Experiential cruise in Kerala
Alappuzha (Alleppey) an ancient port town of Central Kerala, is a scenic place built along a magical network of rivers, lakes, lagoons and coastal estuaries. This spectacular water-world of salubrious weather, fresh air and fertile soil is home to bright water lilies and lotus, fruit-bearing vegetation and aquatic species of water birds.
Alleppey is the rice-bowl of Kerala famous for rich paddy cultivation in below sea level, low-lying wetlands called Kuttanad reclaimed from and along the backwaters of rivers and lake Vembanad. The paddy fields are protected from the waterways by dykes and coconut palms are grown alongside to avoid soil erosion. This soil yields rich cash crop of coconuts here.
Our traditional Kettuvallams-boats with knots (kettu means ‘tied with ropes’ and vallam is boat) in the area are Sauvernigam (2 cabins) and Vaikundam (9 cabins). We cruise these mirror-still lagoons with palm fringed Kayals in these age-old rice-barge traditions where contemporary interiors promise a comfortable stay.
The crew on board cater to a mouth-watering south Indian cuisine with indigenous flavours. We experience local traditions as we enjoy informational village walks, indulge with locals and sip on freshly plucked tender coconuts.