The delightful destination in ‘God’s own country’ – Alleppey is where you will find yourself in a whole new world. Here, you get to experience a serene atmosphere while your houseboat floats calmly on the tranquil Kerala backwaters. Imagine the fresh air sweeping off your face while you witness a panoramic view of the verdant and lush forests that surround you. You can listen to the birds chirping, the clouds in the blue sky making their own masterpiece, and the peaceful environment that urges you to fall asleep in the lap of nature.
As for the engagement, there’s a lot to look forward to when you opt for an Alleppey house boat package. Let us have a look at some adventures that you can indulge in to and make the best of your houseboat stay in Alleppey: -
1. Cruise Through the Punnamada Lake
The Punnamada Lake is known to be the famous venue for Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race, popularly known as Vallam Kali. The boat race is conducted every year on the second Saturday of August, so if you are here during this time, you should not miss out on an opportunity where you get to cheer on a massive group of competitors participating in this event and witness small country rafts and huge chundan valloms (snake boats) that are about 110 feet long. This is the time when you can witness some of the best boating events in Alleppey. These boats float over the Punnamada Lake and exhibiting a splendid view that you shouldn’t miss out on.
While on your Alleppey houseboat day trip, you can even catch a glimpse of the 400-year-old church – St. Mary's Basilica. This is the first basilica in the archdiocese of Changanasserry, the ninth in Kerala, and the twenty-third basilica in India which makes it a sightseeing spot that should not be missed out.
2. Steer the Houseboat Yourself
By the time you have cruised across these amazing spots on your Alleppey houseboat, it will be lunchtime and you can enjoy an appetizing meal while floating on the calm and serene waters over the Kerala backwaters. Once you are done with your scrumptious lunch, you are on your way to another spectacular destination - Chavara Bhavan. The Chavara Bhavan is the old wooden house here and also the birthplace of Kuriakose Elias Chavara. He was an Indian Catholic priest and social reformer. He is the first canonized Catholic male saint of Indian origin. After your excursion to the Chavara Bhavan, at the time of dusk, your houseboat will be anchored for you to have a comfortable night stay.
You can even ask your driver if you can try steering the houseboat yourself. You are much likely to get an affirmative reply. You can now wear your adventure cap and steer your rented houseboat in Alleppey for some time. You can now have a closer look at the narrow canals, verdant paddy fields, and the nearby villages.
3. Enjoy the Panoramic View
Gear up to witness one of the most beautiful sunsets when on a houseboat in Alleppey! While the sky changes its colors, the sun takes a dip in the water and your houseboat floats leisurely on the glistening waters, you will be able to listen to the bird's chirp, feel the wind sweep through your face and enjoy your Alleppey tour to the fullest. This is the best time to enjoy some snacks and a cup of hot coffee.
Trust us when we say this – it all gets quite dreamy. You will find yourself in a whole new world that is devoid of all worries and quandaries. You would want to cherish each moment like it is your last. But before you drift into euphoria, remember that you have an entire night ahead of yourself to witness the beauty of this place. You can even have your dinner amidst this amazing sight. Almost every houseboat has a dining area that allows you to relish your meal with a fantastic view.
4. Relish a Scrumptious Breakfast
The sun is up and it is time for breakfast. Although these are your last few hours of this exciting experience, you have a similar and yet a completely different experience when you visit again. Now, that you are caught up on your most recent adventure, you can let that sink in and enjoy your delectable breakfast. Typically, houseboats offer an array of cuisines for breakfast from which you can choose from. So, if you are staying in a deluxe houseboat in Alleppey, you will have a lot of options for your last meal here. You can either have a typical South Indian breakfast which would include idli, sambar, and dosa or you can go for a North Indian breakfast that includes poori and bhaji. You can also opt for a continental breakfast and go for bread, jam, butter, and eggs.
Staying on a houseboat in Alleppey during a romantic vacation package is one of the best ways to explore this stunning place in its purest forms. When we say it is surreal, we well and truly mean it. And yes, you can pinch yourself once your houseboat experience comes to a close!