Thursday March 5th
This is where the real adventure started: we headed to the backwater houseboats or kettuvallams as they are known to cruise along the canals and rivers – and then to moor for the night in a lagoon. The internet wasn’t quite accessible, so we enjoyed a media-free night, telling stories and singing while enjoying amazing home cooking by our three-man crew. House boats vary in size, and ours, by Rainbow Cruises in Allepey, took three people.
Prior boarding our house boats (which actually used to be rice transportation boats), we were welcome with glasses of fresh lemon juice (very typical drink to be served) and local drumming and dance show. I’ve seen several different kind of performances already here in Kerala and loved their energetic and vibrant tones!
The food on the houseboats was very fresh and despite being simple home cooking, the dishes were some of the best I’ve ever had: starting from local river fish to new vegetables (still trying to find out their names…) to coconut rice, fried bananas and spiced Masala tea to finish it off.
It also helped that the dishes were not at all spicy, as on all previous days the locals kept saying “its a little bit spicy” which mean for us tourists that the mouth was likely to burn and eyes cry for a while! The life in India stimulates certainly all your senses – and I’m loving it all despite the occasionally burning mouth -feeling!
Disclosure: This trip was sponsored and part of the Kerala Tourism #KeralaBlogExpress 2 -initiative. All opinion expressed here are my own and are based on my personal experiences in Kerala.