The town of Alleppey (Alappuzha in Malayalam language) is criss-crossed by a network of canals – a bit like the symmetry of Manhattan at a push. In earlier days it was called the Venice of the East. Now that makes me cringe. But I would certainly go with the Venice of India.
The canal (above) is around the corner from our hotel. And it is on canals like these that you will take your houseboat cruise – a mini floating hotel with your private local staff of three gliding you through serene swaying palms with glimpses of real village life as you cruise by.
A happy man but what does he sell? You can ask him if you come visit. He’s not a million miles away from the hotel! But I don’t think you’ll be shopping with him somehow
Strong-looking lady in her colourful sari at the local market selling coconuts for countless Kerala dishes.
Pics by our chef Ananthu A. & senior steward Phillip J.