June 30, 2009
It was raining at mid night and we were anchored
in a house boat in Punnamada Lake, Alappuzha.
We were enjoying the glimpses of monsoon at Lake.
Alappuzha, the backwater hub of Kerala:
I had a trip to Alleppey-Kuttanad last month.
There were 12 friends in our team, from Ernakulam.
A trip in "KettuVallam"; it was my first experience
spending a full day and night in House Boat at Lake.
Normally the trip starts from noon to next morning.
We had booked a house boat online @ around 900 per head.
It includes food and accommodation charges.
Two and three bed room boats(with/ without A/C) are available.
Some boats have upper deck.
Rate varies depends on the team memeber count,
other facilities and season.
We will get boats at cheapest rate in monsoon season
(From June onwards)
Around 600 house boats are there in Alleppey Boat Jetty,
it was an amazing sight all boats anchored at Jetty.
Boats are well maintained and having Three Star facilities
(Kitchen, dining tables and attached bathrooms, bed rooms with A/c
blankets and mosquito nets)
Tour package also includes lunch, dinner, breakfast,
tea and refreshments.
Bachelors as well as family tourists equally could enjoy
the KettuVallam ride.
The ride will cover Kuttanad, Nedumudy, Chambakkulam etc...
Chambakkulam church is an interesting site.
House boat kitchen is always ready to serve us.
Boat staffs are ready to prepare additional dishes if we
provide them stuffs like
Karimeen, prawn, crab, duck etc...
We could buy them from markets situated at chambakkulam shore.
No additional payment for preparing the food.
Boat ride is prohibited in lake after 6 PM, most of the boats
will get anchored by this time and the rest of the night we have
to spend inside the boat itself, with other interesting "activities".
[It'll be much expensive buying beverages from boat itself]
Spend a full night at lake, enjoying the stars, "Nilaavu" and moon...
If you are lucky enough[like us] you could hear the heavenly music
created when the raindrops graze at lake surface.
How to reach:
From kochi you could reach Alappuzha by bus, 65 Kms.
Kochi-Aroor-Cherthala-Alappuzha.(Around 1.75 Hrs)
From Alleppey KSRTC bus stand, take an auto rikshaw(3 Kms)
to Boat Jetty.
Enjoy the "Kettuvallam" ride !!!
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