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:-)

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've been to Alleppey too and your pictures took me back to those tranquil hours on the backwaters :-)

- Prathima

Preeti Kashyap said...

loved the pics!...wish I was in India

Archana said...

We just took a trip to Alleppey in November and it was just breathtaking. Loved your blog, the posts, the pictures and most importantly, got me out of my reverie and the myriad plans in my head...on to doing something. I am about to shift cities due to my husband's transfer and will be setting up a new home. Your decor ideas were lovely, thanks for posting and sharing. Arch (BTW i'm arch too :-)

Dora said...

truly beautiful and exotic pics.Reflects the beauty india has within .enjoyed going through ur post..loking forward for more...

pRiyA said...

one day...one day...i will ask you all about it and visit here!

megha punater said...

its on my list for the next time. super pics arc, loved the photo with your daughter sitting in the front of the boat :)

Deepa Raman said...

the last pic is so beautilful..well captured..
.backwater trip in the boathouse with your favourite food served on boat....i got to go next year..

Manasa said...

Lovely pics.. no wonder kerala is known "gods own country" :)

Mumbai Paused said...

My grandparents live in Alapuzha. But am yet to take one of these new houseboats. Must check them out on my next trip there.

Shireena said...

what a lovely time! Nicely captured and seemed peaceful - I'm sure it was difficult to leave after 3 days. =) I will definitely have to check out the lake palace where you stayed - I'm such a fan of the floating palaces throughout India.
Happy New Year.

asthma fabrics said...

The views are so relaxing. It must be so nice to have vacation on these places.

work from home said...

Wow! These are breathtaking views. I love it. Thanks for sharing these.

Chandan said...

Love the pics Arch, takes me to another world. Love the ones of the feet, little and big.. sweet : )

Lachu said...

Thank you sooo much for posting this.. My hometown is Alleppey and i feel sooo proud at this moment after reading your beautiful post that i belong there... It brought me tears in my eyes... havn't visited for last 2 and half years and i am terribly homesick. I've planned my vacation next month and your post made me jump with very thought its not far when i'll be cruising thro the backwaters....