BACKWATERS OF KERALA
Alleppey is called `the Venice of the East’ because of its meandering waterways and canals. Here the city buses are boats! Into the backwaters, people live in small islands which are not c
onnected to the mainland by road. A housewife has to row her boat to buy even a match box. The entire backwater area can be summed up in three words paddy fields, waterways and coconut trees. The famous `Snake Boat Race’ takes place every year here.
How to reach?
Alleppey is just 60 km south of Cochin. It is four hours drive from Trivandrum. 5 hours drive from Munnar and Thekkady each. There is no airport in Alleppey but Cochin has got an international airport.
It is warm round the year. It rains heavily during the months of June, July, August and September.
What to see?
Lush green paddyfields, swaying palms and winding waterways. There are small islands inside the backwater network which are not connected to the mainland. People who live on those islands commute by a country boat even to buy a match box! Housewives to children are experts in rowing a boat without losing direction!
If you stay on a houseboat, the food is homely. A chef prepares food from inside the kitchen aboard the boat. Simple but delicious Kerala style food is served. People in Kerala use coconut oil to cook their food. If you think you may not be comfortable with it, they follow your instructions promptly not to use it. If you stay on any of the hotels on the mainland, you get all types of food.
What to wear?
Cotton wears are comfortable.