India 2015 – Day 10 Boating

How nice, a bit of a lie in. After a delicious breakfast we were collected and driven about an hour and a half from Kochi to the jetty at Alleppey to board a houseboat for a cruise and overnight stay.

Houseboat cruising has become a big tourist attraction in the area where there is a very large inland lake leading to a mass of channels of decreasing size. The houseboats are kettuvallam rice boats that have been converted as houseboats and are very comfortably appointed and come with a crew of three; ours looked very similar to this.

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Once you are on board there is absolutely nothing to do, I cannot ever remember a period of time spent doing so little! The views are constantly changing as you look forward past the helmsman

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and then periodically you are brought delicious food cooked on board

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all the time the views are changing

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later in the day we stopped here to buy beer for me to have with my supper.

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All in all it was the life of the mythical lotus eater. But, and it’s a big but, for a northern European at this time of year it’s just too darned hot. On water the humidity was so high and the outside temperature was more than I could cope with. By late afternoon I was feeling quite I’ll and was very happy when the sun set

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and the air conditioning came on in our cabin. After another delicious meal we headed to bed where I slept under a mosquito net for the first time in my life. The only trouble was it was only eight fifteen in the evening, a long night was ahead.

19 March 2015

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