Backwater Cruise along the palm fringed waterways of Kerala in a luxury houseboat is the most enchanting holiday experience in India today. In this world of simple pleasures, you'll skim past ancient chinese fishing nets, water lillies, lush paddy fields, coir villages, rustic homes, temples and coconut groves. Innumerable lagoons, lakes, canals, estuaries, and the deltas of forty-four rivers make up the 900 km backwater network of Kerala.
Luxury A/c Houseboat Facilitates The Following
Front living area, Bedrooms, Kitchens, Toilets & Bathroom.
The Kettuvallams or ‘boat with knots’- was so called because the entire boat was held together with coir knots only - not even a single nail is used during the construction. Houseboats or Kettuvallams were large barges used to carry goods .The original Kettuvallams were used to carry tonnes of rice and spices - standard Kettuvallam could hold up to 30 tonnes.
Today, these goods carriers have been adapted to make the most exciting tourism product in India without losing its originality. While converting Kettuvallams into houseboats, care is taken to use only natural products. They are on average 70 feet long boats with 15 feet width in the middle portion.
The wood commonly used to make Kettuvallams is 'Anjili'(a kind tree belonging to the jack fruit family), which is found in abundance in central Travancore area. Large planks are tied together using hand made coir ropes and beaten coconut fibers.
This is then coated with a caustic black resin made from boiled cashew kernels. This gives the Kettuvallams enough strength to withstand heavy waves in the sea. Bamboo mats, sticks and wood of the aracanut tree are used for roofing, coir mats and wooden planks for the flooring and wood of coconut trees and coir for beds.
Solar panels are used for lighting.These long cargo boats are a familiar sight on the backwaters. With careful maintenance, a Kettuvallam can last for generations. These boats cruised forward from near- extinction to enjoy their present great popularity.
The backwaters, which consist of an intricate network of lagoons, lakes & canals one can choose from the wide selections of beautiful routes are available for the cruises and you can choose one that suits your resources and time frame. Each route is comprehensive, unruffled and enjoyable in itself, extending to you an absolute experience of Kuttanad.
Kumarakom House Boat
Kumarakom is one of the most famous backwater destinations of Kerala, India. Located at the distance of 15 km from Kottayam town in Kerala, it is a peaceful region with numerous coconut palms and shallow waterways.
One of the most popular ways to explore the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and the breathtaking backwaters is by scheduling houseboats in Kumarakom Kerala backwaters.
Kumarakom houseboat takes you into the unique world of water and wonderment and provides wonderful opportunity to explore backwaters attractions including bird sanctuary. A Kerala Houseboat tour over the breathtaking backwaters at Kumarakom will be suerly a great experience.