27.02.2015 - 27.02.2015 35 °C
The southern Indian state of Kerala is well known for its maze of canals through rice fields along the coast. The waterways are hundreds of kilometers long through the fertile soil and make a scenic backdrop for tourists to flock to.
A beautiful sunset in the backwaters.
The most popular thing by far is house boating from a place called Aleppy. A thousand or so house boats are based here and most do one night trips around the canals and back home. The day we paid $160 for an three bedroom houseboat that was like a little floating bamboo covered palace. There were three bedrooms (we paid the two bedroom price), three bathrooms, a kitchen, a sitting area and a large upper deck. The whole thing was finished surprisingly well considering the bamboo outside and was adorned with stainless steel railings, tiles in the bathroom, A/C at night and a TV upstairs. It came with a crew of three to cook and drive the boat.
A typical house boat
We boarded at noon, had a delicious Keralan lunch of fried fish, rice and sambar then took the afternoon to lounge on the upper deck, do some homeschooling, drink some beer and take in the scenic canals. Dinner was another delicious meal then we went to bed. For the first time on the trip Audrey and I actually got our very own bedroom at least until we realized that the A/C was either on or off, (ie freezing or boiling hot) and we had to split up and manage the switches in each of the rooms. So much for romance.
As close to a quiet moment as it gets.
The second part if our backwater experience was at a home stay 10km out of Aleppy. We are staying along the rice paddies in a little cottage just beside the house where the family lives. It is smoking hot and humid here during the day but cools off nicely at night. The family is an Indian family with two teenage daughters and they have spent seven years in London. It was very nice to walk the village meeting the local families and talk with someone who speaks excellent English about India. We had a lovely couple of days here and ate some of our best Indian meals. A couple of nights in Cochin to go to an Indian water park and we are off to Malaysia for a few days.