How would the experience of sailing on the placid backwaters of Kerala be? Wonderful! Going on-board the houseboats in Kerala is one of the top things to do in Kerala. A truly delightful experience, it is a chance for you to savor views and treat yourself to the tranquil ambiance.
Houseboat and Kerala Backwaters are synonymous for the travelers in Kerala. Riding on a slow-moving Kerala luxury houseboat is truly a leisurely experience. Kerala tours are considered incomplete if one doesn’t go on-board a houseboat as it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kerala. A houseboat backwater cruise lets you explore picturesque locations, the serene countryside, scenic beauty, colorful avifauna, rubber/spice/coir plantation, paddy fields, lush surroundings, coconut palms and more.
Traditionally known as Ketuvallam, a Kerala houseboat is a country boat that initially was used for the purpose of transportation of goods to the remote areas that were surrounded by waters. The goods were taken from the villages and taken to these places. This made the movement of heavy cargo including spice and rice, an easy thing.
After some years, when roads and bridges were made, these houseboats lost their significance. Nonetheless, from the past few years, houseboats in Kerala are one of the prime attractions of this South Indian state. A houseboat cruise is actually the best way to explore this labyrinth of water channels.
A houseboat is usually 67 feet long with a width of 13 feet in the middle. As far as its manufacturing is concerned, indigenous eco-friendly materials such as bamboo poles, bamboo mats, coconut fiber ropes, jack-wood, and coir carpets are used. For making the body of the houseboat, Artocarpus wood or jack-wood is put into use. This wood is cut into planks of 5-6 cm breadth, and to give them the shape of a boat, their ends are tied with coir. Nails are not used even once in the construction of a houseboat. Afterward, a coat of caustic black resin is done on the houseboat. This special coat mixture is made from boiled cashew kernels. Once the basic construction of a house is completed, all the other facilities are added to it. With a good amount of care, houseboats can last for generations.
The facilities in a luxury Kerala houseboat are no less than a luxury hotel. A houseboat is available in different shapes and sizes and has the option in the number of rooms, a fully-equipped kitchenette, a deck, an open lounge area, and attached bathrooms and so on. Guests are accompanied by a guide cum oarsmen and a trained cook. Some of the best houseboats in Kerala are available in Alleppey, Kumarakom, and Kollam.
Alappuzha or Alleppey is a water paradise. The interlinking canals, green endless paddy fields, and swaying coconut trees are the main attractions in Alleppey houseboat tours. The view of this landslip from the Alleppey houseboats during cruising through the backwaters is a divine experience. The migratory birds, cool breeze, and seasonal rains make the boat ride more enjoyable. Apart from the window views, you can enjoy luxury facilities on board.
The prime attraction in Kumarakom is obviously the backwater cruising. A houseboat ride through this serene water will be an unforgettable experience for you. Apart from the incredible views, you can enjoy the traditional Kerala meals on board while cruising through the gorgeous backwaters of Kumarakom. Freshly cooked meals along with the special Karimeen fry will satisfy your gastronome.
Alleppey to Kollam is the longest backwater cruising in Kerala spanning over eight hours.
The long journey on the backwater allows stunningly beautiful views for a cherishing memory forever. Enjoy the sight of Chinese nets and spot water lilies blooming along your way.
When it rains outside, you can enjoy the cozy atmosphere inside your luxurious Kollam House Boat.