Begin your holidays in Kerala in a houseboat!
Never forget to add a houseboat cruising in your itinerary if you plan a trip to Kerala. Kerala Backwaters are one of the prime tourist attractions of the southernmost Indian state of Kerala. A houseboat cruising is the best way to get impressive views of the backwaters and palm-fringed fishermen villages of the state. You will never forget such a beautiful and wonderful experience during your visit to the ‘God’s Own Country’.
Kerala Houseboat Cruise is the best way to experience the magic of your Kerala tour. Every traveler to Kerala remembers to hire a houseboat to explore the charm of the backwaters and stunning natural beauty. Backwaters of Kerala are certainly a main captivating wonder of this state and cruising along the sparkling backwaters can be a mind-blowing experience for each visitor to the state.
The present day houseboats available for leisure trips are large with state-of-the-art facilities. You will certainly admire the luxuries available in them and its advanced safety measures. They are the modern version of the traditional kettuvallams of the past which used to carry loads of spices and rice from one place to another. The main attraction of kettuvallams is that they are held together using coir knots and not using even a single nail for its construction. It is interesting to know that a standard traditional kettuvallam has the capacity to carry nearly 30 tons.
Kettuvallams are made using the planks of jack-wood and joined together using coir knots. Then they are coated with black caustic resin made from cashew kernels after boil them. Kettuvallams that made from such processes should last for generations if they maintain properly. A part of the traditional kettuvallam was covered using coir and bamboo and used as a restroom and kitchen for its crew members and prepared their meals and fresh fish caught from the backwaters.
In the place of traditional kettuvallams, you can see luxurious houseboats with modern facilities today. Many traditional kettuvallams are now transformed to luxury houseboats for leisure purposes. For converting such kettuvallams to modern houseboats, they use only natural products like wood of areca nut, bamboo mats and sticks for roofing and wooden planks and coir mats for flooring. Beds of these houseboats are made up of coir and wood of coconut trees. Solar panels are used for lighting.
You can truly enjoy a magical holiday experience in the modern houseboats. In fact, one can find all the amenities and comforts of a good hotel in these houseboats like well decorated bedrooms, stylish living rooms, well equipped kitchen and spacious balcony for angling and modern toilets. A houseboat cruising along the stunning backwaters of Kumarakom and Alleppey is a great way to enjoy panoramic views.
If you have never gone for a cruising in the scintillating backwaters of Kerala, plan a memorable cruising along the Vembanad Lake and enjoy the mesmerizing natural beauty of the state.