Twenty-Four Hours on a Houseboat

Spending a night on a houseboat is one the list of 10 things to do before you die. Of course it all seems a little over rated, right? WRONG!!

houseboat on the backwaters of Allepey

For 4500 rupees David and I got a one bedroom houseboat equipped with 3 men for 24 hours. These men drove the boat, cooked us food (lunch, tea, dinner and breakfast) and took care of us as if we were royalty. They also took us to the toddy shop on the banks of the waterways to pick up some local liquor made from coconuts (I’m still not too clear on how exactly it’s made but the process is similar to fermenting grapes). The liquor itself was gross; as David put it – it looks and tastes like semen.

living the life of luxury

They drove us to the backwaters of Allepey for about 6 hours. It was a beautiful cruise where you pass by locals villages and watch as daily life unfolds. Women were washing their clothes, children were bathing and playing, men were drinking toddy and chilling out. Meanwhile I was reading and staring out at nature from the terrace of the boat. Life doesn’t get any sweeter than this.

At 8pm the stopped the boat for the night by a little village. Some local boatmen come around in small canoes in which you can explore the small canals. We did this as the sun was setting and it was absolutely stunning!
The night on the boat wasn’t as great; we were swarmed with geckos and mosquitoes. In the middle of the night there was a downpour .. and in the morning we had about an hour on the waterways before they took us back to Allepey.

This was by far one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had. It’s very relaxing and you get to absorb some of the most beautiful scenery. It’s again something that can’t be explained, it’s something to be felt and experienced.


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