Alappuzha is in the heart of Kerala’s back waters with many boat trips to choose from. The overnight stays tend to be on large house boats that are really quite luxurious and expensive. We opted for a day trip on a small canoe with three other people and a driver. This allowed us to explore the really narrow passages and gather a true insight into how the local people thrive in these remote back waters and how they continue to develop the small amount of land they have. The overall trip was very pleasant, which included a traditional banana leaf lunch at a local family’s house and time to walk around one of the villages. It cost ₹1,000 each for everything.

We also visited Alappuzha beach but the weather was just abysmal. It was nothing like the beautiful pictures on the internet but I guess the beach gradually transforms as the monsoon season comes to an end.