Originally Posted by Rajvel
Really each and every pictures narrates the story behind that.
My confusion is that to go
Karnataka(Kollur and Horanadu) OR Allepey.
As we are starting tomorow.
Thank you Rajvel. So, where have you ended up - Karnataka or Kerala?
Originally Posted by AppU
Mind Blowing Pics
After seeing your Pics I may try to buy some SLR's. If I decided to buy, Immediately I'll call to you to get some idea about the Lens
Thanks AppU. You should buy one.
Originally Posted by Gurrala74
What a Travelogue buddy !! with some real professionalism in the pics. It just made my memories fresh from our trip in 2007. Awesome work man !! keep it up
Thank you Gurrala74. Glad you like it.
The next day, we were picked up at 8:00am from our in in a tempo traveler. We were the first to get in. Went around picking up people and finally landed at the place, (near Vaikom), where we were to take the house boat at around 10 am.
At the time of booking, we were told of a 4 hour house boat cruise and a 3 hour country boat ride, with lunch served in the houseboat.
At the time of boarding we found another tempo traveler full of tourists who were to join us, making the total no. of tourist to 30.
30 persons sitting on plastic chairs on the deck of a houseboat was not what we had bargained for. Still, getting to know people various countries, making new friends and some educative field walks make up for it.
The guide was explaining about the method of collecting Mussels and took orders for freshly cooked Mussels at 75Rs a plate (less spicy, spicy and more spicy)
Starting our cruise… Taking it easy on the boat… An island… A fisherman sorting out his net…
We stopped by the banks after about an hour of cruising and were shown toddy tapping in action, an old abandoned kiln and to a village house. We spend around one hour there and then returned back. When we returned to the boat, we were served the cooked mussels.
The guide then tried and sold bottles of toddy to us for 100 rs a bottle. After we reached our starting point, we were served veg food prepared in a house on the shore and had to eat it in the boat. 30 people sitting on plastic chairs eating out of a plate held in our hand was not my idea of ‘Lunch in the Houseboat’ either
The abandoned Klin… Inside the kiln….
The tapper climbs at the top of the tree and select a half matured bud, cut its top shapes its ridge with the mud and place a mud pitcher so that the oozing liquid is collected in the pitcher without losing even a drop. He mildly taps the selected bud from bottom to top so that the sap flows smooth to the pitcher. His next visit is to collect the liquid in to a jar attached to the belt, descent and take the product to the contractor (two visits a day early morning and evening). That collected in the evening would be ready to use by the morning (as it becomes adequately fermented within that time). It is the fermentation that adds ‘kick’ to the brew For easy climbing coconut husks are attached with coir on the tree in every two feet interval lengths; changing a tree in to a ladder..
A country boat in a narrow canal…
Toddy tapper getting ready to sell the toddy that he had collected….
Out he goes…
Another man out on his boat….
75 Rs worth of cooked less spicy mussels..
A tourist taking a swig of toddy…
Two women rowing their boat….
Crossing a bridge…
An island in the sun…
An old woman loosening up the fibre…
A woman walk backwards several hundreds of times a day, guiding the fibres through her hands from the make shift bag tied around her waists. The spindles on the machine is turned by a motor and spins the fibres into a solid strands of rope. Later, 2 strands are spun together to form a finished rope. Coir rope - in the making...
Country boat ride through narrow canals…
Coconuts left to dry in the sun for oil extraction later…
The banks of the canals are covered to prevent erosion…
A nice boat….
After the canal ride, we were dropped at our Inn.
As the sun had not set, we decided to take a ferry ride from Mattancherry jettey to Ernakulam main jetty round trip to see the Kochi harbor…