The best experience of cruising in houseboats in Alleppey

Houseboats in Alleppey
Houseboats in Alleppey

When we were trying to book our tour packages for exploring Kerala, we came across the tempting option of exploring the backwaters through houseboats in Alleppey. We started with delving into the basic facts which revealed that these houseboats were initially used in Kerala, for transporting rice and spices from Kuttanad to Kochi. What enthralled us was the fact that not a single nail was used to make these boats. Such a technical marvel, is not it?

It was only later when suddenly it did strike the Keralites that these houseboats can be used to enhance the power of their state’s tourism. So, started the entire idea of Kerala Houseboats in Alleppey and Kumarakom.

Slowly, their utility has integrated so well with the tourism market that now each houseboat has even eight rooms. With high international standards, they have bed rooms, kitchens, wash rooms and even balconies for angling.

Sometimes, these are paddled manually, like you would experience in punting in Cambridge, or there is a truck engine that is installed at the end of the boat.

Also, the very feel of these houseboats is different. This is because a special kind of wood, called the ‘anjili’ wood obtained from jack fruit is used to make them, though, the hull is made out of teak wood.

We were able to make the best of them because the houseboats in Alleppey are known for romantic getaways. And yes, there were so many couples we found, nurturing their affection. The fact that they belonged to different parts of the world and they had come to share their special moments in ‘God’s own country’ made it even more special to be at. The popular backwater destinations are Kollam, Kumarakom, Kochi, Kuttanad, Alleppey and others. The virgin and true beauty of the nature gets displayed by exploring the backwaters of Kerala.

With Kerala’s houseboats in Aleppey, we were able to explore the beauty of the traditional villages of Alleppey and their rustic lifestyles, be it toddy farming, fishing and others. Meanwhile, we also loved the fact that the moment we checked in, we were offered tender coconut water. Also, during the meal time, we were offered sumptuous dishes of fishes and prawns. Therefore, along with exploring other beautiful places in Kerala, it is important to delve into the tour of backwaters.

The houseboats are just like your own little home and it is just so relaxing. You get to see the unseen parts of Alleppey which you definitely cannot see by walking or by taking a ride. Its completely remarkable and in short, enlightening. So, what’s stopping you. If exploring Kerala is in the horizon, grab the houseboats tickets soon. Have a happy journey.

Posted on September 29th, 2014 by Caper Travel  |  Comments Off

Travel to Alleppey for a Truly Awesome Experience

While reading about Kerala in a travel magazine, I recalled my Alleppey Tour which I enjoyed with my husband last month. We planned our trip when the winters were approaching. Started from Delhi, we went Kerala by flight. This greatest tourist destination of India captivated our attention since our marriage. Eventually, we could plan it after 5 years but it was worth-doing.

Alleppey Houseboat Travel
Alleppey Houseboat Travel

Wherever I got to know about Alleppey, one thing common that I found was its backwaters. The increasing popularity of these backwaters forced us to visit them first. Alleppey backwaters are a network of natural waterways that connect different towns and villages in Kerala. Being beautiful and very peaceful, they offer you ample opportunities to relax.

As we wanted to make the most of our time so we stayed in a luxury hotel. It helped us to enjoy our tour at its best without worrying about the things like where to eat and stay.

The Alleppey canal side is worth to mention here. This is the most sophisticated way of seeing the land that envelops them. We went by houseboat which was truly an amazing house on a boat. Having never been on a houseboat I was very excited. The cruising on houseboats was a truly memorable experience. It felt great to be far away from the crowd of the city and that too, enjoying cruising amidst the water. By visiting beautiful backwaters and beaches, we made the most of our tour.

Alleppey Backwaters
Alleppey Backwaters

The crew was very supportive and it made our journey more comfortable. As we set off, my husband started admiring scenery and was also sharing his knowledge about this land. The cruise ended but we did not feel like detaching from that little houseboat. Keeping the delightful memories afresh in my heart, I headed to a small village with my husband. There we strolled around and captured the beautiful glimpses of the sunset.

The visit that we paid to Krishnapuram Palace, was one of its kind experience. Far away from the commotion of city life, being in a Greenland and you suddenly find something which you could only imagine is something that you cannot afford to miss. Built in 18th century by King Marthanda Varma, it is well-known for its impressive murals. Revealing the legend of Gajendramoksham, it houses a rich collection of antique sculpture, bronzes and paintings.

The shimmering backwaters, the peaceful journey and exciting cruising altogether made our Alleppey tour truly unforgettable.

Posted on December 21st, 2011 by Uma  |  Comments Off