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Allepey - Slow Kerala backwater boat tour


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Somewhere on Lonely Planet's list of 10 things you need to do before you die is to take a houseboat along the Kerala backwaters in Southern India. We did the next best thing, taking a 5-hour rowboat tour, just the two of us and the driver / rowing guy (costing 500 Rs, or $11). It was a rainy day, which was good because it wasn't too hot or crowded, though it also meant the villages were a bit less active than usual. We saw lots of jungle, villages of people fishing, doing laundry, getting married (at least it seemed to be a wedding), rice paddies, and lots of houseboats. It was a nice, relaxing ride though I wouldn't rate it as a must-do - it is not too different from a boat ride along any river or lake in a natural setting.

A row of houseboats about 1km from the city, waiting for high season and throngs of tourists.
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Villagers bathing. I'm sure they don't mind being watched, otherwise I guess they would have to move.
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Typical riverbank in an area without villages or farms.
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Our driver was really nice, and found a couple flowers for Sue to put in her hair. He especially liked orange flowers, or maybe thought it's her colour - 3 of the 3 he picked were in shades of orange. Anyway Sue looks even better than usual with flowers in her hair.
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During construction season clean fill needs to be moved, and the most convenient way to do it seems to be by longboat.
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Same with tractors, though those take up more than one boat.
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We passed by what was possibly a wedding, where we saw more people in a minute than in the rest of the 5-hour boat ride.
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The next day we took a 2 hour ferry to get out of town, where we saw many similar sights to the rowboat at a fraction of the price (30 Rs or 65 cents per person).
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Posted by chrisvasil 21:16 Archived in India Tagged ecotourism

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