Watch women preparing for lunch, washing cloths by river side, floating fish market, local children swimming or fishing in the river, talk to children coming after school, get down and walk along green paddy fields, visit coconut groves, try the traditional Kerala drink at toddy shop, experience ethnic Kerala food preparation.
For over night houseboat cruises, as the boat is stable at river side for the night stay from 5 in the evening till 7 or 8 in the morning till the fishermen takes their nets off, day cruise option is best suitable. But if you have lots to talk with your partner or family,books to read, if you are a dreamer, if you wish to watch the moon at serene backwater theme, you wish the waves to lullaby you to sleep, go for an Overnight houseboat holiday.
A day cruise option is otherwise chosen by those who stay at any beach resorts near by or those who stay at any beautiful lake front resorts wanting to explore the day time life at the backwaters or those who stay at Fort Cochin and have a night flights back home. Now a days there are plenty of families and friends choosing this option so that they can reach back home in the evening after a night movie. Stag or hen parties or even corporate meetings are conducted with day cruise option.
Houseboat day cruise starts by 11 in the morning. In minutes, you are be away from the busy port and sailing along the serene rivers of Alappuzha rich in traditional small houses, paddy fields and coconut groves on the sides. By 1:30 in the afternoon, you are at the river ride for lunch. You are free to get down from the boat and walk around the silent and green paddy fields. Mean time, your lunch is ready to be served.
A variety of Kerala preparations including rice, vegetable, chicken, fish, pappad and salads are served. You have packaged drinking water available through out the journey. The cruise restarts after lunch. The captain will take you to the interior villages. There are fishing rods on the boat. If you love to swim in river, the captain is happy to guide you!
By 4 in the afternoon, you are served with warm and tasty traditional preparations like banana fry or vada with tea or coffee. As the Sun is about to set, by 5 in the evening, the boat reaches back to the jetty.
For a group up to 10 travellers, a one bed room houseboat with spacious living room is provided. Two bed room houseboats are also provided on request for larger group travellers option. Cruises can be arranged at Kumarakom and Kollam backwaters.
The above scroll of pictures will give you an idea of a memorable backwater experience you are going to have from a houseboat day cruise. You will get more sightings on an over night houseboat stay. The exclusive images of Sun set, Sun rise and early morning village life will ease your mind. If you are a photographer, please have your battery charged and your memory card, rich in space.
A Deluxe houseboat with plenty of open space are best for day cruise. Full time air conditioned Luxury Houseboats are also available for day cruise.