The spectacular beauty of Kerala's backwaters needs no introduction. This month's lens view takes you to the backwater stretch of the Vembanad, where one can go for a leisurely cruise on a multi deck boat, allowing you enjoy the scenic backwater life.
Traditionally, the houseboat was called Kettuvallam, which means a boat made by tying together pieces of wood. Unbelievable as it may sound, not a single nail is used in the making of a Kettuvallam. Jack wood planks are joined together with coir rope and then coated with black resin made from boiled cashew nut shells. The materials that go into the making are all local and Eco friendly bamboo poles, coconut fiber ropes, bamboo mats, coir carpets etc These traditional country boats were used as the mode of transport in the early times from the isolated interior villages to the towns. But these boat services have been laid off with the developments taken place in the transport services in the recent past. Today these giant 80-foot long crafts have been adapted into luxuriously furnished houseboats. A Kettuvallam usually has one or two bath attached rooms, an open lounge, deck, kitchenette and a crew comprising two oarsmen and a cook. Traditional lanterns are used as lights. Your holiday in this tranquil world is the comfortably furnished houseboats. Come, check into a houseboat for a memorable cruise along the backwaters of Kerala.
A backwater cruise on a houseboat allows you to see the scenic man made islands and beautiful sights of coconut fringed backwaters and paddy fields. Thehouseboats are luxuriously equipped with all of the modern amenities you would need. There are single-bedroom & even four to five-bedroom houseboats available, with living rooms, bathrooms, an equipped kitchenette & air-conditioning too. A well trained crew of a cook and a bearer along with two oarsmen will be at your service all through.
check in Time 11:30AM with welcome drink to crew houseboat cruising starts. 01:00Pm Lunch time (01 Hour Lunch Break) after again starts, 4.00PM Tea & Snacks, 05:30 Pm houseboat halting on the River side (after 05:30 you can enjoy by country boat ride, village walk, paddy field visit, fishing, Toddy Shop visiting) morning 8.00 AM houseboat again starts cruise through the backwaters check out Alleppey at 09:00 AM
Day cruise is better for the family, groups, gettogether& those who don't like to stay in the houseboat Compared to overnight stay package it cost less. 11.00 AM check in the houseboat with welcome drink. 1:30 PM half hour Lunch Break then houseboat again starts 04:00 Pm Tea & Snacks check out Alleppey at 05:00 PM (Special food 12:00 PM get a Snacks (Kappa & Fish Curry*)
check in Time is 06:00 PM with Tea & Snacks 30 minutes cruising through the backwater. Houseboat is halting at 06:30 Pm, 09:00 Pm dinner time. Morning 07:30 AM starts cruise through the backwaters & check out 9.00AM.