Sunday, August 7, 2011

Cruising by Houseboat on the Ashtamudi Lake

A 22 hour cruise by houseboat is something like what the doctors don't order these days. No TV. Simply ruminate while looking around at water, breeze, greenery and permanent lake-residents. I would prescribe it freely to anyone who considers time as being ever more valuable than money. It was a two-room houseboat, with an open sitting area. For day trips the boat could easily accommodate and cater to a group of 20. Here are views of Ashtamudi Lake and views from the houseboat. I wish I could share hundreds more!




Being vegetarians, we were treated to an extra-sumptuous feast soon after boarding. As many as six different vegetable preparations accompanied the typical Kerala sadya-like lunch. Dinner was simple roti-vegetables, and breakfast was a favourite - idiappam and vegetable stew. Rather reluctantly we disembarked to enable the noses to get back to the respective grindstones. Off season rate for the 22-hour cruise is Rs 8500/ (includes a 2-hour long mini-boat cruise along narrow canals, where you get a chance to see the life thriving by the canal-sides).
Our son had a go at the helm- was he thrilled!
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10 comments:

  1. that sounds like a relaxing trip.

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  2. I agree with the others, it does sound so peaceful and what a great way to get away from the everyday hassle!! Terrific captures and post for the day, Swama! Hope you have a lovely week!

    Sylvia

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  3. i enjoy boat rides...i'm on vacation mode when i ride boats.:p the water is just relaxing. sounds like a wonderful trip.

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  4. What a great ride! And the meal sounds delicious too. (I'm vegetarian.)

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  5. SO cute! It was I really enjoyed well. Nice photography. Thanks for sharing with us.
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  6. Beautiful journey through inland waters...

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