Thursday, December 8, 2016

Kerala - Alleppey Houseboat Overnight Stay


I went galloping again. Yes, I did. In other words, another of my travel venture within the next couple of months upon returning from Hokkaido/Sapporo. Supposedly also so close to travelling alone (Travelling Alone When You Married) but since the couple I met during my Vietnam/Cambodia solo-tour-venture (Sri Lanka) eagerly joined in, it ended up as travelling together. Honestly, I didn’t mind because this couple presumably are the only people so far I have clicked with as travel buddies. In fact, when we travelled together to Chiangmai/Chiangrai/Myammar, we had no issues whatsoever with money matters and getting along well.


For this 6 days all included complete package Kerala vacation, aka “Best of Kerala”, for the first time ever, we wanted to experience flying with Malindo Air. Definitely a strong wrong call. Let me tell you why. After the tightest hug from my other half who accompanied me till the last minute prior to checking in, unfortunately flight was delayed for at least two hours. Then again, such is a norm as well as with Air Asia, I shouldn’t really brood over it. But, when it came to boarding, I couldn’t really comprehend what’s with pushing and rushing restless passengers. As though flight will take off without them, seriously, I couldn’t also understand what’s with trying to jump queue and rushing again to place bags in the compartments. Thereafter, once flight took off, some of them couldn’t keep their volume down, some walked up and down aimlessly for no apparent reason and a few wanted to swap seats to sit together with their family. Gosh, rather puzzling. The stewardesses on the other hand wouldn’t do anything except watch, by the time we cleared immigration in Cochin and were driven to Travancore Hotel, it was already 2.30am. 

Albeit considered way past my bed time, I couldn’t sleep. That is always the case when I have to sleep alone while travelling even though protected by my night time protector Lord Ganesha statue. Nevertheless, I still managed to sleep for maybe 3 to 4 hours. Next morning after tucking into the ample spread of the fabulous Kerala buffet breakfast, we departed to Alleppey for the main highlight and world known houseboat overnight tour/stay.

Dubbed as the “Venice of the East”, the backwaters of Alappuzha is undoubtedly a joyous escape. Really. I loved everything from the moment we arrived at the bankside pier to hop into the traditionally called as “Kettuvallam” houseboat.
Made from local materials like bamboo poles, coconut fibre, ropes, bamboo mats, carpets etc, this eco-friendly, majestic and comfortable A/C Deluxe houseboat is furnished with an open lounge, bath attached bedroom and a kitchenette.
Additionally, drifting slowly in it via Kerala backwaters lying parallel to the Arabian sea coast, aka Malabar Coast, is truly a sight to lo and behold. Simply splendid to primarily admire nature while cruising pass paddy fields and coconut palm and stopping in between to buy the fresh seafood which later will be cooked on board. Ultimately, houseboat stay is about doing nothing throughout the whole cruise except unwind by tucking your tummy over the delicious traditional Kerala cuisine, lazing around, sleeping in or drifting your body, mind and soul by also viewing the mirror still lagoons, picture book lakesides, palm fringed canals, and shores bustling with daily life glimpses in the country side.  















However, when it gets dark, you better shut yourself in the room. Otherwise, you will be massively bitten by mosquitoes. Moreover, the cleanliness of the pillows and bed-sheets can be debated and since water is sort of rationed, forget about a good shower except maybe washing up before night fall or the next morning. Hopefully you have also packed towels and every other essential/necessary toiletries.

Having said that, Kerala/Alleppey overnight houseboat stay overall is a sheer pleasure. The humble down to earth boat guys know what they are doing, food again said as a fab and this cruise is ensured will encapsulate the essence of how a relaxing vacation should be. But a day of its bountifulness is good enough. Anymore will bore you because I don’t think you will enjoy the local tv programs and compared to the comfort zone of a hotel, houseboat is not.   

The next morning after tucking into another round of a sumptuous typical Kerala meal, before we docked out, tipping the boats guys for their deserving warmest hospitality certainly put a broad smile on their faces.  




To be continued in the next post.

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18 comments:

  1. It looks like that you had a great time!

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  2. Lucky girl ! One of my friends went on such a boat there once. I recognized that from the pictures. Travelling alone must be little tough. Forget alone... I couldn't even travel anywhere after my two little ones were born. Thanks for the lovely pictures ! Someday... I would love to visit Kerala.

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  3. Such a beautiful place
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  4. everything in the post is simply superb :)enjoy the stay nava

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  5. Though I have practically lived my whole life in Kerala, I have never been on a houseboat.. Your post makes me wanna change my bucket list now :)

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  6. The seafood so fresh looking.

    It's a good experience in the houseboat. I think i might last a day or two in there.

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  7. hay... how are you now.. for a long time i did not here

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  8. wow im so excited..its my place!!!!!!love your post and pics..especially ela ada and puttu :P

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  9. I have never had an overnight stay, but went on a 3 hour long boat ride! I really appreciate how you went on alone to Kerala, while I would never be comfortable in my own place... :D Looking forward to reading the continuation posts...

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  10. One of the places I would love to visit. Great shots! xoxo

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  11. This place is closer to my husbands native place.I have been there in house boat a couple of times and not overnight stay. Enjoy your days Nava :) Waiting for the upcoming posts :)

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  12. One awesome place on Earth!! God's own country.. Must visit..

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  13. Kerala has been on my wishlist forever.. Loved everything.. I love their food as well.

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  14. Kerala is beautiful ..love being there ..never stayed in the house boat though ..lovely post and you look gorgeous ..

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  15. I accept, it is a good place to spend a day and not more than that.

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  16. House boat is such a beautiful place we should try atleast once. Thanks for reviving those Pleasant memories

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  17. Oh you have thoroughly enjoyed> way to go. I havent been to Allepey though it was Kerala is a neibhouring state. This article inspires me. I am sure I ll go there during my next visit to India. Nice clicks dear

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