The Houseboats of Kerala are a new addition to the travel and tourism of the state's backwaters. These crafts, measuring up to 120 feet in length, retrieved from the age old cargo vessels of the State. Once they ruled the backwaters, poled along by one or two men, heavily loaded with rice, coconut and other commodities. But in the recent times, these big vessels have been replaced by more and modern modes of transport, relegating them to neglect and decay. But like the phoenix it again raises to the attention of the modern world, with a difference – this time the cargo is comfort and rippling relaxation.
It takes great skill and meticulousness to construct these giant houseboats by tying huge planks of jack wood together. Curiously enough, not a single nail is used in their making of a houseboat. There used to be an entire clan of artisans who were involved in house boat construction. Today, an innovative holiday idea has restored these majestic representatives of a unique culture and with them their makers.
The Kerala houseboats that cruise these emerald waterways are an improvisation on the large country barges, which were an essential part of the land's ethos in days gone by. Modified to meet a novel concept of holidaying, the Kettuvalloms (Houseboats) are comfortably furnished with an open lounge, one or two bath attached bedrooms and a kitchenette, and are extremely eco friendly, merging smoothly into the panorama. Every houseboat is manged by a crew of 3 men, usually a cook, guide and oarsman.
Alleppey House Boating
One of the most preferred ways to get close to the backwater life in Kerala is the houseboat stay. House boating can be the most relaxing experience for any age, size or type of people. Alleppey Houseboats offer the facilities of luxury hotels which attracts the tourists in large number. The impressive interiors and decor of these houseboats steal hearts. Lanterns are used to lighten the boats, enhancing its traditional look. The sumptuous Kuttanadan meals served on the boats includes fresh food, traditional Kerala cuisine and savory.
To go house boating
Houseboats generally have 1 bedroom houseboat to 10 bedrooms, which can sleep 1-40 people. Putting a couple per bedroom together is the usual way. Here are several suggestions for which you might include on your trip. (Don't feel limited to these, however)
A. Family & Extended Family
Some people have a large enough family that they can fill a boat with family members, which can be a lot of fun and can create some really meaningful experiences among siblings and/or cousins. You might just decide to make it an annual reunion, as many people do. For this type of large number of passengers, houseboats with five or above rooms are desirable.
B. A Group of Friends
Inviting a group of all single adults (which can be all male or all female), or adult couples, can be loads of fun. Enjoying the water by day in the cool tropical climate without the noises of the modern life, this is going to be the ultimate vacation. For this cruise, we have a mammoth vessel, which can accommodate 40 people for the cruise.
C. A Group of Co-workers
Inviting your friends from work can build bonds beyond the workplace and create memories you love to reminisce about when you return to the drudgery of your job! Think of inviting a group of families, or make it an all male or all female outing.
DAY CRUISE (Day Trip)
Day cruise is better for the family, groups & those who don't like to stay in the houseboat.
› Day Trip start from at 11.00 AM and check out at 5.00 PM.
› Before start the trip enjoy our welcome drink, then you can enjoy houseboat cruise through enchanting alleppey backwaters and stop for Lunch (take lunch break for 1 Hour ), then again start our trip till evening, finish with tea and snacks.
› Over Night Trip starts at 12.00 Noon and check out Next Day morning 9.00 AM
› Over Night Trip includes Welcome drink, Lunch, Tea and snacks, Dinner and Breakfast.
› Houseboat will Start trip at 12.00 Noon or depends on the arrival of the guest. Boat will anchor at 5.30 Pm at lake shore till next day 7.30 AM. After anchor guest can visit village, small shops, paddy fields etc or enjoy music, Cable TV/DVD on the boat itself. Ac timings from 9 Pm to Next day 6 AM only in the rooms for Budget & Deluxe Class Traveler, and for First Class Traveler A.c Starts at 12 Noon to Next day 9 AM.
All meals will be provided in the House Boat. Meals served will be of typical Kerala cuisine. Both Veg & Non veg Food.
Lunch: Boiled/Basmati Rice, vegetables, fish fry or curry, salads, and pappad.
Evening: Tea/coffee with snacks.
Dinner: Rice, chapathy, vegetable thoran and chicken curry.
Breakfast: Bread, butter, jam, and eggs to order or Kerala style Break Fast.
The backwaters of Kerala are in the forms of canal that run along the Arabian Sea coast as well as inland in the Kerala coast, from Cochin to Kollam. There are a number of routes in these canals where houseboats can sail. Out of a number of backwater destinations in Kerala, Alleppey and Kumarakom are most gorgeous and the most ones. Alleppey Circle or Aleppey Round and Kumarakom Round as well as houseboat cruise on these routes offer serenity and breathtaking nature.