Thursday, January 21, 2010

Kerala Backwaters : Houseboat

After tiring our feet (and back) from jalan-jalan cari nahas in Kochin, we decided to take it slow for a boatride in the backwaters of Kerala.

In India,the Houseboat attraction comes in third after the Taj Mahal and Kashmir. I was at first puzzled, what is so special about spending overnight in a slow boat??

Right. Little did I know.

Its the serene river and lakes, and surrounding scenes, even the houseboats are (cute!). Here everything is naturally beautiful. When I boarded into "our" houseboat, I was speechless. Memang cantik. For a couple's boat, we paid approx. Rm300 for a small luxury houseboat, one bedroom with rattan windows, bathroom, lounge, one kitchenette complete with a cook, meals, juices and everything else you need. Of course, the boat has a captain, so don't worry about getting lost..eheh (kalau lost pun best jugak hehe)

The trip takes about 18 hours, circling around the vast lake and small river. By nightfall, the captain parked the boat next to a breathtakingly beautiful paddy field. (The Keralan Govt. forbids night travelling for houseboat) We were visited by two English (funny girls) whom we bumped into each other couple of times during our trip.

After the rumble jumble, just by looking out to the open waters, felt as if all my troubles seem to dissipate somewhere far, far away. I highly recommend houseboat to anyone, this one thing you cannot miss. By the time the trip ends, I keep thinking if they'll let us another round. Sob sob.

I'll let the pictures speak of the beauty of the backwaters of Kerala.

Ni la rupa (tradisi) houseboat Kerala. Comel. Macam Ulat gonggok

Houseboat yang lebih besar ada 4-5 bilik. Satu famili dalam RM700+

Room with a view.
It's also known as (the Indian version) Venice of Asia.

Serene. Relaxing. Peaceful.

Our stop for the night. Breathtaking.

13 comments:

shueyluweyduwey 22 January 2010 at 08:35:00 GMT+8  

travelogue returns.yay!tempat itu cantik.=)

HiDa 22 January 2010 at 18:16:00 GMT+8  

Syoknya... best lagi bile ada partner to share the sceneries with. Aku tunggu Partner in the future aku la nampaknya, hehe

amicus curiae 23 January 2010 at 12:22:00 GMT+8  

shue: bumi Tuhan semua pun indah :) next post will be another travelogue. :)

hida: all in due time, hida. Dulu pun aku takde :P

FD: ala fais ni bz je :( macamana nak bawak g tgk India??

Dad of 4+1 26 January 2010 at 19:38:00 GMT+8  

Afzan...my dream destination....! Nice pics!

alak,  26 January 2010 at 22:48:00 GMT+8  

kak af sgt bes!!! haha siyes mcm ulat gonggok! heheh best3 gamba pun bes :)

Zackyun 27 January 2010 at 07:50:00 GMT+8  

apesal macam cantik sangatnieh?

tak sabar jumpa kamu..tolong amek gambar yah cantik2 (hahaha, itu bukannya pointnya, yah!)

amicus curiae 27 January 2010 at 12:52:00 GMT+8  

Haq: thanks you. Kerala mmg cantik.

Alak: sebenarnya tak banyak amek gambar on the boat.Lebih banyak ternganga kekaguman dengan keindahan bumi Allah.

Yah: hang datang sini next week hang tau la nanti :P Always look at the bright side of everything? ke buang yang keruh amek yang jernih? hahaha.

Nikeda 29 January 2010 at 09:39:00 GMT+8  

hi affie.... bes giler aku tgk naik bot ulat gonggok tu... hmmmm but the reference to the said ulat makes me squemish ler... esp since u r climbing into it...

shera 9 February 2010 at 18:32:00 GMT+8  

nape ms baca awal2 aku mebayangkan mcm kecik?

sekali tgk gmbrrrr..haaaaaaaaa amik ko! :)

jelesss tgk kamuuuu

amicus curiae 10 February 2010 at 09:53:00 GMT+8  

mm: org lain punye houseboat besar sikit..ours kecik chomei je..p.s really missed u..


Sher: besar sket je dari bas mini beb. Hehe.

Anonymous,  22 February 2010 at 04:55:00 GMT+8  

I would appreciate more visual materials, to make your blog more attractive, but your writing style really compensates it. But there is always place for improvement

Anonymous,  21 March 2010 at 17:09:00 GMT+8  

Hello. And Bye.

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