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Kerala - Alappuzha-Alleppey - Turning the boat in the other direction

I have already written that staying on a houseboat isn't exactly cheap, certainly not for who’s travelling by himself.
In Alappuzha I found an excellent budget homestay and the family advised me to visit the canals by a smaller boat. They also gave me a target price per hour which I should be able to negotiate.

With this information I went to the North Canal in the centre of town.
There I was immediately approached by a man who pointed to his boat and suggested to go sailing for a few hours. It was the boat on this picture that had room for five to six passengers.
On my announcement that I was alone and this boat was intended for several people, the man replied that he was going to make a good price for me. This is obviously something that you constantly hear and I was expecting a long discussion about the price, a long game of bargaining that I’ve never really liked that much.

To my great surprise, the man suggested an amount per hour that was lower than what I was told in the homestay and that I had already accepted for myself.
So what was the pitfall … but there turned out to be none. I was supposed to bargain but actually I found it was a good price 
Were there so few visitors in Alappuzha and was the need to find a passenger that high?

So with this man and his boat I made a trip of about three to four hours and decided to make later another sunset trip with him.
On the photo you can see how the man had to turn his boat at a place where that canal became too small to continue.

At a previous picture I wrote that the canals often have many houses built in a long line under the palm trees along both sides of the water. The houses are built on a quite limited area between the canal and the fields that are usually rice fields and they can be quite extensive.

It struck me that often the ground floor of the houses was partially lower than the water surface in the canal.
The fields were at an even lower level. Only the path along the canal was located on a higher level.
One of the pictures in the WS shows this situation.
The consequence is that in case of heavy rainfall and flooding in the monsoon season not only the fields are flooded but also the houses in which the people live …

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