We had read that the backwater tour was a must when visiting Kerala. According to The Lonely Planet It may be one of the most expensive things that you do in India, but it is well worth it. So naturally, we booked a houseboat and splurged on a cruise the backwater canals and tributaries of Alleppey.
Initially the excitement was high. We were let off at the jetty at our home for the night. The houseboats are made from old cargo vessels transformed into traditional houseboats. They are a beautiful design. Made from twine, wicker and bamboo, they float down the rivers looking timeless.
We arrived on the 8:30 train to Allepy from Varkala where we transferred to our tour company to wait for our trip. The boat leaves at 12:00 and we would be aboard for 22 hours.
What a lovely surprise to see that we actually had a great boat. We had heard that booking outside of Alleppey was not a smart idea. You could end up with an old rust bucket and be stuck on a terrible cruise. But we had a good feeling about our contact at Om Shanthi Tours and decided to chance it. It is much less hassle than walking to the jetty and haggling over a price.
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