Aleppey Kollam Backwater Routes
This backwater cruise on Houseboat is a long non-stop which may not suit relaxing mind as this houseboat trip heads south relentlessly. However for those wishing to explore the Kerala backwaters in depth & different from usual sights this is the trip to take with vistas ranging from narrow canals to wide lakes. Interestingly this Alappuzha –Kollam houseboat trip is very popular among foreign tourists and many international guidebooks like Lonely Planet have coverage of this trip for the last 20-30 years. As we leave the serene waters of Punnamada Lake, vast and spectacular with several houseboats in it, seemed extraordinary. Far until the horizon, the waters of Kuttanad lapped its shores. Boats of different styles and sizes, some sailing while others anchored, showcased the demand for the backwaters of Alleppey. The lively areas of Alleppey like zero jetty, Punchiri jetty are crossed Kannitta jetty through the National water way waving the passerby ferry boats.
We headed across the water way to Pallathuruthy, a village in the middle of the Kuttanad belt surrounded by paddy fields. As we pass the village refreshments in form of tea of juice is served onboard. The famous church and the bridge on the Alappuzha- Changanacherry road can be seen. This area is also one of the main hub of houseboat with number of houseboats hovering around. There may spells of brief rain and heavy overcast but it will make the journey even more fantastic. When the sun cross over to western sky and 3 hours into the houseboat cruise we left the Vembanad lake and entered some narrow canals. Soon we passed by the village of Karumady, famous for the eleventh century granite statue of Buddha. The statue of Karumadikuttan on the pampa river bank at Karumadi, is one of the largest Buddhist statues in a sitting posture, many fascinating legends are associated with this 11th centaury statue of Lord Buddha.
After passing the Cheruthana village around we will come out of the Kuttanad region & the it typical landscapes. At 12:45 pm we reached Thottappally. Thottappally is especially notable for Thottappally Spillway, a spillway cum bridge on the National Highway 47 between Alappuzha and Kollam. The spillway is one of the two regulators used to regulate water level in the paddy fields of Kuttanad Harippad and Alappuzha. Soon after Thottappally we encounter Pallana Kumarakodi, The place where Kumaranasan , one of the famous Malayalam poet and revolutionary who helped to bring in great changes in the then social system of the state met with his tragic death in the Capsizing of the boat ‘Redeemer’ Thrikunnapuzha coir village is the other destination of this voyage. For rest and food 30 minutes time will be allowed to the tourists when the houseboat reaches at coir village jetty. Thrikunnapuzha village is populated mostly by coir workers. Their handicrafts are really surprising. See for yourself the artistic skills of the workers and coir weaving methods. Then passing Ayiram Thengu mangroves the nursery for a wide variety of fish fries. The forest is also home to a colony of otters. The glittering, waxy green canopy of the forest provides a nesting place for a wide variety of migratory bird’s also. As we passes Arattupuzha fishing harbour, very close to the Arabian sea, we are to new backwaters of Kayamkulam Lake.
Soon we will approach Amritapuri, the heaquarters of Mata Amritanandapuri Math. Many foreigners are staying / visiting Amritapuri regularly, to get enlighten or blessed in spiritual atmosphere on the When we reach Alamkadavu tourist will be served a cup of tea along with that delicious traditional Kerala snack "Pazhampori" (Banana Fritters). Around 05:00pm we leave the vast expanse of the Kayamkulam lake and entered some narrow canals as we approached Chavara had sight of the Kovilthottam Light house. You will berth the Houseboat in Chavara & shift your routine to night mode. Berthing helps you to get great views of the sunset; you can also get a chance to go out and walk along the riverside or villages and come back. In the evening Enjoy your Dinner and leave all world behind you and have a good sleep in your floating paradise. In morning you will be waked up the crisping voices of birds & fishermen’s oars falling on backwaters.
Enjoy the sunrise and breath fresh wet air and from deck of Houseboat. Further cruise starts for an hour and head to Kollam through the amazing routes Start the morning cruise from Chavara to other side of Needakara bridge then reach Ashtamudi Backwaters. After crossing Dalavapurm to cruise through Kooreepuzha and go through Thevally , Ashram jetty on reaching jetty you will leave the houseboat with an everlasting beautiful memory.