MY FIRST HOUSEBOAT CRUISE IN THE ENCHANTING KERALA BACKWATERS

MY FIRST HOUSEBOAT CRUISE IN THE ENCHANTING KERALA BACKWATERS

My First  Houseboat Cruise in the Enchanting Kerala Backwaters

I had my first Houseboat  cruise in the enchanting Kerala Backwaters in Kerala, India.

That was about noon time when we arrived at   Alleppey (also known as Alappuzha). Known as the Venice of the East, Alleppey  is a popular tourist destination in Kerala, India because of its   backwaters. The place  was  62 kilometers   to the south of Kochi and 155 kilometers   north of Trivandrum. Alleppey is a  city  blessed with picturesque canals, enchanting backwaters, beautiful beaches, and amazing  lagoons.

MY FIRST HOUSEBOAT CRUISE IN THE ENCHANTING KERALA BACKWATERS

A nice welcome at the Kerala Backwaters

The heat was scorching when we arrived, but we have forgotten it’s  burning sensation when we were welcomed by the traditional drumbeaters of the Place. At the office of  the Lakes and Lagoons – one of the operators of Houseboats in the place, we were given a great reception with some leis and fresh coconut juice.  After a short while, we boarded a boat which brought us to our respected Houseboats.

I was included in the group of 3 French speaking bloggers together with 2 other French journalists who covered Kerala Blog Express 3 on its first few days.  I should say  they were all kind and charming as they really try to speak in English each time I was around. So thank you, Arnaud, Celine and Els  and 2 french journalists. I had a great time with you during our Kerala Trip, but most especially during our cruise.

MY FIRST HOUSEBOAT CRUISE IN THE ENCHANTING KERALA BACKWATERS

Houseboats cruising the Kerala Backwaters

Alleppey’s Backwaters

Gathered from our guide, the lifeline of Alleppey is its  large   inland network of huge  canals. The place  is  famous for its historic Aranmula Snake Boat Race   held every  second Saturday of August, every year. The Nehru boat race takes its name from India‘s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who inaugurated it  in 1952. The event is a famous activity in the place  as snake – boats, each manned by over a hundred oarsmen, cut through the waters like wind.

MY FIRST HOUSEBOAT CRUISE IN THE ENCHANTING KERALA BACKWATERS

experience sunset at the Kerala Backwaters

According to our guide, Kerala Backwaters act as a vital waterway for the transport of goods, people and their produce are often the only link between isolated villages and crowded towns. Kerala’s  backwater stretches over 1500 kms, with a network of 44 rivers, lagoons, and lakes from north to south. I was fascinated  with the unique  geographical feature of Alleppey  having the water in level with the land. This gives the advantage of getting a good vista  of the village life on shore while cruising on a backwater.

I was enthralled seeing the Palm lining the narrow canals winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields; the hectares of lotus flowers  were  sights to behold. While cruising I can’t help but to take several pictures of  flocks of ducks swimming around the banks and tiny birds flying across the sky remains a great testimony of the unique charm of Kerala.  How can I forget to experience the sunset while on the houseboat?

MY FIRST HOUSEBOAT CRUISE IN THE ENCHANTING KERALA BACKWATERS

various houseboats at the Kerala Backwaters

Houseboats of Alleppey

Cruising in  a Houseboat  or  ” Kettuvallam ” through the enchanting Kerala Backwaters is an experience which I like the most in my entire Kerala trip. I was fascinated seeing country boats of various types crisscross the path with local and international tourists.  It was a unique experience as this is as close as one can get to feel the vibrant life in the countryside of god’s own country.

It is interesting to note that the houseboats which gave so much popularity about Kerala  are country boats that were used in the early days for the transport of goods from the isolated interior villages to the towns. It is said that with the construction of  more roads and  bridges and the coming of more large ferry services, these  Kettuvallam gradually  went off the scene. A ride on a houseboat  is a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters.

MY FIRST HOUSEBOAT CRUISE IN THE ENCHANTING KERALA BACKWATERS

the interior of the houseboat where we stay during our Kerala Backwaters escapade

A houseboat is about 67 feet in length and has a width of around 13 feet in the middle.But what makes the houseboat really charming was the materials used in it such as  bamboo poles and mats, coconut fiber ropes,   coir carpets, etc.

The houseboats  which accommodated the 4 of us bloggers and 2 French journalists was owned by Lakes & Lagoons. The houseboat has a very comfortable  air-conditioned rooms and dining area. It has a private balcony with comfortable chairs, kitchen and toilet. The houseboat  has a three-member crew – a chef, driver & cabin assistant. After we have settled, we treated  a traditional Kerala lunch offering , of course, the local specialties.

I cannot help  but mention the hospitality and charm of the crew who made our cruise truly special.  I remember the time when I need to say “no thank you”,  each time they would come and ask should we need some food or snacks while we were having our cruise.

MY FIRST HOUSEBOAT CRUISE IN THE ENCHANTING KERALA BACKWATERS

ducks abounds at the backwaters of Kerala

About Lakes And Lagoons

Lakes & Lagoons is the first & only ISO 9001 – 2008 certified Houseboat Tour Company in Kerala. With a fleet of more than 21 luxury Houseboat, Lakes & Lagoons offer the best backwater cruise journeys.

LAKES & LAGOONS

DTPC Building, Pallathuruthy, Sanathanapuram P.O, Alleppey: 688 003

Tel: 0477 2266842 / 843 / 844

Fax: 0477 2266845

Email: info@lakeslagoons.com, lakes_lagoon@sify.com

MY FIRST HOUSEBOAT CRUISE IN THE ENCHANTING KERALA BACKWATERS

some of the bloggers at Lakes and Lagoons  (photo credits: Kerala Tourism)

MY FIRST HOUSEBOAT CRUISE IN THE ENCHANTING KERALA BACKWATERS

 with other International bloggers..cruising at the Kerala Backwaters

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jojo vito

I am an entrepreneur, management consultant and artist who loves to travel and share my experiences with others. If you want your place to be featured, for partnerships and sponsorships, etc. - email me at jovito_intraspec@yahoo.com My Blogs: www.thehappytrip.comwww.pinoybiznis.com ;  www.toponmylist.com ; www.intraspectraining.wordpress.com  www.homestylingideas.wordpress.com ;  www.jojovito.com 

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12 Comments:

  1. One of the best experiences during #KeralaBlogTrip

  2. wow these are really cute and it must be a really rewarding experience to ride in… i hope we have the same houseboats here in our country too… but with the current condition of our water, I don’t think you’ll get a great view… maybe in other provinces

  3. This is quite the experience being in a unique attraction in Kerala, India. It’s so beautiful plus its nice to interact with other cultures.

  4. Wow, I did not realize that the houseboat would that spacious inside. I like the charming materials and the furnishing. I’m also quite surprised that it even has air-conditioned rooms. What a unique experience. 🙂

  5. My best experience in Kerala and it was a pleasure to share a boat with you Jojo 🙂

  6. I also enjoyed our overnight stay in the houseboat last year. I will read the rest of your Kerala entries. I haven’t finished mine haha 😀

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