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Houseboat Tours In Kerala

 

Kerala’s famous backwater is a tourist’s delight and Kerala tour is incomplete without a night stay in the traditional Kerala houseboats.

Places to Visit in South India should make a point of stopping in Kerala, and in Kerala, one absolute must-see is the Kerala backwater. Aptly named God’s Own country, Kerala boosts of over 900 kilometers of waterways consisting of network of canals, rivers, lakes and inlets of the Arabian Sea running through almost the length of the state.

One of the most amazing features of the Kerala backwater is the integral part it plays in the day-to-day life of Keralians. Mostly fed by Soft Water Rivers and lakes, it dissects the villages and can truly be termed the lifeline of Kerala. Be it for transportation, fishing, daily chores, and commercial interactions or just enjoying the serene beauty of the blue sky meeting the water in the horizon, the backwaters provide a perfect backdrop for the locals as well as the tourists looking for a weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city life.

The Houseboats In Kerala

A trip to Kerala is incomplete without spending a night at the houseboats. The houseboats are a perfect combination of luxury and adventure. Well-furnished secured rooms with all modern amenities like air conditioners, refrigerators, and compact attached baths, the hous boats are never short of comfort. In unison, unlike other houseboats, these boats are not stationary. They take the travelers through the meandering routes amidst the picturesque villages. Spending the night under the starry sky, unwinding with fresh coconut water, enjoying the “catch of the day” from the passing by fishermen; this promises to be an experience of the lifetime.

Inside a Kerala Houseboat

There are different styles of houseboats available, based on the number of guests traveling. Houseboats with single to three bedrooms with comfortable inviting double beds, attached bathrooms, reading tables etc are available, with AC or without AC as required. For larger groups, there are also conference halls available on the first floor, which is an ideal place to conduct business dealings amidst the tranquility of the nature. India Tour Operator

Each houseboat has its own modular kitchen and personal chef to cater guests with sumptuous authentic south Indian delicacies. The chefs are well trained to please the palate of every gourmet. The kitchen is at the back of the houseboats, and a passage from there leads to the dining-cum-living area in the front of the boat. It is perhaps the most exquisite part of the boat, where unrestricted views allow travelers to feast on the serenity of the clear blue sky meeting the equally transparent water at a distance. The sailor is perched almost at the tip of the house boat, making the way with unassuming familiarity through the maze of waterways, which is very likely to confuse first timers due to its shear vastness.

What to do In A Houseboat?

The best thing to do is to get lost in the enormity of mother earth, and enjoy the different forms of life which keep popping up now and then. The houseboats provide cozy couches in abundance, even hanging swings for newlyweds to sway in perfect harmony and also benches along the edges of the boat. Sitting there, one can enjoy the green countryside, swaying palm and coconut trees, the emerald green rice fields, the long stretches of banana gardens and children waving from the banks of the backwaters of Kerala.

Occasionally one can see the remains of a broken tree right in the middle of the water. Chirping birds sail over the boats, suddenly stooping down in a flash to catch fish from the water. Often the sound of church bells break the silence as the boat passes through a local village, reminding travelers of the humanity dwellings in close proximity. 

For adventure lovers, the houseboats provide fishing rods and bait. Evenings are the best time to relax and rejuvenate. As the sun sets, flocks of birds make their way home against the backdrop of orange sky. As darkness sets in, the boats anchor and prepare for a well deserved rest at night. For guests from the cities, the houseboat has televisions to keep them connected with the world, but given the unique milieu one will always prefer to enjoy a starry night sky, the chirp of the crickets all around, and the sound of the water splashing at the sides of the boat creating a mystical environment.

Houseboat Package Tours

There are umpteen different kinds of tours to choose from. Ranging from budget tours, which cost around $125 per couple per night (inclusive of food), to well above $250 per couple per night (inclusive of food), based on the mode of comfort and luxury the tourist chooses. There are even Special Honeymoon Packages available with different tour operators, spreading over two nights and three days, which can be a perfect beginning to a new life.

Backwater Destinations In Kerala

Some of the best destinations for backwater cruises in Kerala are Kochi, Alappuzha, Kasargod, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Kumarakom, Kuttanad, Thiruvallam, and Thiruvananathapuram. India Tours

Kerala Backwaters Cruise Destinations

Nature laden beauty make Kerala one of the most sought after destinations where tourists from across the world come round the year. This place is gifted with lovely beaches, hill stations, stunning backwaters, mind-blowing greenery, wildlife, bird sanctuaries and rich culture which designated this place with the title of God’s own Country. Among the several alluring aspects of Kerala Tourism backwater is the most bewitching factor of this place. The Kerala Backwaters are a labyrinthine network of 900 km of waterways interconnected with canals, rivers, lakes and inlets. Kerala Backwater Tour is most preferred attractions of tourists during their Kerala Tour.

Tourists from across the world prefer Kerala Backwater Cruise so they experience the natures jubilant scattered in the form of land, sea and sky. Leisurely floating traditional ‘Kettuvalams’ popularly known as Kerala houseboats is the ideal way to enjoy Kerala Backwater Cruise. Scores of tourists prefer Kerala backwater Packages so that they can experience nature’s breathtaking beauty with the soothing sound of water rippling alongside the houseboat. While on cruise tourists get kaleidoscopic view of countryside, swaying palm trees, emerald rice fields and several historical monuments on the bank.

Cochin:

This historic port city of India is among the most popular Kerala backwater destinations. The natural harbor makes it an ideal point for beginning backwater cruise. During Cochin backwater one sees several historic buildings and Chinese Fishing Nets on the harbor.

Alappuzha:

Alappuzha is known for its lovely lakes, lagoons and the freshwater rivers which provide enthralling experience to tourists during their Alappuzha backwater cruise. During cruise at this place tourists get an awe-inspiring view of lush green paddy, bananas, yams and cassava fields. Kuttanad the most famous attraction of Alappuzha backwater is known for its unending stretch of paddy fields. Along with this tourist can also enjoy the enthralling view of rare migratory bird’s species at Pathiramanal Island.

Kumarakom:

This well-known backwater destination of Kerala is located on the picturesque Vembanad Lake. It is known for its mangroves, coconut, palms and paddy fields alongside the river bank. Apart from the scenic beauty the bird sanctuary heightens the charm of this place. During backwater cruise tourists can witness several birds’ species flying over their houseboats.

Some of the other most popular backwaters destinations in Kerala are Kasargod, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram.

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Kerala,is situated in southwestern India.Surrounded by the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west,Population approximately around thirty million and the total area of the state is 38, 863 sq km. Thiruvananthapuram isthe Capital of Kerala. Hinduism, Christianity and Islam are major religions in Kerala they maintain a friendly and warm relationship. languages in Kerala are Malayalam and English. Kerala is maintaining the higher literacy rate in India of 90. 92 per cent. The same state is maintain the status as one of the major tourist destination of India.It is a very popular tourist destination.Tourists come to see Kerala’s historic cities and temples wildlife sanctuaries,themselves at the ayurveda spas and resorts in Kerala.beaches,greenish nature,back waters,hill stations and waterfalls are the main attractions of Kerala.Kerala is included forty four rivers and heavy rain falls in monsoon season.

Kerala Backwaters and Beaches:Kerala has over 900 Km of interconnected waterways, rivers, lakes and inlets that make up the Kerala backwaters.The 600 km length of the Kerala coast is lined with sandy beaches, rocky promontories and coconut palms that definitely merit a visit in every tourist itinerary.Some famous beaches of kerala are-Kovalam Beach, Marari Beach, Kumarakom Beach, Alappuzha Beach, Beypore Beach, Varkala Beach, Muzhappilangad Beach, Payyambalam Beach, Shankhumugham Beach and Thangassery Beach.these beaches offers a complete relax to the body and mind.

Alappuzha: Alappuzha also known as Alleppey, is a town in Alappuzha District of Kerala state of southern India. A town with picturesque canals, backwaters, beaches, and lagoons where I enjoyed the slow boat cruses through the canals stopping along the way for fried bananas, fresh fish, coconut beer and sweet fresh coffee.

Kerala Temples:The temples in Kerala are not only significant from their religios importance but are also great architectural set ups.some famous temples of kerala are Chottanikkara temple,Guruvayoor temple,Vadukkumnnatha Temples.

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Kerala Vacation Ideas

With the Arabian Sea in the west, the Western Ghats towering 500-2700 m in the  east and networked by forty four rivers, Kerala enjoys unique geographical  features that have made it one of the most sought after tourist destinations  in Asia. An equable climate. A long shoreline with serene beaches. Tranquil  streches of emerald backwaters. Lush hill stations and exotic wildlife. Waterfalls.  Sprawling plantations and paddy fields. Ayurvedic health holidays. Enchanting  art forms. Magical festivals. Historic  and cultural monuments. An exotic cuisine…  All of which offer you a unique experience. And what’s more, every one of these  charming destinations is only a two hour drive from the other. A singular advantage  no other destination offers. Kerala, India’s most advanced society : A hundred  percent literate people. World-class health care systems. India’s lowest infant  mortality and highest life expectancy rates. The highest physical quality of  life in India. Peaceful and pristine, Kerala is also India’s cleanest State.  For administrative purpose, the state of Kerala is divided into fourteen districts.  Most of these districts offer all the tourism products typical of the State.  It’s up to you to decide whether Kerala is the most beautiful state of  India for summer vacations. At least it is the greenest and is a melting pot of cultures, activities  and other interesting sights. It is situated in the south of India with the  Arabian sea along its western coast, that paved the way for international trade,  and the mountain range of western Ghats on the east with its marvellous (Trivandrum)  in the south. Trivandrum is the state capital although it might not appear  like that at first sight. It still has a rustic ambience. The Napier Museum  has a good overview of the state’s history. From here, you can easily  explore the marvellous beaches of Varkala and Kovalam.

A trip you can’t refuse when you’re in Kerala is leaving the small  town of Kollam by boat and go by means of the backwaters, to the market town  Alappuzha. You’ll have a spectacular view of what life is like in that area.  Kochi, the commercial capital, is a bit more to the north and has, besides  its seaside front, a lot to offer for those interested in history. The old  European church, Chinese fishing nets and the Jewish synagogue are only a few  of the remnant’s of the former days.

Getting Around
On arrival, take a prepaid taxi from the airport to your hotel. You can order    one in the arrival lounge. This avoids haggling and provides a measure of    security. For further short distance travel    packages, use taxis or the local    bus service (very cheap but, as often is the case, buses are generally overcrowded).    Hardly any traveller dares to drive a hired car. This is definitely a smart    decision when you don’t have any driving experience on the local roads (that    sometimes tend to illustrate the survival of the fittest). A few adventurous    types buy a motorbike for the duration of their stay, the legendary Royal    Enfield built in Madras being the favourite one. Trains are convenient for    longer distances and, again, very cheap. There is no need for booking seats    when travelling shorter distances within Kerala. However, it is a must if    you’re planning to travel to the neighbouring states.

Kerala Backwaters
Kerala and backwaters are synonyms to one another. Known by the name of God’s    Own Country, Kerala has always attracted visitors from far away destinations    to relax their mind, body and soul in its magnificent backwater destinations    like Alleppey, Kollam, Kumarakom, Kochi and Trivandrum. Apart from its backwater    destinations, Kerala is world over famous for its Ayurveda Therapy and Yoga Treatment Spas.

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Tourist Spots in Kerala

Kerela was celebrated as a “Paradise Found” – one of ten in the world, A perfect description for a land renowned as “God’s own country.” What adds to the charm of its backwaters, beaches, holidays, health of Ayurveda, hill places, fauna, festivals, monuments and vibrant art forms, is its amazing social development indicates that are on par with the world developed.

Important tourist spots in Kerala are given below:

Kovalam Beach

Kovalam beach situated 16 km. the southern city of Trivandrum, is a of the best beaches of India. It is a must see destination of India. Because of it’s natural location, it produces facilities for safe bathing from the sea.

Chowra Beach

The soft white sand that is what draws visitors to this beach and is ideal for beach volleyball. Stretching Along the beach is dotted by many cattamarams; a fishing boat in the country, which is three logs tied together in the shape of a boat. Best tour operators in India

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