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Backwater Cruise | Alleppey
A journey to the God’s own country – (As local people used to call it)
Alleppe is a small town of Kerala (India). It has been remain a most desirable spot to visit for its backwater.
The Kerala backwaters are a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast (known as the Malabar Coast) of Kerala state. The network includes five large lakes linked by canals. Some of these are manmade and some are natural. These lakes are fed by 38 rivers, and extending virtually half the length of Kerala state. The backwaters were formed by the action of waves and shore currents creating low barrier islands across the mouths of the many rivers flowing down from the Western Ghats range.
The Kerala Backwaters are a network of interconnected canals, rivers, lakes and inlets, a labyrinthine system formed by more than 900 km of waterways.
It was my dream to visit that place and suddenly the dream came to a reality when I was assigned an official assignment at Kerala. Along with my wife and daughter I reached Kerala and as soon as I completed my job I hired a cab and started for my dream land.
My cab driver was a nice man. He was my guide cum driver. We reached Alleppe town by 3.00 PM. We took our launch in a roadside Dhaba (small restaurants) and checked in a small hotel near Alleppe beach.
The Alleppe beach was small but nice. We went there in the evening, enjoyed the sun set and took some photographs.
Next day at 10.30 AM we reached the boat Ghat (The starting point of the boat). Our driver had already booked a house boat where we will stay next 24 hours and the boat will roam around the lakes and canals of Alleppe backwater. It was such a nice experience; unless you see it yourself you won’t be able to dream it. From the outside the boat looks like a traditional boat, but inside you will get everything which you need to live a modern life. It has two AC bed rooms, one large living room on the front deck, a well equipped kitchen at the back and three crew members to look after you.
We were welcomed with a traditional welcome drink – the green coconut. Kerala is full of coconut trees. In local language Kerala means coconut and water .
We started our journey. Some times through small canals along the countryside villages and some times through large lakes. We forgot all our past life and enjoyed each and every moment keeping the cameras in our hands. We felt that we were blessed to roam in the heaven for a day and we must enjoy it the time goes up.
In the evening we were told that the boat will be anchored for the night and we were free to go down and roam around. We got down and had a walk through the narrow village road surrounded by mostly coconut trees. But we could not go far when the sky was covered with dark cloud and stormy wind started flowing. We rush to the boat and somehow got in before the rain starts.
The journey came to an end in the next morning 9 .00 AM. We thanked our crew members and got down from the boat. There we were greeted by our guide cum driver.
The experience was so nice that we still dream sometimes that we were roaming in the greenery of Kerala through a small canal surrounded by small villages full of coconut trees. I sincerely wish that you also have a chance to enjoy the same some days.
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