I did my Backwaters Tour from Alappuzha (Alleppey) to Kollam and it was a fabulous day out. We left Alappuzha at about 10am and made our way south past lush vegetation of coconut trees and palm trees and people crossing the river on small ferries and coracles. Daily life all revolves around water as there's so much of it so you get to see people washing clothes and themselves, fishing, and transporting goods. We stopped for lunch at a very simple looking place where we were served veg curry, rice, samosa and fish on a banana leaf and then set off again passing by more of the same.
We then came to a series of Chinese fishing nets which were in a line either side of us, as we passed by some kind of power station (great place to put one, by the way!) and then there were more as we neared Kollam which were being used as it was early evening and the sun was going down. Here, they seem to leave the nets in for a long time before raising them which is different to how they fish in Kochi as, there, they drop and raise the nets between 250 and 350 times a day! We then reached Kollam, past the rather revealing Goddess of Light statue, at about 6:30pm. The trip cost Rs300 in February 2007.