12 Jan Travels wide and far…
I am back after about three months’ break. In October 2009, I went to the US to visit my daughter and her family. It was a very lovely trip especially meeting with one’s family. Unfortunately we only went to New Jersey and New York as it was not school holidays. My husband I visited some of the museums in New York.
Then I was back in Perth on November 18 and then after a couple of busy weeks in Perth went for a trip to India. We arrived in Chennai on December 12 and transferred to a hotel for the night.
Next morning we flew to Cochin. We were checked in at a homestay in Cochin as I wanted to taste a proper Kerala meal. But I am sorry to say that I was disappointed. Maybe being a chef myself my expectations were very high!!!
Then we went sightseeing and visited a very famous church and a Hindu temple. Then later we returned to homestay and attended a cooking demonstration where again I was disappointed.
Next morning we left for Alleppey to embark a houseboat…Kerala Houseboats (riceboats), or kettuvallam, are country boats that were used in the early days for the transport of goods from the isolated interior villages of Kerala Backwater area to the towns like Alleppey, Kollam, Cochin and Kottayam.
With the advent of roads, bridges and ferry services, gradually the kettuvallams went off the scene.
Now they are back as a major tourist attraction as a modern moving boat house. The houseboats vary in size.
Kerala house boats are fully furnished and have a crew of three – chef, driver and cabin assistant. The cuisine is traditional Kerala flavour with the local specialties; delicious local fish.
Kerala’s backwaters are spectacularly beautiful.
A Kerala Houseboats cruise along the palm-fringed waterways of Kerala in luxury houseboats is the most enchanting holiday experience in India today. In this world of simple pleasures, you will skim past ancient Chinese fishing nets, water lilies, lush paddy fields, coir villages, rustic homes, temples and coconut groves.
A guided tour down the backwaters provides you with a complete and most enchanting experience on the backwaters of Kerala and will also reveal to you some interesting facts about the life of local village people.
The trip on the houseboat was a wonderful experience.
But now I am back, refreshed, and ready to start a fresh lot of classes. So see you here!