Houseboat tourist packages are the main highlight of packages in Kerala. Houseboats in Kerala are called Kettuvallam and are made using coir and bamboos. These boathouses are fully facilitated to accommodate a family or a group of visitors. They come with amenities like furnished living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, and balcony. Kettuvallam Houseboats are available in different shapes and sizes and varies from standard to luxury facilities. The freshly cooked delicious south Indian cuisine is served inside the houseboat. Houseboat in Kerala is mostly seen in Vembanad and Ashtamudi Lakes. Alappuzha is the most loved houseboat and backwater destination.
Discover the charm of Kerala's backwaters and the wonderful nature surrounding them. Kerala has a large number of rivers and water bodies that are an extremely relaxing destination for travelers. The myriad lakes and backwaters attract tourists from all over the world to the God's own country. Backwaters in Kerala are composed of lagoons, lakes, rivers, rivulets, canals, streams and salty seawater. The backwaters are decorated with astounding backdrop including forests, palm groves and paddy fields.
Kerala boathouse package includes a day and night trip through the lagoons and canals. You can explore the beautiful landscape of Kerala in the daytime while at night the houseboat will be held above the water without moving. The check-in time is at 12 in the noon. You can choose from the non-Indian cuisines for the dinner. Also, chilled beer is served in the luxury boathouses. Enjoy your dreamy night in your boat above the water and wake up in the morning to witness the sunrise. The beauty of the backwater can only be enjoyed through a houseboat trip. Make our Moments offers you numerous houseboat packages with which you can enjoy this heavenly experience. Different packages including varied destinations are offered for the visitors. Make our Moments has designed special packages for honeymoon couples and family.
Alleppey in Kerala is referred to as the ‘Venice of the east’. This is the most loved backwater tourism destination in God's own country. Houseboats sail over the serene and scenic backwaters in Alleppey allowing you to experience the charm of Kerala. A lot of couples come to Alleppey to enjoy their Honeymoon. Several boat races are conducted in the Punnamada Lake every year that attract several visitors to this place at that time. The Nehru Trophy boat race held on the second Saturday of August month is the most fierce of them all. The starlit night above you as the boat takes you through the water gives you a mesmerizing experience. This is a one of a kind Backwater Tour through Kerala that makes your vacation special.
Kumarakom is an attractive island on the banks of Vembanad Lake, which is the largest lake in Kerala. This land with a cluster of small islands is tourist paradise for the backwater lovers. Sail through the serenity of meandering waterways lined with a backdrop of lush green vegetation with the blue sky. Kumarakom has a diverse flora and fauna. You can enjoy watching migratory birds flying around from the Kumarakom bird sanctuary. The snake boat race during Onam celebrations is an important and popular event held in the canals of Kumarakom.
The town is decorated with thick mangrove forests and paddy fields. Famous for backwater tourism, this small and lovely Kumarakom town attracts visitors with its appeal. Houseboat stays in Kumarakom above the clear serene water and the beautiful nature in the backdrop is divine. Tourists will be taken for a day and night stay in a houseboat with delicious cuisine prepared freshly on the boat.
Kettuvallams (houseboats/boathouse) were used in the old times for transporting people and materials through the backwaters or to the ports. At present, they are designed to promote the tourism in Kerala. Houseboats now are huge, slowly moving exotic wherry used for leisure trips and exploring backwaters. The Kettuvallams in olden days is revoked with all the modern amenities to accommodate tourists.
Kettuvallam is a majestic structure built with wood, coir, and bamboos. the term 'Kettu' means 'a knot' in Malayalam and 'Vallam' means 'a boat'. These houseboats are 100 feet long with an average width of 13 feet and they come with single rooms, double rooms, and triple rooms. The main wood used to create the base is from 'Anjili' tree and the roof is made of bamboos and palm leaves. All materials used to build a houseboat are eco-friendly. Bamboo poles and mats, carpets, ropes etc. are other items used in decorating a houseboat.
Cut and carved wooden planks are tied together to create the hull of the structure. These are tied completely using coir knots. No nails are not used for holding the woods together. Coconut fibers are used to fill between the wooden planks. The whole structure is then coated using resin from cashew nut shells. Well made and maintained houseboats will last for generations.
These houseboats, that was earlier used to transport cargos had a lesser headroom and no windows. After finding the opportunity to use this as a tourist vehicle the design was changed to make it comfortable for the visitors with a high roof, washrooms, better seats, windows, and other openings. Houseboats are motorized with steering to control its directions. Long oars are used to steer the boat in deep waters.
The interiors of a Kettuvallam is really marvelous. This structure will leave your mouth open. The houseboats in Alleppey and Kumarakom mainly has three bedrooms, washrooms, living area, a kitchen, and a balcony. The number of bedrooms and facilities vary slightly based on its price and location. The floors of the houseboats are decorated with coir mattress. Some houseboats have the balcony above its roof while some have it at the entrance. Bio-toilets are available inside the washrooms. Separate toilets are given for the crew in the houseboat which consists of a cook and two drivers. There are luxurious houseboats with great facilities like you get in a five-star hotel in the backwater of Kerala. The thrill of living in a house on water is something that everyone should experience in their life.