What can be a more enchanting holiday experience in India than a cruise along the palm-fringed waterways of Kerala in a luxury houseboat? Just imagine the charm as you skim past water lilies, coir villages, lush paddy fields, temples and coconut trees, and rustic homes groves. It is certainly an incredibly different experience just floating on backwaters in a country of craft and absorbing natural serenity.
Kettuvallam, the traditional name of the houseboat, is a boat made by tying together pieces of wood. Believe it or not, Kettuvallam is made without using a single nail. Jack wood planks are joined together with coir rope and then coated with black resin made from boiled cashew nut shells. Now-a-days, these giant 80-foot long crafts are transformed into luxuriously furnished houseboats accommodations with an open lounge, one or two bath attached bedrooms and a kitchenette, and are extremely eco friendly, merging smoothly into the panorama. A Kettuvallam usually has one or two bath attached rooms, an open lounge, deck, kitchenette and a crew comprising two oarsmen and a cook. Lights are given the shape of traditional lanterns.
The houseboat cruise in Kerala is a great luxury in water encompassing you the real water fun in India. A wide selection of beautiful routes is 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 Kerala the unique water land of India.