Trip at a Glance
Alappuzha, Kerala, India
Boat Tour, Sightseeing
Departure Day(s) and Time(s)
Allepy or Kumarakom
- Tourist attractions in Alleppey are Chettikulangara Bhagawathy Temple, Arthunkal Church, Krishnapuram Palace, Sri Krishna Temple in Ambalappuzha.
- Mata Amritanandamayi Ashram is 10 km from Kollam on the backwaters. The Ashram is a spiritual trust in India, runs a number of charitable programs,
- Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is located 12km from Kottayam on the banks of Vembanand Lake. Kumarakom offers a range of bird watching spots.
The essence of Kerala is its swaying palms and glistening waterways which come together to create the magical web of the backwaters. Here time flows at a measured pace merging yesterday and tomorrow into an enchanting today. Clearly the best way to enjoy the tranquility of the backwaters is to hire a houseboat. You could drift away lazily along palm lined banks sipping coconut water, dining on succulent crabs, fresh fish, steamed idlis, and freshly roasted bananas with the taste and consistency of baked custard until the light softens, the sun is low and gold and you realize you have drifted away into a dreamy evening!
The boats in which you explore the gentle rhythms of the backwaters are traditionally called Kettuvallams. They are beautifully furnished, complete with a dining area, bedroom with an attached bath and a kitchen. The cook doubles up as the captain with a 2 man crew.
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