Picture perfect horizon, clear sky ending at the palm and the coconut trees at both the shores and the river going in between…the simple picture you can see at any of the tourism promotion of Kerela. But this is what I found at Alappuzha or, better known as Alleppey. To call Alleppey the “Venice of East” maybe a cliché, but there is truth in its lush greenery.
Alleppey has those narrow canals which connect the larger water bodies. To traverse these water inlets, people depend on a Shikara, the country boat. On either side, there are simple dwellings of the fishermen.
- Alappuzha (or, Alleppey) is approx. 600km from Bangalore
- Well-connected with Buses and Trains from different cities
- One can also drive to reach here carrying along the beautiful scenes of the place
The following cruise has been arranged by a Resort (for more information, contact the author through email – firstname.lastname@example.org
It is a 1.5-2 hour cruise in a medium sized boat.
To keep in mind:
- Wear loose, comfy clothesTake shades, water bottle
- Be happy to enjoy
- Maintain the sanity of Nature – please refrain from throwing anything into the water
Here I flow through your vein,
To the mystic destiny of being sane.
Once I get to see you,
My heart gets struck with the flow of your view.
Is that you that makes me wonder?
Or, is it my sublimity that does the ponder?
Thus to enjoy the kaleidoscope of Kerala, you have to be in one of the Resorts where we were in. We booked a package which included this ‘Sunset Cruise’. After starting the cruise, I was sure that availing this would give me a lifelong experience to remember. Being in the pristine backwaters, through its water canal, when you will move sitting in your own boat, you will find the small huts of the fishermen and them sitting patiently with their large fishing nets dipped down into the water. When these nets get up to make a way for you, you will feel that warmth of welcome moving onwards. The sky remains clear during the month of December – January, though the temperature soaring at around 32-35 degrees in the afternoons. But the idyllic water canal will never remind you of this.
The blue sky bordered with sumptuous greeneries, and base-lined with the mirror like water, will surely make you go high on your heels. The sun reflections through the horizon, the Egret birds searching for their food, the fishermen with their nets to catch the fish, few children at the shore playing silently – just like a silent movie strip going on and you are the motionless beholder moving on and watching it. Nature, being always on duty just helping you to see herself at her work. It shows off to you that how peacefully life can move, how aesthetically work can be done.
When at the sudden sound of your boat, the birds will fly away to another part of the water, you will get to see how the sky gets filled up with their wings when they take off. These sights will make you leap wholeheartedly for repeat telecast always. And yes you will get that actually.
I also noticed that sometimes the birds take their easy way of snatching their prey from the Chinese fishing net itself, and while I could click it, the sun rays gave an extremely precious look over the nets to frame those moments.
Once we reached the nearby beach to take a break and view the Arabian Sea, I had a curiosity of how will the whole scenery be with the sun on the horizon. OK, who knew Nature had something in store for me. After having a 15 minutes stroll on the beach and having some ‘Chai’ (Tea) from the road-side stalls, we returned to our boat for the return journey.
Sunset – the idealized romance, as many will agree with me, that Nature expresses keeping us as the spectator. Yes, the returning journey from the Alleppey beach did serve our group of cruisers this spectacular experience garnished with the backdrop of the backwaters. To every direction we could look, Nature provided a series of frames, which could not be just captured into a digital media.
You need to be mesmerized, you need to lose yourself amidst the beauty to engross that epiphany of day’s last beauty. Over the horizon, once it was the silhouette of the Chinese fishing nets, while as the boat turned, it was another picture of the silhouette with the series of palm and coconut trees. Their dark outline over the orange background and the red ball of Sun will surely make you realize how beautiful and serene the Nature can be, even when you are sailing on a boat on a rivulet.
It’s like a Love at first sight – taking away your breath, making you stare for moments. The trip finally is a self-metamorphism that will unite you with your inner self to make you more motivated and instill a positivism for the next day’s fresh start. Finally, we reached back at our Resort at around 6:00 P.M.
[Dated: January 01, 2016; Images: Taken by the writer]