Friday 10/18/13 we made our way north to Alleppey for an overnight stay on a houseboat going through some of the scenic backwaters of Kerala. After about 5.5 hours on Kerala roads and in India traffic-flow we were thrilled to arrive. After that drive we realized that our original plans to go to Munnar and trekking in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary were too ambitious for our energy levels and timeline…
In the little Alleppey houseboat port, we had to board and walk through a very nice houseboat in order to board our 1-bedroom very modest boat that needed some good TLC. However, we were just staying over one night, so “roughing it” on a boat in disrepair was easily doable; we knew this experience was more about the views.
After agreeing to hire the 1-bedroom boat we were on with a 2-man crew for 10,000 rupees, including 3 fresh-cooked meals, we were given a tender coconut to sip from and found a chair to enjoy the views.
We passed very small and modest homes, many many other houseboats, locals on small outboard boats, and locals paddling by in canoes. Beautiful palm trees lined the waters edges. An occasional cow or three would be grazing while people bathed or washed laundry.
Each time a meal was served, and when we slept, our houseboat was pulled to the side of the lake or a canal and tied to a palm tree. For dinner, our crew pulled up to a local fisherman’s store and we purchased fresh scampi directly from him to be cooked to order. The food was really great and it’s worth spending one night on an Alleppey houseboat for the experience, however, you will spend a pretty penny compared to the cost of a home-stay or hotel and dinner out at a local restaurant.
A bit of houseboat advice
Check the quality of the bed and bring a mosquito net. The bed on our boat was really hard and although the windows had screens and the room had A/C, we kept the doors open during the day to air out the diesel exhaust.
Lunch on the boat was fantastic, but if you are squeamish about cleanliness, don’t look at the kitchen. Sometimes ignorance is bliss.
Janna Giles, Prana Vinyasa, Yoga, Yoga Instructor, Seattle, International, Adventure, Blessed, Gratitude, Grateful, Love, Joy Filled Life, Life Is Good, Good Life, Janná Giles, Vinyasa Yoga, Prana Vinyasa , Shiva Rea, Retreat