Kerala Backwaters houseboat cruise tour
Have you gone for kerala backwaters houseboat tour ? Cruising off Kerala backwaters from Komarakom to Alleppey is a life time experience.The true magic houseboat ride gives us Breathtaking views of Kerala’s untouched and inaccessible villages. with most charming natural beauty it has become God’s own country. Cruising in a houseboat on backwaters is one of the must do things in Kerala.
Around 45 rivers drain into Arabian sea forming backwaters of 900 km. These navigable canals are unique with houseboats. With this uniqueness Kerala is in Top 50 places to travel in the world. Kerala holidays is incomplete without cruising in a house boat that glides along vast green expansion of backwaters.
Best time for Kerala boat house
Avoid the monsoon(sudden downpour)to make the best of your visit. August to April is best for Kerala backwaters.
Kerala backwaters houseboat-Kerala tourism
Traditional houseboats has become most popular tourist destination of Kerala. They are available from Kottayam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Thrissur, Ernakulam and Kasaragod. For Houseboats Komarakom & Alleppey are starting points.
Today, the houseboats are equivalent to good hotels. They include furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, cozy living rooms, a kitchen and even a balcony. The curved roof of wood gives uninterrupted views.
Kerala backwaters houseboat- Kettuvallams
Huge, slow moving houseboats are used now for leisure trips. These are latest version of Kettuvallams. The original Kettuvallams were used to carry spices & rice bags of around 30 tons from Kuttanad to the Kochi port. Natural products Bamboo mats, sticks are used while converting kettuvallams into houseboats. Areca nut tree wood is used for roofing, coir mats, wooden planks for the flooring and wood of coconut trees coir for beds. For lighting Solar panels are used.
Top things to do near Kerala backwaters houseboat tour
1.Enjoy nature&explore kerala villages
The leisure journey from Kumarakom to Alleppey includes awesome views of Vembanad Kerala’s largest lake.Kumarakom is featured with water lillies, coconut lagoons &multi coloured birds. One can enjoy ride with views of vast lake reflecting sun raise, sun set, flora & fauna.
Along the banks of Vembanad lake near Kumarakom and Alleppey most of hotels and resorts are spread. Explore Kuttanad village the ‘rice bowl of Kerala’
2.Visit Kumarakom-Home to traditional Kerala boat house
It is cluster of islands on largest Kerala’s lake Vembanad. And it is top destination of Kerala backwaters houseboats. Sri Narayana Jayanthi Boat Race is held . Other attractions
- Kumarakom bird sanctuary
- Ettumanoor mahadev temple
- Tourist villages of Kumarakom.
- The Bay Island Driftwood Museum-wooden sculptures.
- Pathiramanal Island-rare migratory birds
3. Alappuzha (Alleppey)-Backwater tourism
It is famous tourist destination for Kerala backwaters houseboat tours. It is also called as Venice of the East. In Alleppey more than 500 houseboats are there connected with north Kollam, south Kumarakom & Kochi. We can explore typical Kerala life as more houses facing canals. Canals function here as major transport. Alleppey is a popular venue for annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race since 1954 in August. On the Punnamada Lake Vallamkali(boat game) trophy will be conducted with Chundan Vallams (snake boats)
4. Try Agling in houseboat balcony
5. Don’t miss native food
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