Monday, December 14, 2009

Cruising through the gentle backwaters...

This post comes 6 months too late, but this was such a magical part of our summer vacations in the backwaters of Alleppey this year, I just had to share it with all of you:-)

Our Kerala trip consisted of experiencing the backwaters as well as exploring the lanes of Fort Kochi, I have already shared our trip to Fort Cochin here & here...
Lake Palace Resort in Alleppey was where we stayed since it's located right on back waters.
For the 3 days that we stayed there we took 3 different boats to explore the backwaters.

Riceboats or Kettuvallams are traditional boats that were used in the olden days to transport rice and spices, today they can be hired for the whole day to cruise along the various canals of the backwaters.

The pace at which the boat cruises along is so lovely I recall dozing off every now and then between reading a paragraph of my book.
The riceboat then drops anchor at Lake Vembanad at noon, where the seasoned chefs in the boat's kitchen whip up hot lunch that can be savored at a leisurely pace while watching the other boats and marine birds...

Another day we took a smaller boat that takes you into the narrower canals where one can experience the daily life of people living on the banks of the backwaters.

Stopping now and then to sip some fresh tender coconut water and taking in the beauty of the place.

The last day we took a public transport boat which was lovely too with it's beautiful windows:-)
What a beautiful, serene journey it was...hope all of you visit the backwaters of Kerala at least once in your lives:-)