A perfect family union – In a house boat, Alleppey

August 9, 2013

in India,Kerala,Travel Diary

In the present times, for a family gathering consisting of parents and children, it takes months of organization and preparation. With people busy with their work and personal affairs, the gatherings of loved ones are dwindling. The ideal place to celebrate such joining together would be in a house boat in the back waters of, God’s own Country, Kerala. The vast serene background brings in a peaceful atmosphere and would be enjoyed by adults and kids alike. My family had a wonderful opportunity, to have an amazing get together in the houseboat.house boat, Alleppey

The model

The houseboats are made by tying together jack wood, and the roof is woven with dried palm leaves. It is constructed by specialized artisans, and it involves a lot of hard work to erect a house boat. The boats have bedrooms, and you can opt one or three, according to the number of families planning to travel. We took a three-bedroom boat and the boats are air-conditioned.

The boat we travelled in had independents sitting room and dining room, and apart from looking at the sprawling water, at times you would be in awe, that you are not at your own homes.


The package ranges from Rs 5000 to Rs 30,000 according to the number of days you wish to stay in the houseboat, we spent a day in the houseboat. According to the budget you can even choose house boat packages, offered by five star hotels such as Taj and the food is also catered by them. After enjoying a few hours of the backwaters, we carried some games, like playing card and snake and ladder and it was a trip down the memory lane.

The boat makes a stop at the local fish monger, as we all are ardent fish and sea-food lovers, we chose lobsters and a pomfret, and the chef in the house boat, made a delectable lobster fry, with all the fresh Kerala spices and the we devoured on his pomfret mapas,this is a lovely dish cooked in generous coconut oil, and coconut milk. With the whiff of the breeze, and a content stomach we all drifted to peaceful sleep.

house boat Alleppey

After the rejuvenating sleep, we were awakened by the spiced tea, and crunchy banana fritters. The boats have television sets and audio systems, and we were enjoying the lovely local music with nature by its side.To release all the stress of our hectic work lives, we booked for a massage with the leading Ayurvedic spa, and the boat docked at the spa, after our mesmerizing massage, we continued on your journey.

This was an unforgettable experience, and we wanted to treat our parents on the event of their 30th wedding anniversary and they enjoyed every bit of the trip. It is always fun to go in a group, and there is nothing as sweet as being in the midst of your loved ones. This is an experience of a life time, and I enjoyed every bit of it. Let your next holiday be in the magnificent, house boat.

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