Explore Backwaters

As any tourist would aver, sailing on a houseboat along the backwaters is the pièce de resistance item on any excursion to Kerala.The houseboats are innovative versions of its ancestor, the ‘kettuvallom’. The kettuvalloms have been popularly used as a means of transport. Their construction are thoroughly indigenous and eco friendly to the hilt. Wooden planks are tied with ropes made of coconut husk.

The houseboats are a technical marvel. Their design incorporates the best of the old and the new. Even while retaining the strong flavour of traditionalism, they are nothing less than the standards of a star residential hotel when it comes to safety, comforts and conveniences. Meticulously furnished and elegantly floored, these houseboats provide you the choice of single, double or triple bedrooms. The houseboats come attached with a neat, flushing WC and kitchenette. Some houseboats offer the luxury of a private balcony and sun decks with comfortable chairs.

To suit the pockets of the paying tourist, houseboats also provide dormitory services. The brilliance of the moonlit night comes alive in a time-honoured lantern, though the houseboats are equipped with modern lighting and fanning amenities by using solar energy. At your assistance would be the crew comprising of the oarsmen, the guide and the chef. The houseboats, with their separate crew quarters, are powered by a small engine.

The food is made by the master chefs and is served piping hot. The ingredients are generally purchased on the way to retain its freshness. The menu generally comprises of local mouth-watering delicacies. To heighten the feel of classicism, food is served on a banana leaf, complete with its paraphernalia.

A stay in these magnificent dwellings on water is an ideal and recommended way to unwind. By indulging in the pleasure of ‘doing nothing’, you will feel refurbished at the end of your cruise. Lazing and relaxing in the sun decks of the houseboats is one of the most popular activities. Besides this, you can explore the aquatic fauna and flora; try fishing, bird watching or just draw in the sweet-smelling air of the dawn and the dusk.