One of the highlights of Kerala are its backwaters and the house boats cruising in them. The backwaters are networks of lakes, rivers and canals (manmade or natural) that occupy a good portion of the Kerala west coast. Allepey is the main port for houseboats and the starting point for cruises. The most popular format for cruises is leaving at noon, cruise around until five, stop for the night, cruise back to starting point. And that’s what we did.