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Dec 28, 2015 - Backwater Bliss

Today the plan was to walk the back streets along the water and be back in time for our backwater tour in a dug out canoe at five pm. The walk led us to a resort area along the lake where many of the backwater overnight cruises ended up. The day was hot and muggy but a bit cloudy. Walking along this non-touristy road was fantastic as many of the locals went about their day. Kids were coming back from school all dressed in their uniforms with parents along side. Older kids rode their bikes carrying backpacks. We did draw attention as we...

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Dec 27, 2015 - Alleppy Awe

The night was unpleasant with the noise from the fans in our room as well as noise perhaps from the fan below sending a constant thump, thump, thump noise that carried through to our pillows. I became cold during the night under one thin sheet so my sarong became my second layer. Early morning brought noise from the boats starting up, music from somewhere and water running from above hitting a metal sheet on the roof next to our room so I decided to get up. The bed was not comfortable anyway and both hips were sore. Enough grumbling! My...

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Dec 26, 2015 - Moving On To Alleppy

Jeeva and Anil helped us to arrange a hired car and driver to get us to Alleppy. We requested a big car with air con so we could sit comfortably. It cost us 5500 Rps which equals about $100.00 CAD. When we checked out a photo was taken with our wonderful hosts. Hugs were exchanged as well. I would go back there and recommend their homestay to others. The distance was about 130 or so km but it took 5 hours to arrive at the Malayalam Lake Resorts our next accommodation booked for 4 nights. The traffic was crazy at times with cows, monkeys,...

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Oct 25, 2015 - A sad day......Vale Frederick George Robinson

We alight from our houseboat at our hotel Kumarakom, located on the Vembanad Lake. The waters from this lake flow to the Arabian Sea. The afternoon brings the sad news that Mark's father Fred has passed away. Fred had been hospitalised prior to our departure, as a result of a fall several weeks earlier. He was adament that we continue with our vacation plans. We had been in constant communication with family since we arrived in Sri Lanka. His memorial service will be held Monday 9th November. He was 91 years old.

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Oct 3, 2013 - 1 October - Alleppey

We are now in the backwaters of Kerala, 900km of canals fringed with palm trees and small villages. Our home for tonight is a houseboat, so different to the ones at Bulahdelah - these have wicker roofs, generators and some even have solar panels. There are four cabins, each with an ensuite - we weren't expecting this sort of luxury! And so we are spending a day just cruising through the backwaters with the crew bringing us food at regular intervals - I can take this sort of holiday. We stopped a few times to buy supplies at small shops...

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Mar 3, 2012 - Alleppey - Day 2

We had to up and out at 8am for our trip out to the canals. Alleppey is the centre of the inland waterway system here in Kerala. There is a maze of canals and waterways stretching up and down the coast for many miles. The area is known as the Venice of Kerala. The countryside is very lush with great tall palm trees and great open rice fields, all green and fresh looking. Alleppey is on a narrow strip of land between the Arabian sea and the inland waterways. Very typical tropical houses and shops, mostly single storey very reminiscent of...

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Mar 2, 2012 - Alleppey, Kerala

Not a bad nights sleep in view of the very hard bunk but up at 6am when we stopped at one of the many stations. The early morning visit to the WC is always an assault on the senses. There is a choice between a western toilet and a squat toilet but both look equally unsavoury and dirty. First Class is not how most people would classify them at all. But they do work so long as you are careful not to drop anything into the bowl of the toilet otherwise it is lost down the large pipe that drops down through the floor to the track below. We have...

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Jan 19, 2012 - Alleppey

The main tourist attraction in Kerala, and one of the main ones in all of India, is riding on the Kerala backwaters and experiencing village life on the shores as you float past. The backwaters are a vast network of canals, rivers, and streams that run throughout the state, with certain sections much more opened to tourism than others. For the villagers, these waterways are the only form of transportation in some places, and ferries act like local buses shuttling people around. Most tourists rent a houseboat, which is a fancy old rice boat...

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Jan 13, 2012 - Kerala Backwaters Homestay

We left Thekkady at 9am.  Some of the group had early morning massages. Our trip to the Kerala backwaters was 4.5 hours bus ride with a 30 mins stop at a coffee shop. We pulled up at the river side then took a small boat across to the island where we were staying.  We could only take stuff for overnight - big bags wouldn't have fitted on the boats, but ever prepared I'd bought a fold up holdall that we used.  The group were staying  in two houses - 5 in each and I'd thought it would be basic, but it is actually better than some of the...

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Nov 27, 2011 - Alleppey, Kerala **Blog**

Kerala – the last state we were visiting in India - and, as we made our way, that slightly mournful feeling that comes with knowing you’ll soon be leaving a country crept in. Completing 2½ months in India we started to tick off our last train journey, our last cup of chai, the last auto rickshaw driver trying to rob us blind… Actually that’s slightly unfair to Kerala. Although we were fighting an almost constant battle against being cheated in North India, we found our experience in South India to be far more laid-back. People in the south...

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Feb 9, 2011 - Arrival in Alleppey

"What have you got us into this time?" exclaimed John as we arrived at what looked like a dilapidated barn. Even our (prepaid) taxi driver seemed very keen to unload our rucksacks and speed off before we could ask him to wait a little longer. The description of what was described as a "resort" on the website I booked through last night bore no resemblance to the building we were currently staring at. Just then a young Indian woman appeared and directed us through a garden to some chalets that looked reassuringly more like the pictures on...

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Where's Jolly?

Oct 25, 2010 - Alleppey

A dreamy two days, floating along the backwaters of Kerala, India on a houseboat!!! It was amazing, known as the Venice of India, it was so peaceful and beautiful and our captain, who was also the chef made amazing local food. He brought us to his village to dock for the night and the kids there were all excited to meet us and to bring us on a tour of their village which was class! We had two beautiful days and one monsoon downpour on the third! Seriously hot at night but an unforgettable experience!

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