Friday, May 5, 2017

Houseboat, Alleppey

Date: 4th April 2017 - 5th April 2017

Travelers: Arun, Shilpi, Harsh, Muthusamy, Vijayalakshmi and Sneha

Timing: 12 Noon on day 1 to 9 AM day 2.

Fee: Covered as part of package.

Boat name: Pickadly classic legend.

Day 5 of our Kerala trip was to famed houseboat stay in Alleppey. Alappuzha is famous for the house boats in the backwaters. We reached Alappuzha around 11:30 and the boat was ready to pick us. We boarded the boat and the journey started around 12 noon. The houseboats will be driven till 5:30 PM or 6 and then anchored in a place. The boat will be stationed will next day 7:30 and the boat will start and drop the people around 9 AM next day. The ride was a memorable one. Though it was noon the wind was cool. We spent time watching the birds and trees around. We stopped for lunch near a farm. The simple lunch was tasty and filling. I slept for a while on the deck. Harsh kept running around and kept himself busy. The snack and tea was ready at 5 PM. The boat was anchored at 6 PM. This is when the trouble started. It was too humid and we started sweating like crazy. The AC will be turned on only from 9 PM. Please check with with your boat operator and get the AC from before even if you need to pay extra. We strolled around the area for some time and came back to the boat. We had dinner at 8 PM. The AC was switched on around 8:45 and the last 2 hours was the worst and it was a huge relief when the AC was on. The take the power and cable connection from the house in front. Not sure if it was all legal or just an understanding with the owners. All the pickadly boats were parked in one section and other boats next. Looks like it was all designated spot and they park always there. The water in the shower was not fast enough and the water was too salty. I guess the backwater is just loaded in the boat containers. It was bit tough to take bath as the water pressure was too slow in the shower. The breakfast was served at 7:30 and the boat started. We reached the parking again at 9 AM. Gopi was ready to pick us up.

Few pics from the trip.

Group pic.

Another houseboat wandering in the backwaters of Alleppey.

Mobile ice cream shop.

Lunch time.

Watching other boats and birds.

Selfie time.

Banana farm near which we had parked for lunch.

Another boat selling snacks to the kids.

Yummy fries is all we need.

Fishing.

Harsh had nice time playing.

Boat transport.

Watching TV in the evening.

Cozy bed in the room.

All set to return.

Harsh riding the boat back to the shore.

A different experience and we enjoyed it a lot except for that AC part.

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