For me – a Cochin-ite, Alleppey (Alappuzha) is really my backyard – I had never considered it as a place I would want to sight-see. Even when this whole houseboat tourism was picking up steam, I was wondering what the fuss was all about. Well, one recent trip to Alleppey, and I realized that Lord Curzon (Viceroy of the Indian Empire, early first decade of the 20th Century), didn’t exclaim ‘Alleppey, the Venice of the East‘ for nothing – the backwaters experience is magical, to say the least!
I was looking for a place close to Cochin to take my family (distended and extended) on a day-long outing. My search ended at Punnamada Resorts – a beautiful hotel overlooking the Punnamada Lake in Alleppey – which offered me a day package that consisted of the use of their resort facilities, lunch, tea and a boat trip.
A cruise through the backwaters of Alleppey in one of those magnificent houseboats of Kerala (Kettuvallom in Malayalam) is a must-do once you land up in this part of the world. Kettuvallom means ”stitched boat’ – so named because it is constructed by stitching together wooden planks with coconut ropes. Once used as a means to transport cargo through the backwaters, these boats come in various shapes and sizes. Various packages that fit one’s budget and duration are available, but we picked a short 2 hour one.
Here are some snaps from our day out. Lemme know what you think.
Here are a few bird’s eye view snaps of the magnificent backwaters from Kerala Tourism:
So have you been to Alleppey backwaters? What was your experience?