Alleppey Houseboat Food Menu, Itinerary, Sightseeing

 

  • Alleppey Houseboat Food Menu?

The food is cooked inside the Houseboat by a chef and guests can visit the kitchen to check out the food preparation and the Kerala houseboat menu. Normally traditional Kerala food is served with rice, sambar, vegetarian dishes, fish or chicken, pickles, papad , salads and sweets .

In case any of the guests are successful in catching some fish on board it will be cooked as well. Guests can also buy crab, fish or lobsters from shores and request the chef to cook the same on board for lunch or dinner in the houseboat

If guests request the menu can be changed and guests can avail continental menu or north Indian menu.

Deluxe Houseboat Menu
Welcome Drink – Tender Coconut,
LUNCH
1. Rice
2. Sambar
3. Salad
4. Mixed Vegetables Thoran (Carrot, Cabbage, Beans)
5. Mezhukupurathy (Long Beans)
6. Bitter Guard Fry
7. Fish Fry (Pearl Spot / Seer Fish)
8. Banana Kalan
9. Pappadam
10. Pickle
11. Payasam-Vermicelli
12. Fruits (Pineapple)
TEA
1. Coffee or Tea
2. Milk
3. Banana Fritters
DINNER
1. Chappati
2. Dal Curry
3. Chicken Roast
4. Vendakka Mezhukupurathy
5. Boiled Vegetable
6. White Rice& Raitha
7. Salad
8. Black Tea/Coffee
BREAK FAST
1. Bread, Butter, Jam
2. Eggs to order
3. Dosa/Idly
4. Sambar
5. Fruits Cuts
6. Coffee/Tea

Kuttanad Farming

The vast backwater stretches of Kuttand in Allappey an important backwater destination in Kerala is one of the few places in the world where farming is carried out below sea level. Q, S, T& R Block kayals is a striking example of the indigenous agricultural engineering know-how. Here, cultivation and habitation are made possible at four to 10 feet below sea level by reclaiming land from the backwaters and building dykes around it. Farming is the main stay occupation here and large farming areas near Vembanad Lake are actually reclaimed from the lake. The history of the paddy cultivation in Kuttanad can be traced back to centuries. The pioneering reclamation activity of kayal cultivation was made by two brothers Mathai Luka Pallithanam and Ouseph Luka Pallithanam belonging to Kainady village in Kuttanad. The period between 1865 and 1890 is considered as the first phase of kayal cultivation.

Following the Land Reclamation Act which decreed that whoever reclaims land from water can own it, many enterprising farmers took up the challenge leading to massive redemption of land from the lake. Under this reclamation scheme,kayal land was notified for reclamation in blocks each named by an English alphabet. In the first period Blocks A to G measuring 6300 Acres were reclaimed. During the second period of new reclamation, blocks H to N measuring 3600 acres were reclaimed and during the third period of new reclamation R Block Kayal measuring 1,400 acres were reclaimed by the joint effort of eight families.

Life in the Backwaters

Ways of life on the backwaters have a different set of rules, since there are no roads to depend on; canals, rivers and lakes make for travel routes. The backwaters in Kerala are the source of livelihood and the lifeline of the state nurturing a flourishing agriculture and fishing industry. Most families have a boat of their own and children learn to swim as early as they learn to walk.

School buses float, so do the postal services and the shops. Boats and canoes glide around selling fish, vegetables and daily requirements from house to house, women folk happily going about their daily chores since most of the houses are largely surrounded by water. The constant sound of washing clothes and utensils is all around. Most of the canals are bordered by small embankments, with paths lined by coconut palms that are tapped for toddy, and the coconut fibre is used for coir production. Large rice paddy fields lower than sea levels also dot the horizon.

Another important sight and pleasure hobby here is fishing. Just about anybody is happy waiting for the fish to bite as they sit on the banks of the lake. Local fisherman with their catch on their way to the market, ducks being guided along the water canal and children diving and bathing in the water are everyday scenes ratifying that the waterways are the real life line of these parts.

Kayal Raja of Kuttanad

Murikkummoottil Thommen Joseph (MurickenOuthachan) known locally as Kayal Raja, was an Indian visionary and social worker, who helped to transform parts of the Vembanad Lake, in Kerala from a marshy backwater into the rice bowl of Kerala, giving much needed jobs to tens of thousands and produced scarce grain for the population ravaged by the restrictions and scarcity of the World War I and II.

He started reclamation of Kayal (Lake) land under the orders of SreeChithiraThirunal, the then Maharaja of Travancore. The Kayal paddy fields reclaimed by him were named Chitthira (716 acres), Rani (568 acres) and Marthandom(674 acres) as a token of gratitude to the Travancore Royal Family. Thus the total Kayal reclaimed by Murickan is approximately 1958 acres. He did cultivation in a very large extent of reclaimed area and achieved such a success that he was crowned as “KrishiRajan” (farmer king) by the then prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru.

He was also a devout Catholic who built seven churches in his home state of Kerala. Muricken was one of the few who had the rare opportunity to have an audience with the Pope in his private chambers.

Activites

Fishing

The reservoir of water in Kuttand is filled with fish so naturally fishing is a means of livelihood. Besides paddy cultivation, it is one of the main sources of revenue for the people of this region. Fishing in Kerala’s serene backwaters and lagoons is truly a wonderful experience and holidaymakers are encouraged to try the various traditional fishing techniques used by the locals. Hand gathering of pearls spot, spearfishing, netting, angling and trapping to catch other varieties like the mullet, prawns, crabs, lobsters etc. a few of the tastiest varieties found in this area are the essential recreational activities one can try. Join the local fisherman for some night fishing in the backwaters. There are several fish farms here that are private and government owned. The shrimp farms (Tiger prawns) that are spread around offer opportunities to visitors to watch and catch them for either lunch or dinner.

Duck Rearing

Tending to ducks in the swamp and canal is another occupation of the people of Kuttanad. Paddy fields and canals are favourable for duck rearing and they are put in groups in the paddy fields. Since duck rearing is a subsidiary occupation for many farmers; thousands of ducks wadding over the fields, lakes and rivers is a beautiful sight across the district. A ready camera will help in getting the perfect picture.

Coir Industry

The people of Kuttanad have used the Vembanadkayal for developing the coir industry. Coir and coir products have good demand in the Indian and foreign markets and is an important means of livelihood; and entire villages are seen engaged in coir manufacture along the waterside. It is very interesting to watch the coir making by the village ladies with the help of weaving wheels. Handmade coir carpets and rugs with unique Kerala motifs are simply amazing, and for those ready to try their hands at it, the weavers will readily lend a helping hand to start the process.

Toddy Tapping

Toddy the fermented sap of the palm tree, a kind of country liquor is an intoxicating and popular drink consumed by the people. Toddy tapping from the palm trees is a common sight as villages are lined with these swaying palms. Any visitor who visits Kerala is likely to be attracted by the omnipresent boards before the thatched huts along the roads proclaiming the sale of kallu or toddy. These toddy shops are not visited merely for the toddy drink but also for the local delicacies like Tapiyoca& Shell fry that are served there. The food items have a local flavour that is typical of the countryside. Apart from the food and drinks served, the kallu shops are also venues for friendly gathering of the village people. Get adventurous and try toddy tapping and sip this heady drink.

Known by its sobriquet, Venice of the East, Alleppeywith its dazzling blue waters to blooming fragrance of spices, greenery of summers to the beauty of monsoon has enticed many a tourist to return again. Alleppey is easiest to access from Kochi.

By Air

Traveling to Alleppey by air is hassle free and the tourists can make their booking in the online sites of the airlines. Take a flight to Trivandrum (Trivandrum to Alleppey is 151 km), or to Kochi (Kochi to Alleppey is 85 km). These airports are connected to most of the major cities in India and abroad. There are facilities of hiring cars near the airport terminals that will take you to your destination.

 

By Road

Alleppey is connected by good highways that run across the length and breadth of the state. From the airports, one can hire a taxi or can get any other mode of transport at a reasonable price. The KSRTC bus service http://www.keralartc.comenables tourists and locals to travel throughout the state comfortably at reasonable ticket rates. Private bus services are also at present connecting Alleppey with other adjoining states. The distance between Alleppey and Trivandrum is 151 kms, while Ooty is about 306 kms; other notable destinations include Mysore and Calicut at a distance of 394 kms and 287 kms respectively. Use the online sites to book tickets for interstate destinations.

By Rail

Alleppey by railways is well connected from all cities in India and the journey is accompanied by serene landscape in the backdrop. The time traveling to Alleppey by train depends on the route of the train and the distance. Check trains, their timings and book online on the Indian railways website http://www.irctc.co.in. Alleppey railway station is within the city limits and one can get tuktuks, taxis, and buses from outside the station so as to reach your destination comfortably. Most resorts also offer transfers from the airport and railway station.

By Sea

Regular boat service and water taxis to places like Kottayam and Alleppey are available through the scenic backwaters of Kerala. Check http://www.swtd.gov.in for various routes from Allappey to other places.

FACTS

Weather

India has three major seasons: winter, summer and the monsoon. The winter months of November to March are pleasant, with lovely sunshine and cool nights. Summer temperature between March to June soar, hence sun protection is essential. Most of India and Kerala receive its major share of rainfall between June and September and tourists from across the state and country travel to this part to get a taste of the Kerala monsoon!

 

Dress

It is best if travellers wear loose and comfortable cotton clothes (it can avoid humidity during summer time), and should carry torch, mosquito repellent, mobile chargers, and compulsorily sun tan creams along with sunglasses and hats. Carrying some necessary medicines is also preferable. Best to dress modestly.

Language

Personnel at the airline, railway and telecommunication counters, hotels, resorts and offices are fluent in English and are helpful. Most signs and markings too are in English. Though the people of Kerala speak and understand both Malayalam and English it would prove really useful if you learn a few essential words and sentences in Malayalam that can help you find a way or communicate something important and at the same time make friends with the locals.

Local Tourist Attractions

Relax and explore the beautiful backwaters of Alleppey as you cruise in your traditional houseboat. The houseboat experience allows you to aimlessly drift past villages, temples, and churches and be thoroughly exposed to the rural lifestyle of the backwaters. One of the most popular stop-off points for visitors is:

  • Champakulam:  Where 500-year-old St. Mary’s Church shows definite traces of Hindu influence.
  • Pathiramanal:  A striking small island on the backwaters, a favourite haunt of hundreds of rare migratory birds from different parts of the world.
  • Ambalapuzha:  Kerala’s most famousSreekrishna Templewith the typical temple architectural style of the state.
  • R-Block:  Famous for farming over reclaimed land from the backwaters.
  • Karumadikuttan:  Well-known the black granite figure of Buddhan that is believed to have been created in the 9th or 10th Century.
  • Kumarakodi:  Kumaranasan, one of the greatest poets of modern Kerala is laid to rest here.
  • Krishnapuram Palace:  One of the most captivating attractions of the region. It was built by the Travancore king, MarthandaVarma, in the 18th century. It is a two-storied building crafted in the traditional Kerala architectural style.
  • Alappuzha Beach:  Alleppey Beach is commonly known as the Alappuzha Beachis one of the most renowned beaches. There is a 137 year old dock situated here, soaked in character.
  • Sea View Park:  A place to soak up the sun with your family or friends and enjoy a nice boat ride or swim.
  • Kallu shops:  Make it a point to visit these famous toddy bars. Kallu or toddyis an alcoholic beverage created from the sap of various species of palm tree such as the palmyra, date palms and coconut palms; it has been a traditional drink of Kerala. The toddy shops are not visited merely for toddy but also for the delicacies served there.
  • Enjoy the fresh friedlobsters available in the shacks on the water front or stop to purchase fresh water tiger prawnsfor your evening meal.
  • Visit the many shrimp cultivation farms spread over the place wherein the guests can watch and catch them for an authentic Kerala meal.
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