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Houseboat on the backwaters

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I took a respite from the big city and ventured to the southern tip of India for relaxation in Kerala. What a fabulous and amazing place this is - tropical in setting with palm trees and peaceful ways in the backwaters. The people here are of such friendly and good natured character. I enjoyed a different aspect of India here. The houseboats are like floating hotels, complete with a staff that takes care of all your needs and serves the meals too, excellently prepared in the kitchen onboard the boat. The journey begins in the late morning, floating gently out of the dock and into the backwaters. The pace is slow and easy to enjoy the scenery. The boat stops after a couple hours in some reeds by the riverside for lunch that is well prepared.

Houseboat Movement
The crew really seem to enjoy pleasing their passengers. After lunch the boat takes off again and you just relax and take in the scenery, even have a nap in your cabin if desired. In the early evening the boat docks and there is free time for a walkabout to see some of the countryside and mingle with local people. Dinner is served onboard and there is time to enjoy the sunset. There is some biomass burning here and there on shore, but it's the local way. An overnight stay on the boat is quite comfortable - the rooms have a small AC unit if you need it. In the morning there is a light breakfast and off again for the morning trip back. It is amazing to see the houseboats heading back in numbers. Its is so very picturesque with the blue waters and morning light. It is a journey well worth taking and I highly recommend it. If you have a chance to get to Kerala you will see and experience a different perspective of India in culture, people, food and demeanor. A definite part of any itinerary to southern India. It remains one of my most memorable travel experiences for rest and relaxation.

spocklogic says:
Actually we made the arrangement for houseboat while in New Delhi, but the rest of the tour beyond Kochi we arranged with the Land Lakes Cruise Houseboat guy. It all worked out very well and not overly expensive.
Posted on: Dec 18, 2015
The-Jellyfish says:
did you book the tour from Kochi?
Posted on: Dec 18, 2015
spocklogic says:
This is in the backwaters of Kerala in the district of Alappuzha, also known as Alleppey.
Posted on: May 07, 2013
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Kerala (Southwestern India)
Kerala (Southwestern India)
Houseboat Movement
Houseboat Movement
Coconut Vision
Coconut Vision
Houseboat Cruise
Houseboat Cruise
Houseboat dock
Houseboat dock
All Aboard
All Aboard
Coconut Cheers!
Coconut Cheers!
Upperdeck pose
Upperdeck pose
Rowing on the Backwater
Rowing on the Backwater
Houseboat Docked
Houseboat Docked
Peaceful visions I
Peaceful visions I
Peaceful visions II
Peaceful visions II
Peaceful visions III
Peaceful visions III
Served on Board - Great Crew!
Served on Board - Great Crew!
Another on board meal - splendid!
Another on board meal - splendid!
Backwater Activity I
Backwater Activity I
Backwater Activity II
Backwater Activity II
Multicolored ducks
Multicolored ducks
Docking for a stop along the way
Docking for a stop along the way
Regine DeWees & Eliane petros - Bo…
Regine DeWees & Eliane petros - B…
Houseboat docked for the evening
Houseboat docked for the evening
Regine DeWees - Contemplative
Regine DeWees - Contemplative
Mingling with the locals
Mingling with the locals
Evening Walkabout - Me
Evening Walkabout - Me
Evening Walkabout - Regine
Evening Walkabout - Regine
Sunset I
Sunset I
Sunset II
Sunset II
Houseboat living
Houseboat living
Houseboat-stairs
Houseboat-stairs
Houseboat-topside
Houseboat-topside
Houseboat-hallway
Houseboat-hallway
Houseboat-kitchen
Houseboat-kitchen
Houseboat bedroom
Houseboat bedroom
Dockside morning
Dockside morning
Morning guy passing by
Morning guy passing by
Backwater Basking
Backwater Basking
Upperdeck view from the stern
Upperdeck view from the stern
Its not a race
It's not a race
Crusin
Crusin'
At peace
At peace
Happy relaxation
Happy relaxation
Thumbs Up!
Thumbs Up!
Exploration Pose
Exploration Pose
VIDEO I - Cruising the backwaters…
VIDEO II - Cruising the backwater…