"Thank you very much for a wonderful experience. I have never has such a welcoming & excellent service. The food was exquisite - traditional Kerela cooking, lobsters, musells and fish cooked in such wonderful ways.
A very big thank you to the captain and his crew for making our cruise so memorable"

Nicolette

England



Kerala HouseboatFringing the coast of Kerala (also called the Malabar or Spice coast), and winding inland is a vast network of lagoons, lakes, rivers and canals. These water bodies called the backwaters, form a vast arterial network for water borne travel. Exploring these fascinating waters is an experience of a lifetime 

A backwaters cruise is a chance to glide through the backwaters in your own houseboat, and see the real Kerala pass by. Your single bedroom, 02 bedroom or even 03 bedroom boat with tiled shower and toilet will have a sun deck, with dining arrangements. Your own cook will accompany, and take you on shopping trips to village markets for fresh vegetables and fish. Taste authentic Kerala cosine and seafood. Stop as you like at un spoilt beaches, quaint villages and bazaars and even explore the countryside on bicycles or bullock carts.

HouseboatWhen you step abroad a “Kettuvallum” you step back into history for these boats have been plying the inland waterways for untold centuries. In fact when Vasco da Gama dropped anchor off the Malabar coast in 1498, they were already a common sight, carrying their cargo of rice and spices. It is likely that they were there in 52 AD when St Thomas the Apostle first set foot in this region, bringing Christianity. The Kettuvallam is made out of seasoned Jackfruit planks, virtually stitched together with coir rope, with traditional vertical and diagonal stitches, using a large needle carved out of a palm frond. All holes are plugged using hand-rolled coir plugs, which are waterproofed by soaking in sardine and cashew oil. A similar process is followed for the lateral seams, using a combination of raw and ripe coir 

Houseboat DiningHouseboat FrontdeckAlthough your private houseboat is equipped with a quite outboard motor, the working Kettavellum is assailed or punted through these backwater by-ways under the control of two boatmen, one fore and one aft. Finding bottom with their long bamboo poles and leaning into the task, they propel the craft forward by walking precariously along the side of the boat, some ten steps towards the stern, as the boat glides gracefully beneath them. 

Houseboat BedroomOnly natural materials have been used in furnishing. The idea is to use only local products. The decks are carpeted in coir matting. Local textile and simplicity of décor create a light, airy atmosphere. The furniture made from local timber and cane, with colorful cushions completes the interiors. 

The arched canopy consists of, split bamboo lashed together with coir binding and covered with palm fronds. The sides of the canopy can be lifted to form winged awnings, thus ensuring both shade and cool breeze, whilst creating a wide opening to view life as it passes by on the waterway.

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