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An Exciting Day on a Hoseboat in Kuttanad

Due to the pandemic and some other reasons our close relatives had no opportunity to come together as we used to do every year.  This year it was the twenty fifth wedding anniversary of our parents.  So we decided to book a day cruise on a house boat in Alappuzha to celebrate the occasion.  Three months ago, when there was a relaxation in the restrictions due to Covid, we booked a luxurious house boat.

We were told to report by 10.30 am at the houseboat terminal.  The boat staff greeted us with a welcome drink.  The crew was busy in the kitchen preparing our lunch.  By 11 am we started moving.  The captain gave us a quick lecture on how the houseboat cruise worked.  

As we entered the Vembanad lake cool breeze started caressing us.  There were hundreds of houseboats of different sizes and shapes in the lake.  Tourists from other boats were waving at us.  On both sides of the lake there were paddy fields.  The strange thing about the paddy cultivation here is that the paddy fields are below the sea level.  It was a great experience sitting on a houseboat, high above the dry paddy fields which were at least two meters below the water level.

At noon we were served a delicious Kearala meal with fried fish and other curries.  We explored the rooms and the deck of the boat.  They even allowed us to drive the boat for some time.  The beauty of Alappuzha and Kuttanad was truly amazing and it we enjoyed it to its best.  We celebrated the wedding anniversary by cutting a cake.

Overall it was an amazing experience.  When we got down from the boat after the cruise, everybody was asking when we can plan the next trip on a houseboat.

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