Kerala houseboats locally called as Kettuvallam, will take you to an expedition of Kerala in unique way. Bamboo poles, mats, coconut fibre, ropes etc together form 67 feet long with13 feet wide House boats constituting of furnished rooms. One can experience home like warmth and comfort in these house boats having balcony for angling adventure with an oarsmen, a cook and a guide to make your stay more comfortable.
These houseboats are like mini resorts with eco friendly and bamboo furniture. From television to mosquito curtains to bamboo mats, it has all the facilities of any luxury hotel. The romantic ambience tempts newly married couple to spend their precious time in serene manner.
Alappuzha or Alleppey is best place for house boats pleasures. With 120 houseboats, this place provides wide range of house boats’ hotel like accommodation. Go for an overnight stay to experience holistic backwaters of Kerala. Floating down narrow canals and waterways ruled by palm fringes of coconut with scenic landscapes. It’s the scenic beauty that gives its title of Venice of the East, so just come and explore the same in houseboat cruise. One can observe rural lifestyle of Kerala villages, and can taste “toddy”, a traditional mild alcoholic coconut drink.
Vembanad Lake is the longest lake in India and largest in Kerala with over 300 houseboats and is a water route to Kottayam. It is the venue of famous Nehru Trophy Boat Race and thus mostly visited by adventurous tourists. The surrounded arching coconut tree besides Vembanad waterways provides picturesque view of Lake. It will take you to unexplored region of inaccessible rural Kerala.
With lush green paddy fields, narrow canals, sidelined by coconut trees, houseboats offer splendid natural sights with panoramic view of the bright green villages where you can see them engaging in their traditional occupation of fishing along the sides of lake where. Not only this, one can enjoy bird watching from their balcony. Both local and migratory birds such as Siberian birds, Kingfishers, Water ducks, Cormorants, Egrets, Herons etc flock together and thus provides you with the pleasure of bird sanctuary right from your houseboat.
As far as cuisine is concerned, then Kerala sea food is just incomparable. Food served here is sea food mainly spicy fish dishes or sometimes even continental foods as per guests’ demand. There is a cook available at your service to serve you with fresh food in the midst of lake.
Enjoy the scenic backwater life of Kerala through leisure cruise of multi deck boat. This huge country boat let you explore the area and life of Kerala people who live around backwaters surrounded by majestic temples or church in the midst of paddy fields. It’s a lifetime experience and visitors must take on this activity. Instead of staying in hotels along the shires, try staying in the midst of backwaters for an overnight and feel close to nature.