A day cruise lasts for four or five hours. It usually begins at 12 in the noon. You are served welcome drinks at the start of your trip. Once you settle down and start to enjoy the feel of the backwaters, the chef serves you lunch. The lunch menu can be customised according to your preferences. But generally, it consists of the following items.
- Rice, 2) Sambar, 3) Mixed vegetables curry 4) Fish fry 5) Banana Yogurt curry 6) Pappadam, 7) Salad, 8) Pickle, 9) Fruit and 10) Payasam (traditional Kerala dessert).
For vegetarian guests, the fish fry is replaced by another vegetable curry.
As you relax on the sundeck after your fulfilling lunch, you will enjoy views of lush paddy fields, rustic village homes, beautiful canoes and tropical coconut palms as the houseboat cruises through narrow canals. All the views are wonderfully complemented by the pleasant chirping of birds.
After the houseboat comes out into the broader areas of the backwaters, you could ask the friendly houseboat captain if you can take the wheel. He will happily allow it. With your hands on the steering wheel and the serene waters creating a perfect backdrop, you could ask one of your friends to take a picture.
During the final moments of the trip, you could absorb the natural beauty around you for one last time from the sundeck. You are certainly creating memories that you will look back to throughout your life. At this point, the chef serves you hot tea or coffee along with some authentic Kerala snacks. After your coffee, the houseboat anchors on the shore and it’s time for a hard goodbye, or most probably a “see you next time”.