Located parallel to the Arabian Sea coast, Kerala backwaters are a string of brackish lagoons which are fed by a total of 38 rivers and embraces five huge lakes connected by canals. Virtually extending up to half the length of the state, backwaters have a unique ecosystem. Vacations in the backwater of Kerala are raised to the next level of excellence with the facility of Houseboats. Modern day Kettuvallam (houseboats) were used as a mode of transport in olden days. Kerala government has classified the tourist houseboat as Platinum, Gold and Silver.
Houseboats in Kerala Backwaters
Just imagine-A luxurious stay in the arms of the nature, sailing on the backwaters bordered by beautiful trees on the shores with wind blowing throw the canopy of the forests taking you into a dreamland full of surprises. Out of the 400 Kettuvallums of Kerala backwaters
, at least 120 well maintained luxury liners are available in the citadel of house boats, Alappuzha
. The crew of these boats consists of three members - a driver, cabin assistants and a chef. The food served on the boat is cooked with special recipes and flavors of Kerala specialty being the scrumptious local fish.
Operators are coming up with new innovative ideas to impress the visitors and make their stay comfortable. The collaboration between the tourism council and private beaches has made things simpler for the tourists.
Following are the Popular Backwaters Houseboat Destination in Kerala :
Previously known as Quilon, Kollam is the starting point of the backwater waterways and was one of the leading trade centers of the primeval world, praised by travelers like Marco Polo and Ibn Battuta. The boat ride from Kollam to Alappuzha, all around the lotuses and water lilies, is the longest cruise of eight hour duration.
Alappuzha (Alleppey): Earlier known as Alleppey, Alappuzha is an evergreen tourist destination which was described as ‘Venice of the East’ by Marco Polo. One of the most famous attractions of the place is its snake boat races.
A group of tiny islands form the village of Kumarakom on the Vembanad Kayal that falls under the Kuttanad region. There are quite a few exotic resorts in Kumarakom that offer a comfortable stay along with ayurvedic treatments.
Located 6 km from Trivandrum, Thiruvallam is a famous tourist destination renowned for its canoe rides. It is the meeting point of two beautiful rivers – the Killi and the Karamana. Veli Lagoon is a nearby place to Thiruvallam with a floating bridge, a waterfront park and facilities for water sports.
Kozhikode, Kasargod, Munroe Island, and Kuttanad
are the other famous backwater houseboats
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