The Backwaters of Alleppy
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We decided to walk down the boardwalk and have breakfast at Malabar one last time to say good-bye to Maheen, our buddy who is the waiter at the place. Afterwards we packed up and said good-bye to
The train crept along for the three hour ride to Alleppy where we grabbed another tuk-tuk to take us to the Keraleeyam Ayurvedic Lake Resort which the driver claimed he knew. He didn’t and we bounced down dirt roads stopping to ask locals how the hell to find the place. Finally, we came to a small bridge over a canal and saw a sign pointing the way to the resort. We walked down the picturesque canal talking to three little school kids and eventually found the entrance (no thanks to the two employees standing there watching us look around for where to go…) The guy at the front desk was not particularly helpful and really difficult to understand. He must be the same brilliant guy that I called a couple of days ago asking about transportation who told me to call back the next day.
All in all, the place was nice enough but the employees seemed put out that we were even there. We did have a nice lunch, after which we were told we had to order dinner now if we wanted it tonight. We ended up napping a bit and then hanging out on our porch watching life on the river slowly meander by. The location is exotic and beautiful but there isn’t much to do and the ayurvedic massages we had in Kovalam proved to us that they were nothing too special so we opted out of any treatments here. We took a long walk into the town of
After breakfast, the front desk guy was actually vaguely helpful and we learned something new - you can’t call 800 numbers from a cell phone in India (go figure…) We were hoping to find out whether we could go to Goa a day early since Alleppy wasn‘t quite as exciting as we thought it would be. We finally got a hold of the less than brilliant “MakeMyTrip” travel company and, after he finally found our record, the guy on the phone tried to pawn me off to Indian Airlines.
We hired a boat for a couple of hours to cruise us around the backwaters which are truly beautiful. Lakes are inter-joined by small canals where the locals do their laundry, bathe, swim and fish at a leisurely pace. Fishing boats, canoes and huge house boats covered in thatch, some fancy, some simple, ply the waterways. It was actually very pretty and relaxing (but we will take a cruise on Suladan over this anyday!).
We made it to the train station and booked seats on the next train (even though the funny sign in the ticket window said “System Failure!” , then tried calling the Hilton to find out about staying.
Well it looks like it is a day of relaxing at the Hilton (perhaps having a “party with our friends!” at the empty executive lounge…) before heading off for our final days in