One of my malayali friend really got pissed when many people asked her after seeing the movie vinnathandi varuvaya/ye maya chesave/ ek deewana tha ‘oh you people always travel through boat? you don’t have bus in Kerala?’ Well, to be clear, Kerala has all types of transport from auto to airplane. Of course, they do travel by boat in some part and one such place is Alleppey aka Alappuzha (‘zha’ should be pronounced as ‘la’ not ‘za’)
Proudly called as Venice of the east, Alappuzha has this unique tourist attraction called ‘house boat’.As the name indicates it is literally a house inside a boat which can sail through the water(backwaters of Vembanad Lake). Read on to know more about it.
There are different types of packages available at different rates. We went as a big group of family members, so we took two boats with 4 bedrooms in each. Even single bedroom boats are available which would be perfect for couples. We took one day and one night package, which starts around 11.30 am and ends on the next day 9.00 am including food.
The boat :
The front area consists of sofas and dining table with TV. then the bedrooms have beds for two and an attached bathroom. The back area consists of kitchen.
Generally 3 to 4 crew people come along with you for cooking and maneuvering the boat. Only the maneuverer sits in the front and remaining crew member stay in the back side. They know Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi (must be English too).You will be greeted with a welcome drink and the journey starts there.
The journey :
Actually speaking, you don’t have much to do once the journey starts other than enjoying the nature. If you are couple, surely the nature could give a romantic feel . But if you are bunch of youngsters or family with kids, I would advice you to plan something like game or music to keep you engaged.
The food :
Lunch, dinner and next day breakfast will be served. They serve both veg and non veg food as per your preference. The food tastes good and especially that fish fry. Tea and coffee will be served in the evening and next day morning .
Night at the boat :
The boat will be stopped in the night. You can get down and have a peaceful walk on the sides of the shore. You can see local people fishing. The DTH will get signals in the night so you can watch TV (you can’t watch when the boat is moving).
End of the journey :
The next day,after the breakfast, you will be dropped in the main shore. This is it. There are few packages with more than one night stay,which provides you stay in a resort. But I don’t know what is the purpose of it when you really have the accommodation inside the boat 🙂
Nearby attraction :
Kochi is like one hour journey and a biggest city from Alappuzha. There you can go for boating and see glimpses of Kochi port. Athirapalli falls known to be Niagara of India is 1 and half hour from Kochi (Ravan Movie famous).
- We took a whole Kerela package so don’t know how much exactly we spent for this house boat. It roughly starts from Inr 3000 and can go up to Inr 20,000.
- When I was browsing through few websites, I saw even American Breakfast is served on house boat. If you are choosy about food, select a service depending on that.
- The best months for visiting this place is November to February. If you wanna see the famous boat race then it is on first Saturday of August.
- As there is no much adventure or physical activity involved, you can wear whichever type of clothes you want 🙂
Do I recommend this place – If you are a couple, surely it a romantic place to visit. But if you are seeking adventure, you don’t have much to expect here.
If you have any experience on house boat, please share it in the comment box below 🙂