The houseboat cruise at backwaters of Kerala is one of the most serene, beautiful and peaceful things and this is a lifetime experience which no one can miss. The Kerala backwaters is a system of canals stretching across Kerala incorporating small rivers, lakes and lagoons, which lined by thousands of palm trees, paddy fields and colourful houses. The backwaters are the primary form of transport in this region for daily trade mainly spices. Houseboats carry spices towards the ports of Kochin and nearby areas on the Arabian Sea. We had booked well in advance for an overnight stay at the houseboat and boarded at Alleppey Jetty Point. It is a gateway to the backwaters as it is a favourite place amongst tourist for renting a houseboat and there are many operators to chose. The houseboat crew(sailor and cook) were warm, friendly and welcomed us with Nariyal Paani (Coconut Water) as a refreshment drink.
The main journey starting...
Ours was a one-room houseboat with an attached washroom. It had a kitchen and a nice dining area. The houseboat was equipped with a television, mobile charging points and magazines. The sailor gave us two route options -the lake ride or cruise thru the canal. We chose the canal route since we were keen to see the village life.