Since times immemorial Kerala has used its lake and canals as a water network for transportation of men and material. Being aboard a houseboat is a tranquil, stress free adventure where you see the beautiful Kerala keep passing by. The cruise down the magical and mystical backwaters of Kerala is indeed a captivating experience.
The country houseboat in Kerala is referred to as 'Kettuvallam'. These eco-friendly houseboats are made from local materials like bamboo poles, coconut fibre, ropes, bamboo mats, carpets etc. Usually houseboats are the giant country crafts that are as long as 60 to 70 feet. The houseboats floating in the backwaters of Kerala make the most mesmerising manner to exploring the kaleidoscopic Kerala. Through the palm-fringed lakes and the narrow canals the houseboats offer the tourists to Kerala an experience of a lifetime.
aboard the houseboats in Kerala facilities have been added to the traditional kettuvallam. While aboard the houseboat in Kerala you may enjoy the facilities of a star categorized hotel. Usually the houseboats are well appointed with an open lounge, one or more bath attached bedrooms and a kitchenette. A houseboat in Kerala is usually, manned by a crew, comprising of a cook, guide and oarsman. Lazing and relaxing on the sun decks is one of the most popular activities on the houseboats in Kerala. Traditional lanterns take up the place of electricity on the houseboats in Kerala. On the houseboats you may enjoy the serene surroundings along with savouring the traditional specialities of Kerala. Fresh seafood adds to the sumptuous meals available on the houseboats.
Besides gliding in the houseboats you may try exploring, swimming, dining, fishing, bird watching or just lazing in the sun. The houseboat holiday in Kerala promises to be a great escape. Cruising aboard the houseboats tourists are left spellbound by the beauty of the Kerala. The private houseboat trip indeed makes the trip to Kerala complete. For the budget tourists seeking to enjoy Kerala there are dormitories. The entire enchanting experience of the houseboats in Kerala ranges in duration and tariff.
The tourists on the houseboats may relive the authentic life in the villages of Kerala. These houseboats or the taxis on the backwaters of Kerala pass through several towns and villages of Kerala. The Vembanad Lake forms the largest backwater stretch in Kerala. You may enjoy Alappuzha, Kottayam and Kochi on the houseboat while enjoying backwaters of Kerala. Alappuzha is often referred to as the "Venice of the East". At Alappuzha you may check out the art of coir making by the local people.
Close to the capital city of Kerala lies the Veli Aakulam lagoon. For the tourists to Kerala the travel destination offers water sports, speedboats, floating restaurant, an amusement park et al. you may even check out the leisure sports in the backwaters of Kozhikode. Simply put houseboats in Kerala are great options for short breaks and getaways.