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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

Kottayam Kerala Tours

Kottayam is an important commercial centre of Kerala India, thanks to its strength as a producer of cash crops. Most of India’s natural rubber originates from the acres of well-kept plantations of Kottayam, also home to the Rubber Board, One of the country’s primary commodities board. Kottayam, among the state’s more mountainous districts, provides some of Kerala’s finest natural scenes sandwiched as it is between serene palm-fringed backwaters on the west and the Western ghats on the east.

Bordered by the lofty and mighty Western Ghats on the east and the Vembanad Lake and paddy fields of Kuttanad on the west, Kottayam is a land of unique characteristics.

Panoramic backwater stretches, lush paddy fields, highlands, hills and hillocks, extensive rubber plantations, places associated with many legends and a totally literate people have given Kottayam District the enviable title: The land of letters, legends, latex and lakes. Kottayam Town is the first town in India to have achieved 100% literacy (a remarkable feat achieved as early as in 1989).

English education in South India did actually start at the Old Seminary here at Kottayam in 1813. The first printing press in Kerala was established (CMS Press) here in 1821 by Rev.Benjamin Baily. The first college in the State (CMS College) was also started here at Kottayam in 1840. Maiden printed Malayalam English and English Malayalam Dictionaries were published from Kottayam in 1846 and 1847 respectively. The first and only Cooperative Society of writers, authors and publishers for publishing books and periodicals was set up here in 1945. Kottayam is the hometown of a vast number of books and periodicals and is the center of publishing business in the State. Kottayam is the first town in India selected by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India to be transformed as an Eco City.

The Sri K R Narayanan, the former President of India hails from Kottayam District. travel packages

Kottayam is the ideal take off point for visits to Peermade, Munnar, Thekkady, Ernakulam and the temple city, Madurai. It is also a gateway to the pilgrim centers of Sabarimala, Mannanam, Vaikom, Ettumanoor, Bharananganam, Erumeli, Manarcaud, and so on.

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