I grew up in Kerala which is popularly known “God’s own country.” Many often wonder and have asked me this question – why is it called so? If you want the answer, I would like to invite you to experience a slow travel journey in a rice boat cruising through a paradise of backwaters, Alleppey, also known as the ‘Venice of the East’. It is in the Center of Kerala’s backwaters and home to an extensive network of waterways.
Once you arrive in Alleppey, you will be greeted by Ferry boats, Shikaras, Colourful Houseboats, and a series of boats luring you to take a ride along the canals. Could anything be better than cruising through the interconnected canals having a glimpse of the paddy fields, coconut groves, quacking ducks, fishing nets, villages, and temples on both sides? The local people in Alleppey live along the canals, row around their boats and go about their usual daily routine. While you cruise slowly down these waterways witness floating markets in the foreground of lush green paddy fields with farmers toiling in their labour of love!
The people of this land are industrious in their own place and have specialized in several cottage industry products such as toddy, coir and other handcrafted coconut artefacts. While you are cruising in your houseboat provided with all the creature comforts for your travel, treat yourself to a delectable meal of Keralan Seafood made with locally sourced ingredients under the starry night sky on the deck.
Learn fishing techniques from a Local fisherman or swim in the freshwater lakes, or stopover at an ancient Hindu temple for the evening aarti, Kerala is indeed God’s own country!