KERALA, ALLEPPEY, BACK WATERS. HOUSE BOAT RIDE

The Kerala Back waters are formed by the action of waves and shore currents creating low barrier islands across the mouth of the many rivers flowing down from the Western ghats range

These backwaters are a network of interconnected canals, rivers, lakes, and inlets; a system formed by more than 900 kms of waterways.

Lake Vembanad is the largest Lake covering an area of 2033 sq. Kms.

I had the fortune of riding on a luxurious house boat owned by the Sarovar Hotel Group moored at their finest Hotel Vasundhara.  The boat has a big lobby cum dining area and has two large bedrooms fully air conditioned with a full fledged kitchen attached.  The terrace on the roof is heavenly.

You pass by small islands with coconut trees.  Wherefrom the toddy is collected.  Toddy is sweet potion taken before sunrise and it soon transforms into arrack as the day grows.  Toddy is the most healthy concoction and it goes well with the Kari Meenu (the fish) and Kappa curry (tapioca).

 

The Deck

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The Toddy Shop

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Lake Vembanad

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Toddy is collected from the Coconut Palm Tree

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The Kitchen on the Island

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The Dining Room

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The Roof Terrace Garden on the Boat

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The Kitchen on the Boat

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The Bed Room

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