Kerala’s main attraction is its 1000’s of kilometres of backwaters. A series of waterways supporting rice paddies, wildlife and local villages. It’s a natural environment that truly is a spectacular and peaceful experience. A whole host of vessels leave from Allepey’s boat jetty every morning offering a range of options ranging from an hour long boat cruise, sunset tours to a full house boat experience with an overnight stay! Prices range from 750 rupees (£8.50) to 10,000+ rupees (£120+).
One great way (and of course which we did!), to see the backwaters is on the Kerala Transport company’s public ferry. A 2.5 hour journey connecting Allepey and Kottayam. It’s a pretty old wooden boat, crowded with locals but all in all a truly special authentic experience. Make your way to the front of the boat and watch the beauty unravel as the boat twists and turns through a series of vistas to reach its destination.
A great part of the journey is the interaction with the local families travelling to different villages. Miz spent her time teaching two little brothers ‘heads, shoulders knees and toes’ and did roughly a thousand high fives during the journey!
Birdlife on the waters was abundant. Palm trees and rice paddies stretched as far as the eyes could see. The backwaters lived up to expectations and all for the princely sum of 80 rupees for a return journey…less than a quid!
Enjoy everyone! X