An average Kerala houseboats could measure up to 80 ft in length and some traditional ones have nail-free joints as they are tied using coir ropes only. The houseboats are extensively used for cruising in world famous backwaters of Kerala and are a hit among the honeymooners and romance seekers. Some houseboats have special themes like Wedding, Honeymoon, Romance, Royal, Rustic etc. There are super deluxe, premium and luxury houseboats which have spacious bedrooms and separate decks for marine life and bird watching.
Amenities vary from houseboat to houseboat but you may expect the following basic amenities in your modest Kerala houseboats like:
Our six days long Kerala Houseboat tour would cover the following destinations:
Day 01: Kochi houseboat cruise
Kochi is popularly referred as the "Queen of the Arabian Sea". It is one of the finest natural harbors of the world. Kochi is actually a conglomerate of small islands that are situated around Vembanad Lake that open up at the Arabian Sea. Kochi houseboat cruise along Bolghatty Island would provide you an awe inspiring view of the nature's bounties. Swaying coconut trees, beautiful lagoons, rivulets and some historic buildings that you will be able to watch during your Kochi houseboat cruises would leave you enchanted and mesmerized during Kerala houseboat tour. Cruise along the beautiful Willingdon Island is also very popular among the honeymooner and avid travelers.
Day 02: Kumarakom houseboat cruise
The captivating backwaters of Kumarakom are dotted with dense mangroves, blue lagoons and cascading streams of water. A pleasure ride in the traditional "Kettuvallom" houseboat is a must have for anyone who comes to Kumarakom. Kettuvalloms are a living testimony to the boating architectural splendor of local craftsmen. Vembanand Lake provides a picture perfect viewing of the allures of Kumarakom amid the backdrop of swaying palm trees and mangroves. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, which is spread over 14 acres could be best view from the Kumarakom houseboat cruise. There are Ayurvedic therapy centers on the beach where you can have treatment for your ailments with centuries old procedures and herbs.
Day 03: Alleppey houseboat cruise
Snake Boat Race is the prime attraction of Alleppey houseboat cruise. The world famous race is organized during Onam festivities which are witnessed by large number of foreign travelers from around the world. Each snake boat is rowed by hundreds of oarsmen who raise passionate slogans all along. There is a light house and 140 year old Pier that you will be able to watch during your Alleppey houseboat cruise. The palm fringed Alleppey backwaters which are dotted with swaying coconut trees, canals winding through paddy expanses and hamlets will provide you a delightful viewing during your Kerala houseboat cruises.
Day 04: Kollam houseboat cruise
Ashtamudi Lake is the prominent landmark of Kollam which is very popular for houseboat rides. Kollam is the place where "Kettuvalloms" or the traditional Kerala houseboats are constructed. Some of the popular destinations that we will view during Kollam houseboat cruises include Sasthamkotta fresh water lake, Thangaserry Light House, Subramanya temple and Thirumullavaram beach. Kollam to Alleppey is the largest backwaters cruise in Kerala. You would be able to view a variety of water bird species during your Kerala houseboat tour in Kollam.
Day 05: Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) houseboat cruise
The extensive Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) backwaters provide a breathtaking bout and solitary charm when one cruises through them in Kerala houseboats. The backwaters are famous for their exciting canoe rides. The dense tropical vegetation on the river banks provides a soothing view to the weary travelers. Thirvallam and Veli are the destinations en route to Thiruvananthapuram backwaters where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the surroundings and also have some great water sporting activities. Thiruvananthapuram houseboat cruise provides a wholesome experience to the travelers as they are simply fascinated with the mesmerizing beauty of this cultural hub of Kerala.
Day 06: Honeymoon - Kerala Houseboat
Kerala Honeymoon Houseboats are especially meant for the use of honeymoon couples, romance seekers and those who are young at heart. Kerala houseboat tour is conducted in the picturesque Vembanad Lake and Alleppey backwaters. Vembanad Lake is an ideal destination for honeymooners from where they can have a panoramic view of the serene Kerala backwaters and its exotic flora and fauna. These honeymoon boats offer facilities like flower bed, candle light dinner and wedding cakes. Kerala houseboats have romantic theme to make the honeymoon trip memorable for lifelong for the love birds. Honeymoon houseboats provide solitude and romantic settings for the travelers. The surrounding beauty of the mother nature and its bounties will make perfect ingredients to make your honeymoon houseboat cruise unforgettable.