Houseboats
Backwaters, Kerala
Riceboats or kettuvallams were used in the olden days for transporting goods from the isolated interior villages of Kerala backwaters to the towns. With the advent of roads, bridges and ferry services, gradually the kettuvallams went off the scene. Today these traditional boats, which have been converted into luxurious houseboats, are a major attraction for travellers visiting Kerala.

Most of the houseboats come with bath-attached bedrooms, a living room, open deck and a kitchenette. The crew an oarsman, a cook and an assistant, ensure that your stay is pleasurable. The boats cruise along the palm-fringed backwaters of Kerala, past fishing nets, water lilies, lush paddy fields, coir villages, rustic homes, temples, churches and coconut groves.

The largest backwaters stretch in Kerala is the Vembanad Lake which flows through three districts and opens out into the sea at the Cochin port. The Ashtamudi Lake is the second largest which covers a major portion of Kollam district in the south and considered the gateway to the backwaters.

Though houseboats can be embarked and disembarked at various places in the backwaters region, the best overnight cruise routing is between Alleppey and Kumarakom embark and one and disembark at the other place.
How To Get There :
The best way to access backwaters is to arrive in Cochin and drive on to Alleppey (70 km / 1 hour) or Kumarakom (100 km / 2 hours).

A visit to backwaters may be combined with a tour of rest of Kerala and the neighbouring Tamil Nadu and Karnataka regions.
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