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I’m participating in the #AtoZBloggingChallenge 2016 with the theme – Pins on the Map of my Memory – which is about places that bear a special connection with me for reasons mostly personal!

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A for Alappuzha or Alleppey – the Venice of the East!

Green. Calm. Tranquil.

A perfect getaway to unwind, relax and connect as a family! Our very first experience of Alleppey’s green-fringed backwaters!

Best family holiday ever in a long time since we moved back to India from the quiet suburbs of Cheshire! The first of the many trips to follow.

Our most mesmerisingly beautiful experience – staying by the mighty lake, Vembanad, What really helped was that the property we stayed in, was kid-friendly, which meant we had ample space for outdoor sport to keep our little man occupied with plenty of activities during the mornings, so that the rest of the day could be spent in sightseeing.

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The Vembanad Lake beyond the hotel pool

We also loved the sunset cruise, so much so, that we went on it every single day during our stay! What a unique experience it was to witness a spectacular sunset – to see a fiery sun dip right into the sea!

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The view from the cruise!

And, then there were the leisurely boat rides that took us along lush green paddy fields, with the backwaters being almost on the same level as the land, so we got to see a village as we’d never get to, otherwise. Going past the colourful walls of the village houses, men and women going about their daily chores, children marching to school, the well-rounded rice barges and punted canoes and toddy shops – all along a watery world, almost like a passing tableau of sorts!

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A village scene

Seven years since that trip, but seems just like yesterday! Getting to know this amazing place just helps because we know exactly what to expect now and we love it!

If you are planning to take a quiet break, this place comes highly recommended for you! It might be the beginning of many trips to follow, you never know!

 

 

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