A houseboat is a boat that has been designed or modified to be used primarily as a human dwelling. The houseboats in Kerala, south India, are huge, slow-moving barges used for leisure trips. They are a reworked model of Kettuvallams (in the Malayalam language, Kettu means "tied with ropes", and vallam means "boat"), which in earlier times, were used to carry rice and spices from Kuttanad to the Kochi port. Kerala houseboats were considered a convenient means of transportation. The popularity of Kettuvallams has returned in the function as major tourist attractions. Such a houseboat is about 60 to 70 feet (18 to 21 m) long and about 15 feet (4.6 m) wide at the middle. The hull is made of wooden planks that are held together by ropes of coconut fiber; the usual wood is 'Anjili'. The roof is made of bamboo poles and palm leaves. The exterior of the boat is painted with protective coats of cashew nut oil.
The backwaters are an elaborate chain of lagoons, lakes and rivers spread like a necklace through central Kerala. Cruising provides an excellent opportunity to view the lifestyle of the locals living alongside the waterways.
Day 01: Arrival Cochin
Arrive at Cochin Airport. Proceed to the arrival lounge. TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS Executive will page you by your name. Thereafter you will be assisted with a transfer to the traditional houseboat anchored on prime location of Allepey and your accommodation for 03 days. (L,D)
Day 02: Private Kerala House Boat
Enjoy cruising through narrow serene backwater canals, experience transquility, tradition and customs while observing daily life of locals living alongside the backwaters. Stay two nights on board. (B, L, D)
Day 03: Departure Cochin
After breakfast disembark the boat and your tour finishes with transfer to Cochin airport to board your onward flight. (B)
- 02 night’s private houseboat accommodation with private facility.
- Transfers by private air-conditions car with driver as per itinerary
- Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- All current taxes