Travelers Honeymoon ~ Episode 11 ~ Backwater Gangnam Style Part 1

in #travel3 years ago (edited)

We're Going on a Cruise!!!


Welcome to another episode of Jessi and Greg's Travelers Honeymoon, we got married once in the desert and once again by the sea... These are the stories of our Eight Month Honeymoon. What better test of compatibility is there than traveling on a shoestring with your partner....India can really make the best and the worst come out of you... sometimes it's Heaven and sometimes it's Hell!

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I apologize in advance. My computer will be down for a few more days and until it has been repaired this post will be the first part of episode 11 because all my photos are on my hard drive.


I am finally feeling 100% myself again!

One relaxing night in Kanyakumari after, having gone through a long journey of planes, ricksaws, trains and buses from our Andaman Islands honeymoon splurge, got me back to full power!

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We took another fabulous train ride, this time to go to Kerala. We had decided to go splurge on a house boat tour of the backwaters a while ago. When we met several people along our trip who told us about Kerala's backwater boats and to go to Kollam instead of Alappuzha for lower prices and the less crowded waterways, we followed their advice. We spent one night in a seedy hotel near the marina and in the morning walked over to hire a boat.

At the port, each rice boat operator have offices. As you can imagine when we approached the area where boats are hired swarms of sales agents came at us like flies on shit, they were like a pack of hungry dogs, each one of them trying to pull us into their little office to book a cruise. We were at the start of the low season and they were getting hungry! We stayed focused and friendly so that none of it bothered us and picked one of the sales agent who was the least annoying and who seemed to be the most sincere.

And we hired a boat for two days. The cruise was so nice, first going through the rivers was fun, we saw all these fishing boats, similar to our but all colorful. And there was all these large Chinese fishing nets set up by the shores. They are held by a frame that dips in the water at a certain time and rises out at the right time to collect as much fish as possible.

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You see how beautiful these boats are, the way they're made is so spectacular to me.

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The boat went through naturally made (for the most part) canals. There are so many different types of living situations along these shores. At times we would see giant fancy resorts while other times these little run down shacks, lived in by a families of fishermen. Everything was so green and beautiful and being pampered made it all worth every penny. We had drinks and snacks whenever we wanted them, we laid back on some lounge chairs to enjoyed the view!

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Ah Goddess of Light... I worship you!


Unfortunately, while my comuputer is down for repairs, I cannot access any more of our honeymoon photos. We will go on to the second part of our Kerala Backwater adventure ASAP, I promise.


Thanks again for reading our adventures...


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These boats look amazing, would love to see the pictures of one of the cabins.

They're so great right, I want to learn how to weave the bamboo like that. I'm not sure if I have a photo of the cabin.

Backwater Gangnam Style

Thats a nice caption !

btw, I am from Kerala and reading your experience is quite informative.

Haha thank you so much @bobinson. I wish we had stayed longer in Kerala it looks so beautiful.

The story behind Gangnam Style will come in part 2 of this post!

aha! btw have you seen the engine room ? Check out https://freebird.in/kerala-house-boats-engine-kitchen/

Oh wow, no I hadn't seen the engine room. I mean if you can call it a room... it's so small in there!

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ok, I must also admit that I didn't knew that house boats are available in kollam !

I don't know if it was in deed cheaper than Alappuzha (we didn't go to Alappuzha to find out). We found out through word of mouth!

In aleppey it will cost you a minimum 100 USD for 8 hours

Oh wow... if I remember correctly it was around US $120 for two days, including food, drinks and a canoe tour

Thats a very very good deal you have got ! if it was me, mostly they will charge 250

Like I said you know, that is if my memorry serves me right, otherwise the next number that comes to mind is 170.

Keep in mind too, the off season had just started and it also was in 2013.

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Looks amazing. I'd like to go to Kerala. We were going to drive our landdrover from Singapore to Northern Indian but am no longer sure we can be bothered shipping it from Australia and might just do trains or hire a landie when we are there. Honeymoon holidays are the best. Mind you, every time we are on holiday we just say it's another honeymoon. 15 years of that so far.

Ahah very cool... we take a trip every winter, sometimes even summer (northern hemisphere talk) but never called them honeymoons... I may have to steel this idea my friend, if you don't mind.

India is great by train! Though it takes some time to learn the ever evolving ticketing system.

That trip sounds like it would be anazing by the way. You should go for it, nothing is really ever "worth it" it will always cost too much, but it is definitively a good experience!

I fully agree with you on the boats. Such a fairy tail trip!

Cool to see another chapter of the honeymoon saga :)

Thank you @karinxxl. They were just so cool.

My computor is running again so I will be able to access more photos for the rest of the saga!

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