Kerala offers unique
opportunity to experience breathtakingly beautiful backwaters which
consist of a complex network of brackish lagoons, lovely lakes and canals.
The most predominant way to experience the Kerala backwaters is Kerala
houseboats (also known as Kettuvalloms). Take a leisurely journey along
Kerala backwater on luxurious Kerala houseboats. Have opportunity to
reside at houseboat floating over beautiful backwaters. Houseboats are
also very popular among honeymooner as they provide sheer verdant green
surrounding and exceptional natural beauty.
Houseboats (Riceboats) or kettuvallam are country boats that were used in
the early days for the transport of goods from the isolated interior
villages of Kerala Backwater area to the towns like Alleppey, Kollam,
Cochin and Kottayam. With the advent of roads, bridges and ferry services,
gradually the kettuvalloms went off the scene. Now these kettuvalloms are
back again as a major tourist attraction as a modern moving boat house
that is kerala houseboats. houseboats size vary from, about to 95 feet
feet in length and a width of around 13 feet to in the middle for one
bedroom houseboat and, big houseboats with up 107 feet long and up to 19
feet wide. The materials that go into the making are all local and Eco
friendly bamboo poles, coconut fiber ropes, bamboo mats, coir carpets etc.
The main wood used is "Anjili".House boats have fully furnished single
double triple and five bedrooms with sundeck, private balcony with
comfortable chairs, kitchen and toilet with WC. In addition there is also
separate rest room.
Houseboats in Kerala have a three member crew - a chef, driver & cabin
assistants. The cuisine is traditional Kerala flavor with the local
specialties; delicious local fish. There are single bedroom houseboats for
two people and two bedroom houseboats for four people and 3 bedroom
houseboat for 6, and 5 bedroom houseboat for 10 People.The spectacular
beauty of Kerala's backwaters needs no introduction. A Houseboats cruise
along the palm-fringed waterways of Kerala in luxury houseboats is the
most enchanting holiday experience in India today. In this world of simple
pleasures, you will skim past ancient Chinese fishing nets, water lilies,
lush paddy fields, coir villages, rustic homes, temples and coconut
groves. A guided tour down the backwaters would provide you with a
complete and most enchanting experience on the back waters of Kerala and
will also reveal to you some interesting facts about the life of local
village people. 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.