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Kerala backwaters houseboat tour

kerala backwaters houseboat tour| Kumarakom & Alleppey

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.

Kerala backwaters tour

Kerala backwaters

Kerala backwaters

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 tour


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 houseboat tour

kerala boathouse

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.

House boat of kerala,top things to do in houseboat

kerala flora and fauna

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.

backwaters of kerala,vembanad lake

vembanad lake

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’

keral houseboat top things to do,explore villages of keral

kerala villages

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


kerala houseboat tours

kumarakom houseboat

  • Kumarakom bird sanctuary
  • Ettumanoor mahadev temple
  • Tourist villages of Kumarakom.
  • The Bay Island Driftwood Museum-wooden sculptures.
  • Pathiramanal Island-rare migratory birds
Alleppey houseboats


3. Alappuzha (Alleppey)-Backwater tourism
kerala backwaters islands

exploring islands of backwater

kerala backwaters islands, kerala villages

kerala palm fringed islands

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


Gayathri Sharma is travel enthusiast from India. Adventure lover, Travel blogger by profession. She loves to write on Indian tradition and culture and always fascinated by Indian temples.Read some good articles about Travel around the world from her website YatrasBlog.


  1. Very nice post with a detailed view of Kerala cruise tour,

  2. Umamaheswara Rao.A says:

    Good programme with attractive sceneries.

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