Back Waters

Trip Start Feb 15, 2006
Trip End Feb 16, 2007

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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Today we take the train to Alleppey and nearly missed our station. Ben asked the ticket inspector if this was our stop he said no, then 60 seconds before the train was due to set off he decided it was and promptly threw us and our bags off while the train was moving!

The accommodation in our guide book isn't very imaginable so we trust a rikshaw driver (for the first time ever) to find us some where to stay and he comes up trumps on his 3rd attempt at the Heritage Home. It's beautiful wooden cottage with open air bathroom at the back of a small guest house. We dump our bags and go in search of food.

As nice as the cottage is we hadn't planned on sharing it with the biggest cockroaches I have ever seen! Ben thinks it's hilarious; as he tries to catch one it flies into me on the bed. I scream in horror and he falls about laughing not being the hero I expect him to be. As soon as one is evicted another appears. We locate their entrance and stuff my hair towel in it to keep them out. I sleep with one eye open all night and in the morning Ben doesn't need to ask me twice to get out of bed.

Today we look at Rice boats as we plan to spend a few days on the water but we are unsure which to book as we have spoke to people who have been seriously ripped off. Most of the boats were two bedrooms and as nice as they were they were just too big for two people. We eventually find a small, perfect boat with an upstairs deck. It's the best we have seen so we discuss price and the menu since I'm such a fussy eater. We set sail tomorrow at 11am. We take a stroll to the beach which is deserted and there isn't much to do except go to the secret beach which can't be that much of a secret since 8 people stopped and asked if we wanted to go. We head back to our room.

We arrive at the boat early with beers in hand and settle in. The small out board engine starts and the captain pushes us away from the waters edge and we set of on our two day voyage of the back waters.

As we pass the place where the snake boat race culminates and see a new stand is being built, wish we could be here in August to see all the fun. We crack open a beer and take a seat on the top deck and make a toast to still living life on the open road (or should that be water way). It's hot with no breeze and we pass several other boats who raise there full glasses to us and we raise ours back. Lunch is soon served. There's enough to feed a family of eight. We eat as much as we can and throw some to the fish. We sail down narrow and large canals and come to rest for the evening. We swim and I last all of two minutes as the fish nibble at my legs. Dinner is a feast and once we are full to bursting we retire to bed in need of sleep.

Breakfast is ok but I miss my cornflakes and now that the cook has mastered the art of coffee we drink several cups while the captain gets us ready to set sail. Ben and I spend the whole day playing cards on the bed up front and the captain tells us we can sleep out here tonight. We eat, drink and have a relaxing day and sleep under the stars. It rains about 5am and the covers come down so we don't get too wet.

We head back to where we started and wait for the boat to take us to Kollam.

To be continued. . . . .
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