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Houseboat cruising on the backwaters of Kerala

Houseboats have become the ultimate ways to be in the midst of Nature. With land and greenery on either sides, water below, the sky above and the all experiencing Human in between, provides a surreal, spiritual connection with the all encompassing, ever protecting Nature. Houseboats also provide the materialistic luxuries of comfort and great food while cruising.

The backwaters act as a vital waterway for the transport of goods, people and their produce are often the only link between isolated villages and crowded towns. In Kerala, the total expanse of backwater stretches over 1500 kms, with a network of 44 rivers, lagoons and lakes from north to south. Alleppey which forms the main part of this network has the peculiar geographical feature of having the water in level with the land. This gives the advantage of getting a closer look at the village life on shore while on a backwater ride.

A glide in a "Kettuvallam" (Houseboat) through the enchanting backwaters of Alleppey is sure to rob your heart. Palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets lined up along either sides of the canals are panoramic sights one can never forget. The Chinese fishing nets, the reminiscent of our past trade links, are also found on the way. Flocks of ducks swimming around the banks and tiny birds flying across the sky remains as enduring pictures reflecting the charm of this unique land.

The boat cruise along the backwaters of Alleppey give one first hand experience of the life style; toddy tapping, fishing for small fry, Coir-making, prawn farming etc., which remains more or less unchanged over the years.

Today, the houseboats have all the creature comforts of a good hotel including furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, cozy living rooms, a kitchen and even a balcony for angling. Parts of the curved roof of wood or plaited palm open out to provide shade and allow uninterrupted views. While most boats are poled by local oarsmen, some are powered by a 40 HP engine. Boat-trains - formed by joining two or more houseboats together - are also used by large groups of sight-seers.

The sparkling water and the caressing cool wind is a temptation too strong to resist. Country boats of various types crisscross the path with passengers from all walks of Kerala's rural life ranging from milkman and newspaper boy to local politicians, priests and wedding parties. It is a unique experience as this is as close as one can get to feel the vibrant life in the countryside of god's own country.


1) Alleppey round – 1 night
Day 1

Pick up from Alleppey finishing point jetty at 11.30 hours.
Cruise on the Pallathuruthy river, Pukaitha river, Pullangady till Champakulam.
Sights at Champakulam - The Champakulam church, which is more than 200 years old, the Kottaram temple and the famous snake boat – the Champakulam Chundan.
Proceed to Munnattumugham for night stay.
Enroute, can stop at Nedumudy to visit the local market.

Day 2
Cruise starts after breakfast and passes through Chennamkery, Kainary, Pallathuruthy and Kuppapuram, all small villages, to reach Alleppey Finishing Point jetty at 9.30 hours.
(Alleppey) known as the ‘Venice of the East’ is a small town south of Cochin. Most of the houseboats are parked here. The Vembanad Lake, narrow canals, paddy fields and the sleepy villages all make Alleppey a beautiful place.)

Meals served will be of typical Kerala cuisine

Lunch: Rice, vegetables, fish fry/curry, salads, pappad.
Evening: Tea / coffee with snacks.
Dinner: Rice, chapathy, vegetable curries and chicken.
Breakfast: Bread, butter, jam, and eggs to order.
On request, we serve dosa or idli and other Kerala dishes for breakfast.
Soft drinks, beer and wine to cost extra.
Hard liquor will not be available on board due to government restrictions.

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