Backwaters & Houseboats of Kerala
900 kms. of dappled, green waters. Fringes of dense tropical greenery.
Clear skies shimmering through coconut canopies.
Kerala is a labyrinth of lazily
Sprinkled with traditional houseboats, country crafts, rural
lifestyles and Tranquillity. It's an intricate network of innumerable
lagoons, lakes, canals, estuaries and the deltas of forty-four rivers
that drain into the
Arabian Sea. Over 900 km of this labyrinthine water world is navigable.
The largest backwater stretch in Kerala is the Vembanad lake which flows
through three districts and opens out into the sea at the
Backwaters are the accumulation of Sea Water at the sea beach during the
to-fro motion of sea-waves in the form of lagoons, estuaries etc. Today,
Kerala Backwaters has become
the most exciting tourist spot in
Ashtamudi Lake (literally, having eight arms), which covers a major
portion of Kollam district in the south, is the second largest and is
considered the gateway to the backwaters.
The Kettuvallom :
Showcasing a unique heritage The kettuvalloms (houseboats) of Kerala are
giant country crafts, measuring up to 80 feet in length. It took great
skill and meticulousness to construct these giants by tying huge planks
of jack wood together, without the use of a single nail.
Today, these goods carriers have been adapted to make the most exciting
tourism product in
India, the luxurious furnished houseboat. A kettuvallom usually has one
or two bath attached bedrooms, an open lounge, deck, kitchenette and a
crew comprising oarsmen, a cook and guide.
The State is blessed with beautiful beaches and back waters, which are
the most important tourist attractions
of Kerala. The State has
about 550 km. long coastline studded with world's best string of
beaches. Along the coastal plains is a vast network of lagoons, lakes,
rivers and canals, which provide excellent facilities of inland
Backwaters Destinations are Kollam, Allepey, Kottayam, Kumarakom,
Stay in Kerala House Boats on Backwaters of Kerala :
Kerala offers a unique mini - canvas to the traveller; the backwaters,
which consist of a complex network of lagoons, lakes & canals. Life on
the backwaters is entirely different; water being the key to everything.
There are no roads here, only waterways. On the banks one can see lush
green rice fields spreading away into the distance and coconut groves
with the occasional temple or church.
These canals or waterways, vary in dimension from being wide enough to
be dubbed lakes, rich with marine bounty. To being nothing but snaking
silvers of freshwater. And are mainly concentrated around the townships
of Allepey, Kumarakom, Kottayam, Kollam (Quilon),
The backwaters are best experienced while slowly punting down the
labyrinth of canals in a traditional thatch-roofed houseboat, known as 'kettuvallam'.
An experience you will savour for a long time.
The houseboats are renovated cargo boats… kettuvallams… and are provided
with all modern conveniences and comforts to make your stay a pleasant
experience. To complement the traditional way of rowing using large
poles, outboard engines are also provided. The boats are designed to
facilitate a most eco-friendly functioning.
A wide selection of beautiful routes are available for the cruises and
you can choose one that suits your budget and time frame. Each route is
comprehensive, serene and enjoyable in itself, extending to you a
complete experience of Kuttanad. The unique water
Features of an Enthralling Houseboat :
Each houseboat is of excellent construction and luxurious furnishing
with exquisite flooring, hull and valavara (canopy). They are in top
cruise worthy condition.
Each houseboat is provided with a sun deck, spacious living / dining
Each houseboat with attached toilets, separate toilets for crew.
Spacious passage and a neat, classy kitchen.
Kitchen is properly protected from hazards by fireproofing and fire
Clean environment with a hygienic storage hold, free from insects And
safe fuel storage facilities.
Clean good quality linen, blankets, towels etc.
Log books and tourist records are updated regularly and the boat has a
Log books and tourist records are updated regularly and the boat has a
The service of professional cooks are available on the boat.
A fleet of Houseboats contains :
One bedded accommodation
Two bedded accommodation
Large boats for families.
Conference Facilities with 5 bed room accommodation
The nearest airport is
Cochin, 64 kms to the North. Trivandrum International airport is 159 kms
to the south.
Alappuzha is linked by rail to cities like
Cochin, Madras, Howrah, Bangalore and Bokaro. The railway station is
situated 5 kms away from the bus station and ferry station. (Enquiry
Phone : 253965, 253865)
Road Well connected by road (NH-47).
Trivandrum - Allepey : 160 Km, Cochin - Allepey : 70 km.
Water Connected with
Cochin (5 1/2 hrs), Quilon (8 hrs) and Kottayam (2 1/2 hrs)
Alappuzha is linked by boat service through
the backwaters to Quilon, Changanassery,
Kottayam, Cochin, Kumarakom, Kovalam and Chengannur.
The ferry station and bus station are close to each other. The ferry
boats from Alleppey passes through scenic backwaters.
Short cruise in & around Allepey & Kollam :
A boat ride into the countryside offers a close look at rustic village
life- skiff-fishermen launching their cockleshell boats, large flocks of
domesticated ducks waddling down to the water from thatched houses on
the banks. Women, neck-deep in water, with their waist-length hair
heaped in a crown, catching fish with their feet, aimless cattle grazing
in lush pastures, white lotuses floating here and there in small,
Short cruise on backwaters are also available on the smaller boat If you
don't want to stay overnight or longer in the houseboats. The duration
of these cruises are depends on the routing & can be covered In
3 to 6
hrs of time period.
Houseboats for groups can be also arranged for the short cruise.
Short Cruise from Kollam :
Take you through the legendary punnamada lake. High points of the cruise
are the visit to the 400 year old church and the viewing of a Kerala
race boat…. the snake boat.
Overnight cruise from Allepey :
Allepey - Allepey:
Check in Allepey - cruise through Punnamada Lake - visit the Chavara
Bhavan, olden wooden house - enjoy the panoramic views of paddy fields,
narrow canals and coconut lagoons - visit 400 year old Champakulam
church - view the 110 feet long snake boat. Night stay in the middle of
Allepey - Kumarakom:
Check in Allepey - Cruise through the punnamada lake … the venue of the
famous Nehru trophy snake boat race. Enter the enchanting waters of the
vembanad lake… enjoy the panoramic views and the glimpses of life along
the banks. Visit R-block, C-block where paddy is cultivated much below
the water level. Stop by the pathiramanal island. Visit chavara bhavan…
the old wooden house where the blessed kuriakose elias chavara was born.
Night stay at Kumarakom. Early morning leave the houseboat after
Allepey to Kottayam :
A cruise that links two district headquarters. Glide across the
punnamada lake… location of the famous boat races, take in the
fascinating life along the banks. Pass by r-block, observe how paddy is
cultivated by the help of dykes several feet below the sea level. Have a
long, enjoyable break from the routine. Night stay on boat at kottayam.
leave the houseboat.
Allepey to Thottappally :
Glide along from Allepey through punnamada lake… admire the old
traditional houses on the banks…visit the chavara bhavan… admire duck
farming… stop by at triveni … visit the ancient ambalapuzha temple… the
church at champakkulam… the 11th century buddha image or karumadikkuttan…
have the time of your life… serene, quiet and easy. Night stay on house
boat at thottappally. After breakfast leave the houseboat.
2 Nights Cruise Allepey - Alumkadavu :
The most fascinating and enjoyable route available. Cruise through the
punnamada lake… admire the old chavara bhavan…traditional nalukettu
houses… enjoy panoramic view of paddy fields… visit the ancient
champakkulam church…view the snake boats…visit the historical temple of
ambalappuzha and the ancient buddhist image of karumadikkutan. At
kumarakody memorial recall the celebrated malayalam poet kumaran asan
who drowned there. Enjoy the view of chinese fishing nets at kayamkulam
pozhy, you can see the sun set and sun rise, Chinese fishing net in
operation. Cruise through alumkadavu lake…visit
most famous living woman saint matha amrithanandamayi. Drop by at the
coir village…observe the processes that go into making coir.
Kumarakom - Alumkadavu :
Check in Kumarakom - visit bird sanctuary - visit R'Block, C' Block -
visit the Chavara Bhavan, olden wooden house - enjoy the panoramic view
of paddy fields, narrow canals and coconut lagoons -Night halt at
Vattakayal - visit the 400 year old ancient church - view the 110 feet
long snake boat - visit the ancient Buddhist image of Karrumadikuttan,
only one Buddhist temple in Kerala - night halt at Kayamkulam Pozhy, you
can see the sun set and sun rise, Chinese fishing net in operation.
Cruise through Kayamkulam Lake - visit Vallicavu Amrithanadhamayi
Ashram, most famous sanyasini - visit the coir village. Check out at
Tours can be tailor-made to your needs"