- Houseboat cruise in
Alleppey backwaters of Kerala is considered to be one of the most romantic
experience where a traditional Kerala Rice Boat (Known as Ketuvallam and now
generically known as a Houseboat) cruises past villages, paddy fields,
Coconut Trees and gives a feel of backwater lifestyle real upclose.
Guests have taken
anywhere from 1 night to 21 nights cruise and live the backwater lifestyle.
Meals catered by houseboat is a typical Kerala meal which the guests love it
and almost always is the high point of the trip.
Houseboats can be
considered as a standalone getaway or done as a part of a full fledged Kerala
Itinerary / Short Break.
- 1 - 2 nights.
: Oct-Mar is the best season to arrive. Getaway nature of experience means guests arrive all around the year.
Cochin (80 kms) is an International Airport and one of the two main arrival points for any
travellers visiting Kerala (Trivandrum being other popular arrival point).
lies on the Coastal / Southern rail route and has connectivity with all
major cities in South India / Kerala.
Standard - How
it all started way back in 1990s. Smaller boat can navigate through
small canals but now phased out in favour of bigger boats. Tough to get
one to hire.
Deluxe - Comes
in AC and Non AC Variant. Here AC operates only when the boat is
stationary (AC Generally is on between 9 PM and 6 AM). Deluxe boats are
larger than standard boats.
Premium - This
comes with an AC thats operational all through the day. Boats are larger
and more luxurious than Deluxe Boats. Bathrooms have shower cubicles and
Elitaire - This
is a class that represents best in houseboat hospitality. Here even the
bedrooms have a large glass panel through which look outside and enjoy
the cruise. Bathrooms have shower cubicles and more luxurious.
Concept Boats -
There are one-off boats that come with some amazing things. There is one
that comes with a swimming pool / Jacuzzi on top, comes with a living
area thats AC.
Cruise Liners -
Oberoi Vrinda, The Park are two who
have large luxury boats that ply in lake Vembanad. These are run on
fixed schedules and guests from here take a smaller boats and explore
Houseboats - Earlier generation of houseboats used to come with a deck
on top where guests enjoy some privacy and better view. There are few
older upper deck houseboats in the Deluxe category available.
Houseboats - Some guests prefer non-motorised houseboats where navigator
manually moves the boat around. Its a tedious task and one does not
cover a lot of distance. So one can only do Alleppey round via non-motorised
method. Not many houseboat operators are willing to offer non-motorised
Round - Most popular 1 night entry level cruise.
Kumarakom - Alleppey round with drop direct to the resort the next
day (9:30 AM).
Alleppey - Most undesirable route. Lot of time gets wasted in pick
up (12:30 PM)
- Best to experience interior areas of the backwater circuits.
Alumkadavu - This goes along the Cochin - Kollam Waterway. Leaves very
little time for other side canals. More expensive than Alleppey round
- Ultimate leisurely houseboat experience. For writers, thinkers or
those who just wants to read a book while cruising gently
Alumkadavu - This goes along the Cochin - Kollam Waterway. 3 night trip
leaves time to explore side canals enroute and guests can visit less
visited backwater canal areas.
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