|Fruits in House boat Kumarakom|
It had been long that we did not go to any new places. Bidar and Srisailam were hectic as we were travelling in Bike. This time we were planing for a week trip without bike.One fine afternoon,we came to know about Alleppey from one of my class mates. These pictures were nice. I was impressed with the arrangements.While discussing with my mates,my close friend suggested Kumarakom,just opposite to Alleppey with same facilities.
Kumarakom research from Wiki:
As per wiki Fishing, agribusiness and the travel industry are the major financial exercises. Kumarakom’s consummately adjusted tropical atmosphere is exceptionally conductive to development. The spot has spans of mangrove timberlands, paddy fields and coconut forests. Natural products like Mango, Ambazhanga, Puli (Tamerind), Chaambenga, Peraycka(Guuva), Banana,Aathaycka,Jackfruit and Pineapple develop here. Likewise, cocoa and espresso, chena(yam) and chembu (colocasia), develop well and were developed under the coconut trees. This rich agrarian condition is for the most part flooded utilizing sprinkled conduits and channels of the Meenachil stream. The littler trenches are frequently lined by hibiscus plants which lean somewhat over the waterways to shape a green covering, from which hang the flawless hibiscus blooms.
In the past days, when the bund disengaging the backwaters from the sea was not yet amassed, the water in the conduits moved in and out with the sea tide and it was salty. After the Thanneermukkam bund was constructed, the relationship with the untamed sea was not free any more, in this way the tidal improvement of the water in the conduits stopped. It stagnated and after that a ton of water hyacinths started growing thickly in the canals,forming stunning green floor covers with pale lilac blooms mats.
We checkout few places like makemytrip,yatra and few local travel agent. We were not that happy.Finally with the help of tripadvisor and yatra,we selected our journey. As per the guide,we booked ticket in 17320 up Sabari express.Initially we got booking till Alleppey but later in the journey we extended to kottayam. It was almost 27 hours journey from Hyderabad. As our hometown is in West Bengal,that is 26 hours journey minimum,so that was not a big problem for us.We took railway food from railway canteen.We settled down a bit.
We got introduced to a couple who were going for honeymoon and a family who is going to home town Kerala for a vacation. We learned from them that most of the boats used Coconut oil for curry,and they used local rice which was hard to digest.From train we called up the hotel and house boat owner for the food inquiry. Both of them assured us that mustard oil would be used and they would give us normal rice.We took local food like dahi bada,idly,plain dosa for refreshment.Friday at around 12 noon we boarded the train and we reached Kottayam at 3 PM nextday.After train crossed Hyderabad border ,It was beautiful green scenario all along.From Kotyam we took auto to reach Kumarakom. The road was ok .There was a huge language problem.But we could make a conversation with him with little telegu and broken English.It was a 30 minutes journey to the hotel. No proper signboard was available. The more we approached towards kumarakom, the more we got paddy field along with scenic beauty.
After a lot of inquiry we finally found our gold field resort.we booked the Vambonad lake view rooms. we were tired . Just after a quick bite to the pokara and a sip of tea we slept. In the evening, we sat by the lake and enjoyed the backwater view.Later we went to market and fixed an auto who would drop us to the near by jetty. we came back to hotel for dinner.The dinner was buffet. We tasted the crab and fresh fish. we called for the day.
Next day,we wake up by alarm,enjoyed the sunrise in vambonad lake. We were full of joy.An excitement engulfed us to see the house boat. Also we were anxious to see how we would spend 24 hours there. Auto guy was very punctual. He came in right time. We checked out from hotel and headed for jetty. There we got introduced to Mr Sreekumar the owner of the boat. Name of the boat was Maniyara.
After we boarded the house boat,a cool perfumed tissue was given just to clean and get relaxed.After that welcome drinks were served. There were 2 persons,one driver and one cook in the ship.
We started exactly at 11AM in the morning. The scenic beauty of vambonad lake was awesome. We started clicking pictures. Driver knew little English.We started chatting with him.The boat was a motorboat. It was an A/C boat. The wash room was also neat and clean. All costly materials were used. We took bath and were ready for lunch.the boat was running for 2 hours and it needed a break too. We landed near an abandoned church. As we were Bengali and fish lover,Srikumar had arranged two types of fishes in lunch. The food looked yummy. We jumped on the table.As we wanted our dishes with less spice,the cook had made all the dishes with mild/no spice. We ate full. Specially the dal fry and fish fry were awesome. The Menu was something like –
- Potato curry
- Fish fry
- Fish Kaliya
After such huge lunch,we sat on the A/C hall.We were watching all the birds and paddy fields. We went towards Alleppey and saw how the local people use boat as a medium of transport.Along with us there were several other boat.The lake was beautiful with colorful boats.There were different varieties of boats. Double Decker,2 BHKs,1 BHK,AC,Non AC. Surprisingly,we found one Indian oil petrol pump in an Island specially made for boats.We saw how big boats took diesel. Near around 4 o’clock they served hot pakori with tea.As this was my birthday,they made birthday payas[Sweet rice made of milk].We headed towards the fish market.Fish market was no way a market place,it was just a tiny island with 3/4 vendors. We got fresh jumbo fresh water prawn,cultivated in Vambonad lake.It was costing Rs750Kg. We purchased 2 Kgs.Around 6 o’clock we reached a paddy field where there was a connection of electricity. I must say they had arranged a lot for tourists. There were another boat of the same owner came. We chatted a bit with other boat passenger. from then on words,the captain and cook went to their cabin nearby.The boat was tied with a big tree.
We were free to go anywhere.But miles after miles there were no trace of human.We returned as the sun was about to set.At around 7:30 they started the electric shower and bath tub. We refreshed ourselves with hot water. Our boat was having a TV with local cable connection. We enjoyed some local music along with a movie. At around 9 PM,they served dinner.
All same dish with two more extra dishes..1. Prawn 2. Chicken
When we finished dinner,it was too much for us. We had to take antacid.:)
At around 11PM we slept. In this time I just wanted to let you know more about kumarakom as per same wiki,The travel industry in Kumarakom to a great extent spins – around the backwaters of the Vembanad Lake. A few extravagance and spending resorts arranged on the shores of the lake give sightseers offices for sailing, yachting and angling, with all encompassing perspectives of the lake. The other significant fascination is the Bird Sanctuary visited by kayaks orchestrated by neighborhood anglers at the passageway to the sanctuary.Best time to visit asylum is morning and night. A two-hour paddling kayak trip is very shabby, and is best attempted at night or early morning to stay away from the evening sun. Feathered creature haven open time is from 6AM to 6PM