- Destination: Alleppey, Kerala, India
- Visited on: December 24th 2015 – December 28th 2015
- Peak Season: November to February
- How To Reach:
- By Car – Reaching Alleppey is easy by car from Thekkady and takes around 3 Hours
About: Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha is famous for canals, like Venice and house-boats.
Our Journey Starts:
I and Anindita reached Alleppey from Thekkady after a journey of 3 hours. We checked-in at “Keraleeyam Ayurvedic Resort”. The resort is located just next to a wide canal. The room was brilliant with a touch of old India. The door of the room closes in four halves. That was very attractive. We always have time constraint as we do not get enough leaves from office for travelling. As a result, we try to utilize most in a short time. One can stay in a house-boat. We didn’t opt for staying in a house-boat as it moves all day and becomes stationary in the evening until next morning. And one also cannot leave the house-boat in evening. The house-boat has all the facilities inside including AC, TV, etc. But loitering in a small place must be boring. More boring in the evening when it comes to a halt. Nothing to do except watching TV. However, staying in a house-boat is preferred by most tourists and regret their decision next day.
After reaching the resort, we left our backpacks and went for a canoe ride immediately, arranged by the resort manager. The manager gave a call to the canoe person and he came promptly with his canoe. The canoe took us inside small canals. The ride was happening in a slow and steady pace though the canals of Allepey. It was a lovely experience. After a ride, I went for a massage in the resort. From various options, I opted for full body massage this time. In the evening, went to the massage center located inside the resort. The massage was done by an experienced professional and with premium oils with an unique and beautiful fragrance. We also asked our driver to leave as we were so pissed with his behavior, though he had to serve us for another day.
Next morning, we opted for canoe ride again from the same person, on Anindita’s request. This time, he took a different route. He also allowed us to get down at a point and showed us his village. While returning to the hotel sitting in the canoe, I and Anindita both tried rowing the boat one at a time. It was exciting and burned a lot of calories also. After that, we finished our breakfast. I again opted for another massage. This time, it was “Shirodhara”. It is one of the famous massage of Kerala where oil is poured steadily from a vessel over the entire fore-head. It was very relaxing and I went to sleep for a moment .
After that, we thought of exploring Alleppey further. We kept our bags in the reception as planned to go out after check-out time. We hired an auto and reached Alleppey beach. The beach was nice. From there, we hired another auto and reached “Marari beach”. This is a pristine beach and one of the finest. This beach is mostly visited by foreigners. One can take a local bus also to reach there. There is also a resort adjacent to the beach. We spent quite a relaxing time there. Then returned to hotel taking the same auto. After freshening up in resort’s common wash-room, we reached the Alleppey station. We boarded Bangalore express at 7:30 PM and reached K.R. Puram next day around 8AM. From there, we take took a cab and reached home.
Experience in Alleppey was beautiful . Enjoyed the canoe ride and the massage a lot. As a whole, trip to Kerala was beautiful and justifies the name “God’s own country”.