The Backwaters of the Backwaters...
We left off in Part 1 of Kerala's backwaters with a great photo of a the Goddess of Light which you should head over and see.. My computer is working again and I now have access to the photos I promised you for the rest of this episode...
We stopped for lunch on the shady side of the river. Our personal chef made us a nice lunch in a typical Indian portion fashion. This means we had way too much to eat and had quite a lot of left overs... I can't stand wasting food!
A few photos before we go on?
Our next stop was in a small backwater village. We took a tour on a small canoe through the canals. It's a small island in the middle of the river that is criss-crossed with man made canals and ponds where they farm prawn. Our tour guide was really animated and sang Gangnam Style the whole time. He told us it was his daughter's doing... it's always on in his home and it got stuck in his head. It was just really funny to see this serious looking gentleman singing such a silly song!
Other than prawn, the village has a large coconut industry, so you see piles and piles of coconut shells everywhere. What an incredible life they seemed to have here, in the middle of the river, secluded from the rest of the world. The people seemed happy, kids were playing and at a certain time some would be collecting little water snails, for dinner I supposed. I really liked to see that there roads were the man made canals, I thought it was so interesting.
Saying goodbye to our awesome singing tour guide! We had to take a photo... you see how serious he looks? Next time you feel like judging a book by it's cover, think twice about that, you never know what you're gonna get!
It was almost time for dinner, we said goodbye and hopped back into our houseboat. We were offered some refreshments right away and as we sat down dinner was served! It was again deliciously made by our on-board chef who obviously took pride in his food. The captain found a nice quiet spot for sunset and we spent a lovely night gently rocking with the river.
We both slept like babies (if babies slept all that great... We found out this line is a fib, babies wake up all hours of the night!). Anyway we slept really well, woke up to a beautiful breakfast and headed back to town. We had booked ourselves a boat to Alleppey but hadn't realized it was going to be an 8 hour journey. Being on a boat where everyone is squeezed in there like sardines for that long wasn't really our cup of tea, so we canceled and took a train and stated our journey towards Goa. We were in need of a little western influence. Sometimes I need a little vacation from my vacation...
This was such an amazing cruise, we were both very satisfied and really happy to have taken the opportunity to do a houseboat tour of these incredible Kerala backwater ways. I will do it again if we go back to Kerala for sure!
Thanks again for reading our adventures..
- Episode 01 ~ Average length of a Honeymoon
- Episode 02 ~ When Giraffes and Camels Play
- Episode 03 ~ Something in the air smells of DMT
- Episode 04 ~ Port Blair and The Bambi Experience
- Episode 05 ~ Landing in Paradise... Finally!!!
- Episode 06 ~ Strange Beach Creatures on Niel Island
- Episode 07 ~ Delhi Belly in Port Blair...
- Episode 08 ~ Colors Everywhere!
- Episode 09 ~ Hallucinations From Beyond...
- Episode 10 ~ The Meeting of the Three Seas
- Episode 11 ~ Part 1-Backwater Gangnam Style
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