Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Kerala Backwaters ~ Travelling In Houseboat for 24 hours

The Backwaters of Kerala ~ mesmerizing,  stunningly beautiful and incredibly soul stirring!! The Kerala backwaters are an experience in itself and is a must visit in a lifetime for any traveler.
I spent 24 hours along with the husband(afternoon, evening and overnight) travelling and living in a houseboat in backwaters of Kumarakom, Kerala and the memories are etched eternally in my mind and heart.

The backwaters of Kumarakom and Allepy are most popular among travelers. We booked one houseboat exclusively for ourselves for one day and one night excursion through the backwaters of Kumaraom, into Vembanad Lake and back to Kumarakom. 

Our Houseboat

For a city person, the backwaters seem unnervingly calm and slow initially; life in and around the backwaters seem to move at a snail's pace (including the houseboat one is travelling in!!). However, in a while, the calmness pervades the soul within and taking a deep breath, I began to enjoy the stunning scenery around me, the lovely soft breeze on the skin and the gentle sounds of the water.

The backwaters offer a wonderful variety of scenes, of daily life of the natives (as its very much part of the daily life and trade of the native population of coastal Kerala).



Chinese Fishing Nets  - used by local fishermen still

Meandering through the narrow channels of Kumarakom backwaters, the houseboat slowly traveled into the waters of the Vembanad Lake (one of the largest lakes in India) into late afternoon.  
The lake is truely maginficent and is one of the major wetland listed under U.N. Ramsar convention(read details here).

The houseboat was tethered at some point in the Lake, where we could watch the views while the crew prepared lunch for us. It was an incredible life, those moments, while we lay down and watched the world go by!! (Literally!!)

The lunch was simple yet delicious, being made of fresh and local ingredients. The husband particularly loved the fish!!

Post lunch, our boat again headed lazingly from Vembanad lake, into one of the narrower backwater channels and we lost track of time. Only, when the sun began to set, did we realize it was evening.

Sunset in the backwaters is a speechless experience, there are no words to describe it, but one has to be there and feel it!!

The night was spent chatting with the crew (they were a friendly and helpful lot!!) having dinner and going to bed early, since we did not want to miss out on watching the early sunrise.

The morning came, quiet and pristine in its beauty. 

However, the only time the backwaters seem to be in a state of considerable traffic is in the mornings , when the fishermen (in their various sized boats) set to work. It was a nice experience watching them hard at work.

While the fishermen worked, we had our breakfast, which was piping hot idlis and sambar!! The houseboat travelled slowly and we enjoyed the sights as we had our food.

With the end of breakfast, we had also come to the end of our backwaters journey in Kerala. the boat moored to the jetty and we bid adieu to our crew.

I would definitely go back for another experience of the incredible backwaters of Kerala, and wish every traveler goes here just once!!

Happy Travels!!

You can read my other posts n Kerala here and here
Also see this and other travel photos at my FaceBook Page


41 comments:

R Niranjan Das said...

Wow!! Those are some amazing captures. Nice write up about your backwater sojourn.

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Shilpa Garg said...

Oh My!! That must have been an awesome time! Amazing beauty all around and so serene and beautiful too! :)

magiceye said...

Would love to experience this!

You have presented the boat ride so beautifully!

Sanaya Pandit said...

love the pictures, i have always wanted to go to kerala. but never got a chance.

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Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Great series of pics from Kerala backwaters. It must have been a scintillating,spectacular,incredible,amazingly romantic cruise ! You have started the Year 2013 with a big bang ! Keep it up and wishing you lots of romantic holidays this year. And Happy Valentines Day Sushmita !

Vix said...

Gorgeous photos! I was in Kerala last year and also 2009. We hired a country boat (couldn'nt afford a houseboat) and it was wonderful! xxx

Beth said...

Dreamy. Stunning. Your photos are wonderful.

eye in the sky said...

Ohmygoodness. Such beautiful photos. I've been to the backwaters once but opted for the day tour which, I am sure, can never compare to staying overnight on a houseboat. Love the white pagoda-style church structure which, I noticed, is very characteristic of Kerala... lots of religious structures/altars rising from the ground. Beautiful. :)

eileeninmd said...

What a great post, I enjoyed the photos of your travels and the houseboat. And the scenery is gorgeous. Lovely photos!

The Gardener said...

Very good narrative and wonderful photos, particularly 'The morning came...'.

Rajvi Bhow @ Straight talk said...

You've got some beautiful pictures.. I've been to kerala but when to the Tea growing land Munnar.. missed out on the backwaters..Is this Allepey?

shooting star said...

@rajvi - as mentioned in the beginning of the post(if u cared to read) this is kumarakom

ladyfi said...

Wow wow wow - what amazingly gorgeous shots of this beautiful place!

Khushbu Verma said...

Awesome pictures dear. Kerla is indeed very beautiful. Very nice post.

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Sacramento Amate said...

Thank you for taking me to this wild trip, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I would love to do it one day.
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Shalu Sharma said...

Kerala backwaters are truly amazing. It can be so calm and quite. Absolutely amazing.

Adithya Shetty said...

Nice!

George said...

Thank you for sharing your adventure with us. Your photos are absolutely beautiful. I would truly enjoy the opportunity to take a cruise such as this.

Unknown said...

amazing captures

aliasgarmukhtiar mukhtiar said...

beautiful

Kalyan said...

simply beautifully captured shots...lovely place to be!

Avik chatterjee said...

Surely love to have the backwater experience. Pictures are also great.

Lipsy said...

Looks so calm and serene !!
Lovestruck with Zovi!!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Well I've certainly learned something new today and am pondering an addition to my bucket list. What an adventure well documented and photographed. Thank you for sharing.

Tomichan Matheikal said...

Fabulous pictures.

Defiant Princess said...

The pictures are so beautifully! Aptly capture the serenity of the place. Makes me wanna be there and experience it myself :)


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AmitAag said...

Breathtakingly beautiful pics:) A grand post:)

D.Nambiar said...

Sush, simply amazing shots. That coupled with the write up, make us readers feel like we were part of your backwater cruise.

So glad to know how you enjoyed the trip. I'm pretty sure a good number of your readers are already planning their trips to the backwaters of Kerala. :)

Once again -- superb pictures!!

Bushra said...

WOW! Magnificient pics! Just LOVED them!! A real treat to the eyes!

Puru@ShadowsGalore said...

You have captured God's own backwaters brilliantly ! I loved the photographs :) Keep clicking.

Sneo said...

the two boat pics are totally cool. also the cathedral. good pics!!! keep going!

Irene said...

What a journey .... awesome captures!

Irene

Rajesh said...

Very scenic. This is a lifetime experience.

Arnab Maity said...

Beautiful captures. You have woven your words and the frames in the most wonderful way.

Purba said...

Sounds like bliss to me!

Ramakant Pradhan said...

Kerala is a lovely place, aptly called God's own country. And your pictures have done full justice to it. Have been to Kerala on a few occasions but yet to try out the house boat. Seems I have been missing out on something great fun.

sumeetha manikandan said...

Nice pics. I am planning a kerala holiday this Summer. Will definitely check out those houseboats :)

Ivana Džidić said...

thanks for sharing...magical place!

Mary { Something Nice } said...

Great photos!!

a Rat said...

Lovely set of photos..

visit my latest picture post of Kerala..

A Rat's Nibble - Destination Kerala

Krishna said...

wow! amazing photos and nice write-up

thanks for sharing

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