We’d heard very good things about the Backwater boat trips where you can spend a few nights or just go on a day trip. We had opted for the day trip which meant a couple of hours going along the backwaters complete with lunch. We had heard of a couple who’d done 9 nights on the backwaters which might seem a little long as there isn’t too much to do.
The boats themselves are called Kettuvallam and all have thatched roof covers over wooden hulls. They traditionally have been used primarily for transporting men and materials along the Kerala backwaters, especially spices and rice but nowadays one of their main uses are for tourism.
Each boat has been decorated in it’s own unique way and as we stepped on ours we were welcomed by the captain and our cook for the day and then we spotted the wonderful swinging chair.
After setting up camp we headed on our way. The boats go at a very calming pace and you pass many others along the way with the path going from narrow to wide.
We came upon the Ashtamudi lake which is a huge open space where all the houseboats come through and you can just float peacefully through. Our captain even gave us the chance to steer the boat at this point.
We then anchored up along the side as it was time for our feast. A few plates emerged of okra, cabbage, fish curry and rice which looked delicious.
Then before our eyes a few more plates arrived and we dug in. The traditional food was very tasty and before we felt guilty on not having finished anything we were reassured that they would be finishing off whatever we left.
We then made our way back through the winding routes watching the locals get on with their daily lives, washing clothes in the water, having a wash or building new boats. Once back on dry land it was time to move onto our next hotel which was just down the road.
This was an extra special welcome as we had to get a small boat to take us to Coconut Lagoon. You feel like you’re entering Lothlorien, the Elven land from Lord of the Rings.
As you disembark the staff are playing flutes and drums to welcome you along with coconut water.
The resort is beautifully relaxing but also offers plenty of free activities such as a sunset cruise, morning yoga, butterfly garden, local bike rides around the villages and many more.
Alternatively you can spend your days lazing by the impressive swimming pool reading a good book.
The variety of food is astounding, either a large buffet style restaurant that also offers A La Carte or the more romantic setting of the intimate seafood restaurant out under the stars.
We opted for this on one night and it was special but very pricey for the seafood menu but more about seafood at our final stop. Save the best food until last!
It was a magical way to experience the backwaters and would definitely recommend lunch on the rice barges but then get lost in the luxury of Coconut Lagoon!