Kerala backwaters are enchanting. In fact, a visit to this atheist's own land would not be considered complete without taking a backwaters cruise. From Alleppey to Kollam (erstwhile Quilon) there is a daily cruise. Most people take that and enjoy the experience. However, my case it was different. I wanted to do backwaters as well a visit to the countryside. So the idea was put into an itinerary drawn up by my friend Herbert Peters.
|With Herbert Peters|
We started at the Alleppey boat club boarding point and stopped at a village Pallathurithy about 30 minutes away. It was a sail through very picturesque landscape. The lake is very wide for navigation and this village is situated on both the banks. I was told the waterway was as picturesque and charming all along as the stretch we did.
People ferry their goods through this lake and their transportation needs are also met through these waters.
We enjoyed tea and chat at the small tea stall owned by Kannita Raja (pic). The area is called the rice bowl as the fertile fields were full of paddy. The fields being at a lower level from the lake, there is no dearth of water to irrigate. Small boats can be seen moored along the raised village track that is on both the banks. Some are motorised and some others manually oared. We decided to walk along the track throughout the village right up to the other end where there is a houseboat boarding jetty. I spoke to some houseboat people and had a look inside to see the luxurious tourist amenities.
|Paddy Fields on both sides of lake|
If it was not for the shape of the boats who would believe this was not Kashmir
|The Alleppey - Kollam Boat|
Glimpses of village life
|A villager deweeding the lake|
|They catch fish using these containers|
A rationalist's statue in a temple
|Narayana Guru's statue installation ceremoney|