Thursday, February 28, 2008

Kerala Houseboats


Kerala Houseboat Cruise Since ancient times Kerala has used its lake and canals as a water network for transporting men and material. Being aboard a houseboat is a tranquil, stressless adventure where you will see the beautiful Kerala keep passing by. The cruise down the mystical backwaters of Kerala is indisputably an experience of a lifetime.

The Kerala Houseboat Features -

Beside being an cultural heritage, the houseboats of Kerala offer an innovative holiday idea. The country houseboat in Kerala is referred to as 'Kettuvallam'. These eco-friendly houseboats are made from local materials like bamboo poles, coconut fibre, ropes, bamboo mats, carpets etc. Usually houseboats are the giant country crafts that are as long as 60 to 70 feet. While aboard the houseboat in Kerala you may enjoy the facilities of a star categorised hotel. Basically the houseboats are well appointed with an open lounge, one or more bath attached bedrooms and a kitchenette. A Kerala houseboats are generally manned by a crew, consisting of a cook, guide and oarsman. Lazing and relaxing on the sun decks is one of the most popular activities on the houseboats in Kerala. Traditional lanterns take up the place of electricity on the houseboats in Kerala. On the houseboats you may enjoy the serene surroundings along with savouring the traditional specialities of Kerala. Fresh seafood adds to the sumptuous meals available on the houseboats.

On the Way You Will See -

A boat ride into the countryside offers a close look at rustic village life- skiff-fishermen launching their cockleshell boats, large flocks of domesticated ducks waddling down to the water from thatched houses on the banks. Women, neck-deep in water, with their waist-length hair heaped in a crown, catching fish with their feet, aimless cattle grazing in lush pastures, white lotuses floating here and there in small, shallow ponds.The tourists on the houseboats may relive the authentic life in the villages of Kerala. These houseboats or the taxis on the backwaters of Kerala pass through several towns and villages of Kerala. The Vembanad Lake forms the largest backwater stretch in Kerala. You may enjoy Alappuzha, Kottayam and Kochi on the houseboat while enjoying backwaters of Kerala. Altogether, Houseboats in Kerala are great options for short breaks and getaways.

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