Spending first few days in the jungles and gardens of Kerala, exploring the tea plantations, wildlife, forests and farms of Kerala, Trip to God’s Own Country, Kerala- Forests & farms, we then set out for the backwaters of Kerala.
Allepey: Allepey is popular among tourists for its backwaters and houseboats. Journey from Thekkady to Allepey was long & daunting. Enroute we came across this splendid waterfall which was much-needed respite from the scorching summer heat. It was such a blessing in disguise.
When we reached Allepey, we just wanted to crash on bed. And apparently that’s all we did there. Allepey is renowned for its backwaters and its houseboats traditionally known as kettuvallams. These houseboats were traditionally used to transport the rice harvested in the fertile fields alongside the backwaters. At some point in time, the boats were used by the royalty as living quarters. Transformed to accommodate tourists, the houseboats have become floating cottages having a sleeping area, a dining area, western-style toilets, and a sit out on the deck. We had booked a 3 bedroom houseboat for one night stay. The living-dining room was open on at three sides giving a panoramic view of the surroundings.
The boat slowly drifted through the backwaters and all my anxieties started drifting away with it. The serenity of that place can soothe a tired soul. The boat passed through quaint villages, the rice paddy fields, and banana and coconut palm trees along the shore. It was a perfect metaphor for beauty in simplicity. We also saw the Govt run ferry boats with localities returning to their homes from schools or work
At evening our boat was parked near some small village. We got down the boat to have a tour of this village, plucked some fresh ripe mangoes from the trees (with due permission of the friendly villager) and had a little chat with them knowing their way of life there. At night, we were served traditional Keralite cuisine by the boat staff. The food was delicious with generous use of coconut and spices in the dishes.
The experience of sailing & staying at houseboat in Kerala was truly divine. After this blissful stay at Allepey, we left for Kovalam.
Kovalam: Kovalam is most famous for its pristine beaches with shallow waters and low tidal waves making it very suitable for surfing and motorboat riding. The most developed of Kerala’s beaches, Kovalam boats of best beach with lighthouse.
We managed to reach the beach after sunset. To my dismay, the beach was crowded that day, may be because it was a weekend. However the beach was very clean and beautiful, May be it would have been a better experience had we visited the beach in the morning, when the crowd is relatively less.
Had a lovely dinner at this traditional South Indian restaurant, relishing Masala Paper Dosa (Crispy Savoury pancakes with potato filling served with coconut chutney)
Next morning we bid adieu to Kerala and headed back home. That was my trip to Kerala. Serene and splendid. Kerala is a place which makes you crave for its luxurious simplicity. And in this world of constant chaos & clutter, sometimes that’s all we need. Simplicity & Peace.