Arrive Alleppey Noon Hours. “kettuvallam” Houseboat await for you with its Crew (Captain , Engineer, Cook) a fresh coconut pierced with straw to welcome you.
A sentence with drink, we already d’bordons for a first contact with the Backwaters and colors: fluorescent green coconut palms and banana trees line the banks , blue cloudless sky , omnipresent sun, refreshing breeze . In the early evening, leaving behind the shore lined with large squares and colorful villages of activity, we suddenly discover a haven of peace.
First dinner on board prepared by our cook and first night in the peace and quiet of this area of land and water.
Dinner and overnight on board
When we woke up , ducks swimming in ” single file ” panicked cries of our boatmen and return to the banks in a burst of wings. Coconut palms are rarer and now we pass large tracts of paddy fields which make the happiness of the inhabitants of Allappuzha . An intense white light envelops the landscape and the heat seems to stop everything.
Sheltered huge hedge mazes , myriads of birds come regularly inhabit around Vembanad is slipping silently among groves of bamboo that we have temporarily dislodge. Visit a Christian church Portuguese style . Teenage girls in uniform seem to welcome us and we never want to leave . . You may get a chance to see : the famous ” Snake Boat ” that are made here . Boat sacred race , where very sharp hundred rowers compete in August , the famous regattas ” Nehru Trophy .”Dinner and overnight on board
In the morning bustle of the surroundings of “Vembanadu ” is marked by an intense traffic of boats loaded with rice, coconut, coconut coir used for making ropes. Visit a rope entirely by hand using coconut fibers previously dried and intertwined with each other.
Further, a village offers us the way visiting a fish market, spread over a net to land , among a heap of pottery and various fruits. Another long stretches along a noisy road where cross trucks, bicycles, scooters and street vendors. ( The childrens in the villages will follow you with usual practice !!!!! so you may keep some” price less gifts for them to make them happy )
In this region of Alleppey , the boundary between the Indian Ocean and the Backwaters , a simple strip of land separating the two waters or let them communicate through a narrow pass . We are at the heart of the Venice of the East …
In these places rarely visited by foreigners, children are shy. Tapering to each other, they hide behind the laughter. The boat restarts leaving behind hands fluttering.
Channels become narrower , water hyacinths and other floating vegetation slow our boat forcing the crew to handle bamboo canes to release the boat.Dinner and overnight on board.
Wake up early . Enjoying our breakfast, we walk along the shore where the villagers alive recover from silt . Trikunnipuzha destination , a small town divided into two between the lake and the national ” Highway” – Continuing our slow progress on these natural channels , we enter into a plant profusion that passes under our eyes. Wedged between the canal and the ocean, Thottappally marks a new stage . Eyes sparkling with curiosity , smiles discovering beautiful white teeth , women and children crowded around us, curious about this casual encounter . Visit Church and Bhudha Statue at karumadi village.
We meet many canoes and fishing rights over their proud boats pushing their bamboo poles a steady pace and almost mechanical. Her brow with a white cloth , they greet us with a wave of the hand.
The sun sets gently kissing the horizon of a sudden the landscape. Near Thakazhi, we anchor for the night in the middle of a small lake. Dinner and overnight on board
Awakened at dawn by a swarm of fishermen from their nets to meet challenging, this new day starts with a traditional breakfast of Kerala, “disembark at Kayakulam Jetty & ” drive to Next nearest destination Kovalam for beach stay either next destination.