16 May 2011 Experience living on a houseboat in the Backwaters of Alleppey, Kerala
Alapuzha or Alleppey in English, is the backwater district of Kerala. It's a small town full of canals and stretches across the backwaters. Alleppey is also well known for the building of houseboats. It is a centre for fishing and marine products, coir and ayurvedic products. Marco Polo also called it ‘The Venice of the East’.
Alleppey is a prominent tourist destination in Kerala and has the very popular Vembanad lake that stretches upto Kochi. Most of all don’t not miss the boat race ; the Nehru Trophy boat race of Alleppey which takes place on the second Saturday of every August and features the gigantic snake-boats of Kerala, the chundans, once the battleships of the kings of Kerala.
Every boat is sponsored by a different village. With 120 rowers in each, competition is severe.
Alleppey is also home to the paddy fields of Kuttanad – ‘the rice bowl of Kerala’. Your boat ride will also take you to the unique paddy field farming which is done below sea level. There are historical sites also nearby that one can travel to such as the Mullackal Bhagvathi temple, the Karumadi Kuttanm- a black granite figure of Buddha and the Krishnapuram Palace. You can also go fishing in your houseboat and have your freshly caught fish for dinner.
Alleppey can be visted all through the year though the monsoon months from June to August may be a bit difficult in terms of getting around as the rain showers can be very heavy and electricity may be an issue in some areas.
It is about 65 km by road from Cochin via the NH 47. It is also an easy drive from Trivandrum, which is only 160 km away.
namastay.in has two great houseboat options in Alleppey and one in Kumarakom in Kerala:
This is a 150 year old traditional Kerala home. The house has been significantly built in wood.
There is a small courtyard and very nice verandah and sit out. The rooms are well furnished.
The antique furniture has been well preserved in this homestay. There is also a canal on the property where one can go boating or fishing. Both Indian and western cuisine is served.
· Houseboat on the Alleppey backwaters
The houseboat is constructed in an eco-friendly manner evolved from the traditional boat-making techniques of Kerala. It is spacious and as you cruise along the backwaters and the canals, enjoy the view of the paddy fields.
They serve both veg and non-veg food and traditional Kerala food. Continental food can be made to order.
Cruising here is a magical experience as you view the below sea level cultivation, churches & temples on the way, the villages and a chance to buy fresh fish form the fisherman fishing in the backwaters.
CCCruise the backwaters in this Boat House along the lush green paddy fields of Alleppey
Cruising the backwaters in Alleppey is a magical experience along the sights of the under sea level agriculture.
This is a wooden houseboat made in the old boat making techniques of Kerala.They are comfortable and spacious double bed rooms with two windows opening to the backwaters. There is an open sitting area on the front of the boat.
The cruise is for 21 hours beginning at 12 noon, we cruise till the evening and then halt on the backwaters for the night. The cruise resumes in the morning and we dock at 9 am.
A team assists you to visit the old temples and churches on the way. You can also stop at a village and take a walk in the paddy fields. They serve traditional Kerala food and one can also buy fresh fish from the fishermen which we can cook for you.
Hot water is available on request.