Backwaters of Alappuzha by HouseboatDepart Cochin by A/C Vehicle, and pass through one of the India’s most beautiful and serene landscapes a rural riverine expanse of the verdant coconut groves and rice paddies. In Malayalam, the language of Kerala, this region is known as Kuttanad – the land of the short people, a reference, perhaps, to the fact that the farmers are often seen working knee deep in the paddy fields.
The term “backwaters” actually refers to the extensive network of rivers, lakes, canals and lagoons that lace together the coast and interior south of Kochi. For centuries these canals have provided a safe and efficient means of transportation for goods and people moving between the heartland and the port towns along the coast. Even today, coconut, pepper, coir (coconut husks), rice and other goods are carried along the waterways in traditional longboats called kettuvallam.
Alappuzha (previously called Alleppey) is nestled in the midst of a thick tangle of lush tropical waterways, and it is here that you will board your houseboat for an idyllic trip through the majestic forests and palm-shaded backwaters of the city and surroundings.
The boat you will take this journey in is a houseboat unique to Kerala. Converted from a traditional kettuvallam, the boat is a unique blend of old and new. Old as it is a traditional boat with a thatched roof, yet modern as solar panels are used for lighting.
Glide along shimmering waterways lined with dense tropical vegetation, and observe rural Kerala lifestyles that you would never see from the road. Views range from narrow canals walled in with thick greenery to open vistas of brilliant green paddy fields. Papaya, mango, jackfruit and cassava grow along the palm-lined banks. Along the way you will see the coconut harvesting and coir factories that make up the main industry of Kerala. Churches, mosques and temples can be glimpsed among the trees, and you might catch the blue flash of a kingfisher, or the green of a parakeet. Villagers bathe and wash their clothes, and sometimes their buffalos, at the water’s edge.
After your cruise you will return to Cochin by vehicle, Way back to Cochin, Enroute visit Local Farm to Experience the Local Farmers and Also you can intract with Local Farmers. Then Back to Pier.

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