Last July, we did a family trip to Kerala, India. The main reason why we went there is to attend a relative’s wedding but we decided to make it like a family trip as well. So, basically it’s like killing 2 birds with a stone.
The best part being in Cochi, Kerala is shopping of course. Since our currency rate is much higher in India, we did hell of a shopping there… hahaha… in fact, this year I have the most clothes for Deepavali. Yes, I did my Deepavali shopping very very early this year.
Anyway, let me tell you about one of the tourist attraction in Kerala which is their Houseboat. They practically build a house on a boat… unbelievable.. hahaha… Although there are many places in Kerala offer Houseboat trip, we picked Alleppey. The houseboat organised by Bethel Tour was a 2 storey, which has 2 rooms each in upper and lower deck. However, since we only booked 2 rooms, we were allowed to pick 2 rooms out of the 4 rooms. We picked the upper deck because the view there was much better. By the way, all the rooms are air-conditioned but not the entire boat though. Our boat journey started at about 9.30am, the surrounding area was so beautiful and I love the feeling when the gentle breeze blew across my face. Words alone can’t describe how wonderful the feeling was, you’ve got to experience it yourself.
I kept clicking away my DSLR throughout the journey. Thank god, we are no longer in negative film era. Bless the person who invented digital memory card We didn’t do much activity in the boat, we just enjoyed the scenic view and the gentle breeze of air. Around noon, our lunch was served. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that, we were not the only one on the boat. There were 3 more persons, Boat Driver (is what we call), The Cook and his assistant. Technically, you don’t need to do anything because everything is taken care by these 3 helpful people. As for the lunch, they served some chicken, vegetables and curries but if you want extra, you can request to the driver to stop by at a stall like shop which is located near the river bank.
If you are not a heavy eater, I would highly suggest not to buy from the stall because dinner is provided. So, anything you buy from the stall is EXTRA and you may end up not finishing the meal. At least, that what happened to us, we were so stuffed that we could barely move after our dinner.. hehehe
Unfortunately, we had to cut short our trip because Alleppey was on ‘Bandh’ the following day. So, instead of reaching the shore at 9am, we had to arrive there at 4am because we had to drive out of Alleppey by 6am. Otherwise, we will not be able to go out at all. ‘Bandh’ means all shops are closed and everyone practically have to stay home. Technically, it is like ‘Darurat’ in their state. It was an experience to be remembered though driving out fast from the district, I felt like I was a fugitive or some sort… hahaha… In fact, I was thinking will there be some men attacking our van like in the Tamil movie… Nothing happened though, it was a smooth journey driving out of the town.
Tips: I would highly suggest to buy Odomos in any pharmacies in India. At night, there are lots of mosquitoes, so using the Odomos is really helpful to keep the mosquitoes away.
Some more pictures of the beautiful backwaters:
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Vinnilaa is a makeup enthusiast with multiple gadgets who loves to travel. She blogs mostly about beauty but when she travels, she shares it with her readers as well.