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Backwaters Tourism
 
Embark on the "Kettuvallam" (Houseboats) for a journey through the breathtakingly beautiful backwaters of Kerala. With superb coconut grooves by the sides and the beautifully decorated boats, Kerala is ranked amongst the ten paradise of the world by the 'National Geographic Travelers'. The Backwaters are today a kaleidoscope for the visitors to see the rural and real life in the heart of Kerala. Welcome to the land of canals lagoons, lakes and rivers....

The Journey

The backwaters refer to the large inland lakes that stretch for over Nineteen hundred kilometers along which Kerala lives. The enchanting backwaters of Alleppey are sure to rob your heart. Palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets lined up along either side of the canals are panoramic sights one can never forget. The Chinese fishing nets, the reminiscent of our past trade links, are also found on the way. Flocks of duck swimming around the banks and tiny birds flying across the sky remain as enduring pictures reflecting the charm of this tourist land.


The House Boats

The Kettuvallam or 'boat with knots' is so called because coir ropes tied in knots hold the entire structure of the boat together. During the entire assembling work of the boat, not a single nail is used. Kettuvallam is steered by two persons in deep waters by means of oars. The tough and labor-intensive jobs of boat building, prawn cultivation and coir manufacture are a part of the daily livelihood of Keralites.

All Houseboats have been modified to meet a novel concept of holidaying. Comfortably furnished with an open lounge, one or two bath attached bedrooms and a kitchenette, and are extremely eco friendly, merging smoothly into the panorama. Every houseboat is manned by a crew - usually a cook, a Captain, and an Oarsman.

The kitchen in the houseboat or ketuvallam is the production center of the best traditional Kerala food. The availability of fishes and all along the backwater add special charm to the authentic Kerala cooking. Authentic Kerala food is prepared under high standards of hygiene and professional competency by expert cooks, who have been specially trained.

The highest classifications awarded by Dept. of Tourism for Houseboats are Gold Star and Silver Star. All the Houseboats dealt by us are all Gold Star.


Backwater Destinations

Kumarakom located on the banks of picturesque Vembanad Lake is considered the gateway to the backwaters of Kuttanad. Kumarakom consists of a cluster of islands which have been converted into a number of tourist resorts. This beautiful water world is a paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields, coconut grooves and is a place u must visit on your tour.

Alappuzha (Alleppey) also called the 'Venice of the East' is an exotic backwater location which offers a kaleidoscopic overview of the natural beauty, with the Arabian Sea on the west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers crisscrossing it. Alappuzha is famous for its boat races, houseboat holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. A singular characteristic of this land is the region called Kuttanad. The Granary of Kerala, Kuttanad is perhaps the only place in the world were farming is done below sea level.

Kollam: Kollam Backwaters is the gateway to the backwaters of Kerala. 30% of this historic town is covered by the renowned Ashtamudi Lake. There is an eight hour boat trip between Kollam and Alappuzha which is the longest & most enchanting experience of Kerala's backwaters.

Kochi: Kochi offers various backwater trips to the travelers. You can enjoy an exciting sunset or morning houseboat cruise through the serene and picturesque waterways on the Willington Island with beautiful lagoons, small rivulets full of swaying coconut palm trees. A thrilling water cruise on Bolghatty Island can truly be an unforgettable experience combined with the the famous tourist attractions of Cochin like the Jewish Synagogue, Cochin Fort, Mattancherry Palace and St Francis Church.