The car broke, even before we left. Our guide found a nice replacement, and a few hours later we could move on. The road was exiting, in many ways. Indian traffic cannot be boring.... We arrived safely in Allepey. We visited the bazars in this little village near the water. Everywhere music, noise, people, colors, and exotic smells. We became the proud owners of toe rings and ankle bracelets. We stayed overnight in a nice homestay, next morning an exiting young driver joined us, and his Indian style of driving brought us to Kumarakom. The landscapes where surprisingly beautiful, and so was the house boat that waited for us on the backwaters. We were speechless, nothing more then 'oh' and 'waaw' came out.