Alleppey

FRIDAY 13th March 2015

Today we drove to Alleppey to spend a day cruising the backwaters of the region and a night on a houseboat. The boat was a bit rustic but it was comfortable enough. We had three crew – driver, boat boy and cook. They made us feel very welcome and the food was very good but as usual there was too much of it.

The backwaters area has many rice paddies that were created with man made canals. The area is lightly populated with rice farmers and fishermen.

Alleppey 1 - On the way from Kochi lots of up market hi-rise apartment buildings

Alleppey 1 – On the way from Kochi lots of up market hi-rise apartment buildings

Alleppey 2 - Spinning coconut husks to make coir - these poor people are at the bottom of the rung earning less than $10 per day

Alleppey 2 – Spinning coconut husks to make coir – these poor people are at the bottom of the rung earning less than $10 per day

Alleppey 3 - Loading coir rope on to a roller

Alleppey 3 – Loading coir rope on to a roller

Alleppey 4 - Weaving coir rope to make carpet

Alleppey 4 – Weaving coir rope to make carpet

Alleppey 5 - Coir carpets that sell for $3

Alleppey 5 – Coir carpets that sell for $3

Alleppey 6 - Roadside stall for fresh coconut milk - delicious

Alleppey 6 – Roadside stall for fresh coconut milk – delicious

Alleppey 7 - Cashew nuts growing

Alleppey 7 – Cashew nuts growing

Alleppey 8 - Village house on fifth of an acre for sale at $80,000 - I think she is dreaming but happy to show us through

Alleppey 8 – Village house on fifth of an acre for sale at $80,000 – I think she is dreaming but happy to show us through

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alleppey 9 - Owner of house for sale

Alleppey 9 – Owner of house for sale

Alleppey 10 - Luxury house boat - our digs for the night - a bit rustic

Alleppey 10 – Luxury house boat – our digs for the night – a bit rustic

Alleppey 11 - Houseboat - Lyn on the bow

Alleppey 11 – Houseboat – Lyn on the bow

Alleppey 12 - Houseboat - Map of the Backwaters

Alleppey 12 – Houseboat – Map of the Backwaters

Alleppey 13 - Houseboat - Lyn relaxing in the lounge

Alleppey 13 – Houseboat – Lyn relaxing in the lounge

Alleppey 14 - Houseboat - Sailing the canals between the rice paddies

Alleppey 14 – Houseboat – Sailing the canals between the rice paddies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alleppey 15 - Houseboat - Hard working lone fisherman

Alleppey 15 – Houseboat – Hard working lone fisherman

Alleppey 16 - Houseboat - Our bed with mosquito netting

Alleppey 16 – Houseboat – Our bed with mosquito netting

Alleppey 16 - Houseboat 1 - Ferry transport on the backwaters

Alleppey 16 – Houseboat 1 – Ferry transport on the backwaters

Alleppey 16 - Houseboat 2 - Living on the lake

Alleppey 16 – Houseboat 2 – Living on the lake

Alleppey 16 - Houseboat 3 - Rice paddy

Alleppey 16 – Houseboat 3 – Rice paddy

Alleppey 16 - Houseboat 4 - Fishing boat used on the lake - note the shaft with propellor

Alleppey 16 – Houseboat 4 – Fishing boat used on the lake – note the shaft with propellor

Alleppey 16 - Houseboat 5 - Local store on the backwaters

Alleppey 16 – Houseboat 5 – Local store on the backwaters

Alleppey 16 - Houseboat 6 - Large house boat

Alleppey 16 – Houseboat 6 – Large house boat

Alleppey 16 - Houseboat 7 - Up market house on the backwaters

Alleppey 16 – Houseboat 7 – Up market house on the backwaters

Alleppey 16 - Houseboat 8 - Backwaters Bar and Restaurant

Alleppey 16 – Houseboat 8 – Backwaters Bar and Restaurant

Alleppey 16 - Houseboat 9 - Lyn happy relaxing

Alleppey 16 – Houseboat 9 – Lyn happy relaxing

Alleppey 16 - Houseboat 10 - A catholic church on the backwaters

Alleppey 16 – Houseboat 10 – A catholic church on the backwaters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alleppey 17 - Houseboat - Michael looking at home driving the boat

Alleppey 17 – Houseboat – Michael looking at home driving the boat

Alleppey 18 - Houseboat - Even Lyn had a go

Alleppey 18 – Houseboat – Even Lyn had a go

Alleppey 19 - Houseboat - Michael being supervised by the crew

Alleppey 19 – Houseboat – Michael being supervised by the crew

Alleppey 20 - Houseboat - Cook and one of the crew

Alleppey 20 – Houseboat – Cook and one of the crew

 

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