Kerala Houseboats or Rice boats popularly known as Kettuvallam is the most ideal way for backwater cruise. Kerala Backwater is the most alluring aspect of Kerala tourism, which enchants, entertains and enthralls tourists who come here from several parts of the globe. The backwater is a stretch of 900 km of interconnected water bodies like rivers, lakes and inlets. Scores of tourists prefer a backwater cruise to experience the ecstasy of jubilant nature, which remains in tourists memory forever.
Kerala backwater is roundabout waterways, which take tourists to the world of wonder where they can experience the speckled natures ecstasy in the most pristine form. During a backwater cruise tourists get an opportunity to see the kaleidoscopic view of emerald green rice fields, swaying palm trees, historical monuments and countryside.
Kerala houseboat cruise is the perfect way of exploring and enjoying Kerala backwaters. Houseboats are moving luxury fleets where one can find all the comforts during their cruise. Traditionally, the houseboat was called Kettuvallam, which was made by tying together pieces of wood with ropes without the use of a single nail. Woods of Anjili tree are joined with coir rope to build houseboats.
But nowadays houseboats are floating luxury vessels. Comforts offered by houseboats are at par with the services provided by good hotels. The facilities of houseboats include well furnish bedrooms, cozy living rooms, kitchen, dining area and balcony through which one can gaze outside the captivating beauty of nature. Even Air-Conditioned (AC) houseboats are available for luxury cruise.
There are generally three crew members in the houseboat- a chef, driver and a cabin assistant. The chef is an expert in preparing local dishes, especially freshly caught fish from the lake during the cruise. While the cabin assistant take care of all your needs and requirements during the cruise.
Some of the well-known destinations from where tourists can embark on their Backwater Tours are:
It is one of the most sought after backwater destinations among the tourists. This place is known across the globe for its alluring exotic beauty and culture that enthralls tourists during their visit to this place. The serene natural beauty of this place provides great pleasure to tourists.
This historic port city of India is another most famous Kerala backwater destination, which is visited by scores of tourists round the year. The geographical location of this place gifted this state with natural harbor, which makes it an ideal destination for backwater cruise. During a backwater cruise at Cochin tourists get an opportunity to see several historic buildings, Chinese Fishing Nets and speckled natural bounties.
Kumarakom is a beautiful backwater destination situated on the bank of pristine Vembanad Lake. Coconut, palms, mangroves, and paddy fields on the river bank heighten the beauty of this place, which can be best experienced during a backwater cruise.