Alleppey, popularly known as Venice of the East, is the place of immense natural beauty with lakes , lagoons and fresh water rivers and a houseboat day cruise or an over night stay is a must if you visit tourist places in Alleppey. In any houseboat cruise food is also a icnluded as a part of the price the guests pay and complete breakfast along with lunch,dinner and evening snacks is provided on board of a houseboat in Kerala. Though based on the tradition of fish and vegetables, in keeping with the demands of a cosmopolitan clientele, the cuisine served aboard on houseboats in Kerala vary depending on the clients requirements.
When guests can check in at 12:00 hrs, they will be welcomed with fresh tender coconut water or juices.Once the house boat cruise starts the guests will relax and enjoy the canals and backwaters. Toddy can be bought from toddy shops on shore and it is a soft liquor made from Coconut it is safe pure and sweet. At around 13:00 hrs houseboats will stop for lunch either in the middle of the backwaters or at shore as per the request of the guest and a with lavish menu of traditional Kerala cuisine is served on board.The food is cooked inside the boat by a chef and guests can visit the kitchen to checkout the food preparation and the Kerala houseboat menu.Normally traditional kerala food is served with rice, sambar, vegetarian dishes, fish fry, pickles, papad , salads and sweets . The food is cooked from fresh and seasonal vegetables and fish and chicken are purchased just before the cruise starts. In case any of the guests are successful in catching some fish on board it will be cooked as well . Guests can also buy crab , fish or lobsters from shores and request the chef to cook the same on board for lunch or dinner in the houseboat and just imagine the taste of bug tiger prawns or lobsters cooked on the boat on your request.
Houseboats crew will provide guests with evening coffee/ tea with traditional kerala style snacks like Banana fry or Finger Chips or Tapioca Chips at around 16:30 and the boat will anchor on shore at 17:30. The boats will anchor on shore at 17:30 and guests can get a chance to go out and walk along the riverside or villages or go for canoeing by renting out a canoe and come back. When guests come back in the evening, they can enjoy the dinner in houseboat freshly cooked by the guest.
Early morning at around 6:30 hrs Bed tea / Coffee will be provided sipping which you can enjoy the sunrise in backwaters. Before checking out breakfast will be served at around at 8:00 hrs which will include either the option of Bread+ butter + Jam + omelets or an option with South Indian food items like dosa, idly with sambar and chutney , tea /coffee.
If guests request the menu can be changed and guests can avail continental menu or north Indian menu chilli chicken, ginger chicken chilly fish , dal fry, alu gobi, gobi manchurian etc and food can be prepared according to their taste buds and preferences, and foreign guest can get food specially made with less spice or without spice etc.Most houseboats also have trained staff with valid licenses for cooking the food and serving it fresh and tasty giving importance to hygiene.
An indicative Kerala Houseboat menu is shown below which is usually served in houseboats in Kerala
|On Arrival||Welcome drink/Tender Coconut/ Fresh juice|
|Breakfast||Bread toast, Butter, Jam, Egg Omelet, Fruits
Appam/ Idiappam Veg. Curry/ Egg Curry, Steamed Banana.
Idli/Dosa, Sambar, Steamed Banana.
|Lunch|| Vegetarian Dishes
Sambar, Aviyal, Thoran, Pappad, Pickle, Curd, Green Salad.
Non. Veg. Dishes like Kerala Speciality Karimeen Fish fry.
|Evening Tea||Tea/ Coffee
Banana fry or Finger Chips or Tapioca Chips.
|Dinner|| Vegetarian Dishes
Dal Fry, Alu- Gobi, Rasam, Curd, Mezhukkupuratty, Pappad, pickle, Green salad.
Non. Veg. Dishes
Special Kerala Chicken Curry
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