at 12 Noon from the boat jetty to Kumarakom. The staff greeted us warmly, offered coconut water as a welcome drink and informed about the entire trip. The room was well furnished with all the required amenities and comfort. There was a TV and comfortable seating arrangement in the lobby with an unrestricted view of the lush natural beauty and calm waters.
There was a kitchen in the houseboat where fresh meals were cooked with gusto. Fruits, snacks, and beverages were at our disposal. The vegetarian lunch and dinner thali included rice, authentic Kerala curry, papad, sambhar, salad, and many other traditional delicacies.

The scenic beauty!

As the boat speeds up, the strong breeze gushed in. We were isolated completely from the world as there was no network connection in our phones and no internet. Both of us could not keep our eyes off the stunning panoramic views.
We passed through a few villages, lagoons, lakes, paddy fields, fishermen and leisurely enjoyed the scenic beauty around us. The serene ambiance of the houseboat and drizzling added more to the fun.
 
In the dusk, the boat made its way to a quiet place to be tethered as per the Government rule till the next morning. Once the boat halted, we stepped out and walked through the villages in the cool air. It was quite dark and muddy so we decided to go back to the houseboat. Then the lavish spread was served and we enjoyed the local delicacies in a candlelight dinner. Everything around was so serene, pure and beautiful.
The next morning after relishing the breakfast, we ended the journey at Noon collecting enduring memories. The peacefulness, hospitality and enchanting beauty of the place were wonderful. I recommend everyone should experience this once in a lifetime.

Points to note:

  1. It is advisable to book KTDC houseboats as they are absolutely safe and trustworthy. As you would be aloof from the world, safety can’t be compromised.
  2. There is a facility of special arrangements like candlelight dinner, decoration, etc. for the honeymooners if informed prior to boarding, preferably at the time of booking the boat.
  3. Mosquito repellent is a must have as you would meet many interesting creatures all the way.
  4. Carry the first aid and medicine kit also.

Read my last post in the series Beach, Rain, Breeze, and Romance at The Benaulim Beach, Goa – An evening to cherish

Keep watching this space as tomorrow, I would be sharing my Divine Experience with HIM at The Golden Temple.

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Sitharaam Jayakumar
April 3, 2019 1:47 am

Though I have lived in Kerala for 14 years I have never taken a trip in a house boat. I have visited most places and they are indeed beautiful. Enjoyed reading your post.

Mann
April 3, 2019 5:40 am

There you go again. Vartika don’t tell me it was october 2008!!! Because, I’ll go crazy.😝😝😝 Honemoon in Kerala is one of the trips I had no part in planning. How do I tell…the surprises and concerns! Yes the security bell did keep ringing back in my mind, I won’t hesitate saying through out the houseboat ride! It was baseless though. Us being vegetarians, they prepared the most delicious food on houseboat. Memories 💓

Aditi Kapur
April 3, 2019 6:29 am

Seems to be a perfect holiday destination! Loved your pictures Vartika:)

Sonia Chatterjee
April 3, 2019 6:35 am

We visited Allepey, Athirapally and Kochi in 2013 on a three day trip. Loved the backwater cruise. Your post brings back memories.

Mayuri Nidigallu
April 3, 2019 7:29 am

Love the throwback pics, Vartika. I traveled the same route as you did, except Kanyakumari, and so agree with all you share about Kerala.

Suhasini
April 3, 2019 7:44 am

Wonderful tips. We are traveling to Alleppy in May

Amarjeet Sonia Madaan
April 3, 2019 8:26 am

Never been to Kerala but today through your blog It seems I have been. Beautifully penned. Enjoyed reading.

Abhijit
April 3, 2019 9:36 am

Kerala is a great place to visit. Like Kashmir, tourism is very important in this state. Plentiful of rain has created lush green forests and abundant water ways. Loved your pictures and the information.

Rashi Roy
April 3, 2019 10:13 am

Am yet to visit this beautiful place. Loved reading it and the pics are gorgeous

Puspanjalee Das Dutta
April 3, 2019 12:26 pm

That one is still in my bucket list. Loved reading the piece.

vidhya thakkar
April 3, 2019 12:28 pm

oye hoyee! loved the post and the pictures. I want to visit this place!

kushal
April 3, 2019 1:05 pm

Your post brought back many beautiful memories. Kerala is a beautiful destination and i love the green colour of the greenery there. It’s quite refreshing and vibrant. Great Post!

Surbhi Prapanna
April 3, 2019 1:16 pm

I have never been to Kerala but after reading your post wishing to go there soon. lovely clicks and thanks for sharing useful tips.

Deepika
April 3, 2019 2:12 pm

Kerala is in my wish list. Let’s see when I get to chance to visit. I will refer to the information provided by you. Thanks for sharing!

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Noor Anand Chawla
April 3, 2019 2:50 pm

Kerala is high-up on my travel bucket list. Loved the post and the sweet pictures 🙂

Alpana Deo
April 3, 2019 3:15 pm

We had plans of going to Kerala after our wedding but then made some changes in our plans and flew to USA. Witnessing backwaters and Kerala’s beauty is still in my bucket list.

Sanjota Purohit
April 3, 2019 4:15 pm

I have been to this place. Houseboat stay was amazing. They even arranged a candlelight dinner. It was one memorable trip 🙂

Deepa
Deepa
April 3, 2019 4:37 pm

Vartika, My Kerala post is coming up soon and looks like we are surely going to share cities as you said. It is, in fact, the most beautiful place I have ever seen. I was spellbound too.

Harjeet Kaur
April 3, 2019 5:07 pm

It surely is God’s own country. My daughter and I couldn’t stay on a houseboat as it wasn’t safe for us. You were on your honeymoon 🙂 God Bless! #blogchatterA2Z

Ujjwal mishra
April 3, 2019 5:34 pm

Kerala is synonym to natural beauty. You as newly married is adorable too.

pinakin joshi
April 3, 2019 6:38 pm

love the narration of your traveling experience. i have read so many blogs about Kerala, but this stands out.

Varsh
April 4, 2019 4:22 am

I’ve had a fantasy to be in one of these houseboats after I saw the song Oh Saathiya from Saaya. My parents went to this place for their second honeymoon and couldn’t stop gushing about its beauty. Hope to visit it soon with my family.

Aslam Khan
April 4, 2019 5:46 am

I always plan to visit Kerela but till date, I am not able to. Your post tempted me again. Well, just I need to omit the honeymoon package 😂. I need a family package

roopali
April 4, 2019 3:15 pm

Awesome photos and post.. It is on my bucket list since long time..

Shilpa Garg
April 4, 2019 3:51 pm

I have been to Alleppey many times for work. In fact was there in January this year. Love the scenic beauty of the backwaters of Kerala. Have never been in a houseboat but have heard a lot about the comfort, food and of course the mosquitoes. Great pictures, Vartika!

Anahita Irani
April 5, 2019 12:52 pm

I regret not taking a houseboat on our last visit. Your post brought back beautiful memories and thanks for the tips too.

Tina Basu
April 5, 2019 2:51 pm

I visited alleppey in 2015 and the backwater cruise was amazing. It’s has a charm of its own. Your photos look beautiful

RIDDHI JHALA
April 5, 2019 3:43 pm

Oh wow, thanks for sharing the post, I’ve been wanting to visit the Kerala back waters since the longest time now! This just made my planning more easier

Pallavi
April 5, 2019 7:31 pm

Kuddos to your trips I really envy u🐈 you are a true traveller.In between thanks for sharing such a wonderful post.

Sapna Bansal
April 5, 2019 7:53 pm

Akeley, seems to be a must visit place..Thanks for sharing the info

Preeti Chauhan
April 6, 2019 8:58 am

Kerala indeed is God’s Own Country with its beautiful backwaters of Alleppey and lush plantations. It is on my to visit list too !
A great place for honeymooners too – thanks for the tips .

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Varsha
April 14, 2019 2:04 pm

I’ve never been to Kerala but it is almost the same like Sindhudurg except for houseboats 🙂 This post made me re-think about my vacation and plan one soon 🙂
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