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Kerala houseboat booking tips

Tranquil stretches on the meandering inland lakes networked by canals, stretching more than 900 kilometer- the backwaters of Kerala are serene and calming to watching. The traditionally crafted country boats called Kettuvellams have become an increasingly popular tourist entertainment house in the form of houseboats. From double decker’s, lounges, air conditioning, ecofriendly measures to moonlit dinners, cookery classes by niche chefs, culinary delights so on and so forth have all made houseboat cruises an excitement you would want to experience in your trip to Kerala.

Know the Backwater stretches in Kerala and the attractions

VembanadLake is where all the prime action lies. A breathtaking cruise on the lake is hard to describe in words. The houseboat cruises often ply from the following places to and fro depending on the number of days you’ve booked the houseboat for. The minimum is at least a day’s tour in these houseboats. You can choose your routes depending on the attractions they offer.

  • Thiruvallam backwater stretches enroute to Kovalam and is famous for its 2000 yr old temple on river Karamana
  • Kollam is the oldest port in the state and it offers the longest backwater cruise trip to Alleppey, which is about eight hours.
  • Alleppey the Venice of the east with its widest network of lakes, lagoons, freshwaters offers several attraction, water sports and activities along with mind-blowing backwater cruise.
  • Kuttanad the heart of the backwaters in Alleppey and is one of the few places in the world where paddy farming is done below sea level.
  • One ofthe most beautiful backwater stretches of Kerala is Kumarakom. A bird watchers paradise, the Kumarakom bird sanctuary is a main attraction on this stretch.
  • One of the finest natural harbors popular as the queen of Arabian Sea, Kochi offers cruise through the winding waterways to picturesque islands like Bolgatty, Vypeen and Vallarpadam.
  • The unspoilt backwaters of Kozhikode are delightful offering boating options and serving as the venue for Korapuzha Jalotsavam
  • The most scenic backwater stretch in Kerala, Valiyaparmabha is fed by four rivers and dotted by several little islands.

List to check before you book your houseboat trip

You should make a checklist before you consider touring in one of these houseboats in order to make sure you are getting your mullahs worth.

  • Houseboat operators are in plenty in Chennai. It goes unsaid that you check the reputation and reviews about the operators you decide to book the trip with. Go through the review by other travelers submitted even for government operated houseboats.
  • If houseboat cruise is  a bundle package offered to you in Kerala tour package than
    • You need to check with the tour operator the star rating ofthe houseboat
    • The attractions and days the houseboat trip would be for. As the minimum the houseboat cruise last is for a day
    • You should check for the attractions and the routes or places you will be seeing and decide if they appeal to you.
    • Alleppey and Kumarakom are the two main backwater cruise destinations with most of the water activities and trips taking place. If you need more silent route with lesser interference and hype than Thiruvallam, Valliyaparamaba and Kozhikode are worth trying too.
    • Check for the accommodation facility offered in the houseboat and the type of houseboat that has been bundled with your Kerala package.
    • Check if the package is inclusive of food and beverages. Check on the type of food served in case you are foreigner from abroad or a different Indian state who is not very adventurous about South Indian food.
  • Houseboats also come with ratings like your conventional hotels. Check beforehand what kind of Houseboat you would want to cruise in. the higher the rating the higher the cost for the cruises hence to avoid a hole in your pocket it’s advised you confirm beforehand.
  • If you are on a honeymoon trip coordinate with the operators in advance and check on the luxury or romantic luxury cruises packages to be fully sure you will get what you seek while booking.
  • Check beforehand the facilities available in the houseboat you will be cruising in as well as the number of staff and security personnel traveling along with you

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