After early breakfast proceed to to visit the famous Bharananganam St. Alphonsa Church (2 hrs drive)
it is the place holding the mortal remains of Saint Alphonsa (1910–1946). Saint Alphonsa is the first woman to be conferred sainthood from the Kerala Church, which traces its origins to the visit of St. Thomas around 2,000 years ago to preach the gospel in India, and the second Indian to get that status after St Gonsalo Garcia. The death anniversary of Saint Alphonsa, which falls on 28 July is an important day for the devotees. Every year on this day, thousands of devotees visit this holy shrine, where the mortal remains of the saint is preserved, to pray and seek her blessings.
Later drive to Alleppey (1 hour 30 minutes’ drive) On arrival at Alleppey boat jetty board your houseboat for one night cruise through stretches of the fascinating backwaters here. After an introduction to the crew of your houseboat the cruise begins, serenely coursing through canals past hamlets, reach Champakulam, where you will visit the ancient St. Mary’s church here believed to have been founded by St.Thomas in AD 427. You will also get to see a ‘Chundan’, a boat of indigenous design used in popular races in the area and later visit a local market.
The sunset is spectacular with the water and sky shimmering crimson in unison. This is perfect time to board a country craft or canoe to go up the numerous canals right up to the many houses and their evening activities. Glide past chatting women who wash the vessels in the water or see children tend to their ducks. The best part is that the villagers are unaware of what unusual sights they make for the visitors or the wonder that the onlooker feels about their lives.
The cruise halts close to sunset and you will stay on the boat overnight at a point that is the confluence of three rivers.
Overnight at House Boat (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
YOUR SLEEPING CABIN
All boats now offer en-suite cabins with double bed and shower/washroom. Air conditioning will be provided only night hrs.
FOOD ABOARD THE BOAT
All meals are cooked and served aboard the boat and feature the typical Kerala cuisine. Indeed, may Keralites believe that you get the best food in houseboats!
- All Meals
- AC during sleeping hours
- Soft Drinks