A Journey To The Enchanting Backwaters Of Alleppey and Beyond

Hope you enjoyed reading about our trips to Munnar and Thekkady. From there we headed to the beautiful backwaters of Alleppey or Alappuzha.

Alleppey

Alappuzha (or Alleppey) is a city in the southern Indian state of Kerala. It’s best known for houseboat cruises along the backwaters. This is a perfect destination for anyone who wants to relax away from the crowds. The distance between Thekkady and Alleppey is approx 140km and it took us approx 4 hours by road (car).

An  experience on the Houseboat:

I was curious what the experience on a houseboat would be like, ever since I’ve read or heard about it. I actually get uneasy on boat or ferry rides, so I couldn’t even imagine what it would be like spending a whole day or overnight on a houseboat. But I always wanted to experience it once in a lifetime. So when we were planning the trip to Kerala, I had to add a trip to the backwaters on our itinerary.

So did I regret this decision? Absolutely not! It was a once in a lifetime experience for sure. Few tourists consider it a total waste of time as they think there isn’t much you can do just sit on a boat right? It depends on everyone’s personal experience and opinions.

Details of the houseboat:

We had booked a two bedroom houseboat since we were traveling with friends. It was quite spacious and well maintained. They provided us with a driver and a cook. The cook prepared all meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner on board the houseboat. It had basic amenities like running water, light, fan, AC etc. Ours wasn’t a very fancy houseboat, but it was worth the money.

We stopped by a market on the banks of the backwaters and bought fresh fish like shrimp and a local fish called karimeen . The cook prepared the karimeen fish for lunch and the shrimp for dinner. The food prepared was really tasty and not at all spicy.

During lunchtime, we stopped the boat at a nice secluded spot and enjoyed our lunch. It was so peaceful that it seemed like another world. Only sounds we heard were of birds, animals and the leaves of trees rustling in the wind. It was so Enchanting!!

There was a TV on our houseboat, but we didn’t feel the need to switch it on. I was with my camera capturing the beauty of the backwaters. Do carry some board games, if you feel like you will get bored.Personally, I didn’t need them.

The backwaters are so vast. There are people who live along the banks of the backwaters. You get to experience life from their point of view. There are also ferries and fisherman in boats along the way.

Post lunch and tea, we stopped at a spot near other boats on a small island and we went exploring. Some locals were playing cricket and people were playing music. Soon the Sun set, what a beautiful sight it was! We had dinner and then it was time to sleep.

I really enjoyed the whole experience. .The only bad experience is that there are a lot of mosquitoes after Sunset, so make sure you carry a repellent.

How To Reach Allepey:
By Air:

The Cochin International Airport, located at a distance of 75 kiolmetres is the nearest airport to Allepey.  One can book a taxi or a cab to get to Alleppey.

By Bus:

Kerala State Run Transport Corporation buses connect Alleppey to most major cities in Kerala. Buses also operate from cities such as Bangalore, Chennai, etc. to Alleppey.

By Train:

The Alleppey Railway Station lies within the city limits. It is well connected by rail to Cochin and Trivandrum. One can board a bus, hire a taxi or get in an auto-rickshaw to reach the main city.

Road/Self Drive:

Alleppey is accessible by National Highway-47, which goes through Ambalapuzha and Cherthala cities. Alleppey is well connected to other cities by road.

Kochi

Kochi (also known as Cochin) is a city in  Kerala. We checked out of the houseboat in the morning, but we had booked an evening flight. We had to catch our flight back to Mumbai from Kochi, so we decided to check a few places around in Kochi. The distance between Alleppey and Kochi is approx 54 kilometers (34 miles) and it took us approx 1.5 hours by car.

We had our lunch, did some shopping on the streets and went on a ferry ride. We also visited The St. Francis Church and the Kochi beach where saw the famous Kochi Chinese fishing net in action.

How To Reach Kochi:
By Air:

The Cochin International Airport is connected to major cities across India and the world.

By Bus:

Cochin has a network of Kerala State Run Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus services that connect to all the major cities in Kerala.

By Train:

Cochin is well connected to all the major railway stations in India. One can board a bus, a taxi or a cab to reach the required destination in Cochin.

Road/Self Drive:

Cochin has an extensive network of national highways and local roads that link to major cities across India.

Thank you for reading. If you haven’t been to Alleppey or Kochi, then you should definitely visit soon. Cheers and Happy Travels! 🙂

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15 thoughts on “A Journey To The Enchanting Backwaters Of Alleppey and Beyond

  1. Wendy

    Wow, you stayed on a house boat… I have had the chance to once but did not know how I would like it. NOw I wish I had taken the chance, if I get the chance again I will definitly take advantage of it. Thank you for all the information…

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  2. Janiel Green

    Have you ever tried the behind the ear patches that help with sea sickness? There is also a medication called Zofran that really helps me with nausea when I get stuck on a cruise ship in the middle of the open ocean in a storm. I honestly have never heard of Kerala, now it’s on my radar as a place to watch– cheers!

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  3. Sheila

    What an interesting trip. I love the idea of a quiet, less crowded place. When I travel I am always looking for ways to avoid the crowds. It sounds like you found a way to have some adventure and relaxation at the same time. I like your tip to bring some board games. I enjoy vacations when the pace is relaxed enough to take time to play some games with the people I’m traveling with.

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  4. Milijana

    As a huge lover of nature and serenity, I like houseboats and less crowded places. Thus, I am putting Alleppey backwaters on my Indian wishlist.

    Btw, thanks also for the tip to take a mosquito repellant. Ah, mosquitos, they really like me. But, the love is not mutal. 🙂 Still I would never let them stop me to enjoy nature and places such as Alleppey backwaters.

    xoxo Milijana

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  5. Candy

    This definitely sounds like a one-of-a-kind experience. Were there bathrooms on the boat? It’s cool that you had meals on the boat and good tip about getting mosquito repellent.

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  6. Jenn and Ed Coleman

    Private captain and cook. Not bad. I could imagine you would see so much life beyond the reach of the normal tourist routes. The mosquitos would eat Jenn alive though. We’ll have to account for that if we ever doa backwater tour.

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  7. Heather

    I was trying to think…I don’t believe I’ve ever spent the night on a houseboat. I’ve been several cruises, but that is totally different. I saw several in Amsterdam and I have to admit I am curious as to what the experience would be like. That is an absolutely beautiful sunset! Was it hot and muggy?

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    1. Karie Post author

      Thanks Heather. We visited in Summer (May) so it was a bit hot and muggy in the afternoon , but cool in the morning/ evening. Also, the bedrooms have AC so it was not so bad.

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  8. Mei and Kerstin

    Like you we usually don’t particularly like taking ferry rides neither, but loved our junk boat ride in Halong Bay. Of course, a houseboat is different, so we’d love to experience that too. We wouldn’t turn on the TV neither, since the views of the backwaters of Alleppey are definitely way much better! 🙂

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  9. Jing

    I haven’t tried a houseboat tour before. This looks like something I would also enjoy, especially that it’s like an off the beaten path. I haven’t been to Kerala so thanks for introducing me to the backwaters of Alleppey.

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