A Kerala Houseboat is one of the traditional forms of transportation that people have been using for ages. These Kumarakom Houseboats reflects the essence and ecstasy of Kerala’s tranquil backwaters. The traditional forms of the Houseboats also known as Kettuvallams were majorly used for transporting people and goods from the interior backwater areas of Kerala towards the then trade centers like Cochin, Kottayam, and Alleppey. But, the influence of urbanization and the enhancement in the transportation facilities has transformed these Kettuvallams into Boat Houses that are luxurious and sophisticated without losing the charm of the Kettuvallam concept.
Today, the houseboats in Kumarakom and Alleppey are one of the major attractions that lure tourists towards Kerala from all over the world mainly for Honeymoon and Holiday Packages, We have published a blog on Alleppey Houseboat : The Best Honeymoon Destinations. In fact, Kerala Honeymoon packages or Kerala Holiday Packages are incomplete without a Houseboat cruise across Alleppey or Kumarakom. Amazingly, there was a time when there were more than 5000 Kettuvallams in Kerala that were used for transportation purposes though these days Houseboats make a huge contribution to the economic growth of the tourism industry.
A Houseboat cruise across the backwaters of Alleppey and Kumarakom is an unforgettable experience. Once you start on your cruising expedition along the exotic backwaters of Kerala, you will be excited at the mesmerizing beauty of the backwater villages, coconut groves that reach out the sky with their branches touching the banks on either side, paddy fields, the coir factories and the churches giving you a deeper glimpse into the lifestyle of people inhabiting the coastal areas. The gentleness of the breeze blowing across the backwaters will soothe your soul and rejuvenate your senses. This trip is all that you need to escape from the bustling city life and make you feel relaxed.
In the traditional days, Kerala has been depending on its widespread network of waterways formed from lakes and canals for transportation purposes. Houseboat cruising is an awesome experience that will take you across the tranquility of the backwaters that are blessed with the charm of delighting the tourists.
Kettuvallam, as it was initially referred to, before the origin of the modernized Houseboat concept that is focused more at offering the tourists a pleasant holiday experience. Boat Houses seen in Kumarakom and Alleppey are manufactured using Eco-friendly construction materials such as coconut fiber, bamboo poles, ropes, carpets, bamboo mats etc. You can find Kerala Houseboats that are around 60 to 70 feet high.
All the Houseboats in Kerala are well-equipped with numerous facilities and amenities similar to those found in star hotels. The basic facilities that are commonly found across all Houseboats include an open lounge, bedrooms attached with bathrooms and a well-furnished kitchen. There will be 3 staff on your cruise including an oarsman, an engine operator and a chef. Also, you can request for a guide for the necessary assistance while on your cruise. The exquisiteness of mouth-watering seafood along with traditional food menu of Kerala will delight your stomach and heart and this would be one of the best holiday experiences of your life.
You will be amazed at the beautiful picturesque view of the backwater scenery that you will find here as the cruising takes you amidst Kerala’s rustic villages, fishermen in their cockleshell boats, and also folks of domesticated ducks toddling down to the water, cattle herds wandering across the lush green pastures and the beautiful lotuses embedded in those shallow ponds are a part of the enchanting experiences that awaits you on your houseboat cruise.
Deluxe Houseboats with one room consists of double beds for 2 adults and 2 kids, then comes the other one with 2 bedrooms that can accommodate 4 adults and 4 kids, and there are these Deluxe Houseboats with 3 bedrooms that can be occupied by 6 adults and it also comes with a party room and a conference hall.
The facilities and amenities inside a deluxe houseboat include sun-decked bedrooms attached with bathrooms, sit outs, common living areas, dining table, T.V. and a kitchen. You can check out other Houseboats packages here.
Check-in time starts at 12 in the noon and extends till 9.30 am the next day. The food and the other related services on the Houseboat cruise are all included in the charges. You will be served lunch, Tea/coffee, Dinner, Morning bed coffee and Breakfast the next morning. You can either choose for a daytime Houseboat cruise or one day & night Houseboat cruise. The Houseboat cruise will move across Kumarakom and Alleppey Backwaters, Kumarakom Fish Sanctuary, Midnight land Island which will be an unforgettable experience that you will cherish throughout your life.
During the night, there will be no cruising and the houseboat will be docked to the banks of the Houseboat. If you choose A/C houseboat, then the air condition services will be available to you from 7 pm to 7 am and also you can choose full-time A/C houseboats and the charges of the houseboats will differ accordingly.
You will be provided with the following facilities on your Houseboat cruising across Kumarakom:
Welcome drink on arrival
Lunch, Dinner and breakfast on the Kumarakom Houseboats
21 hours overnight stay on the A/C Kumarakom Houseboat
5 to 6 hours of cruising across Kumarakom and Alleppey
Houseboat will be docked at the banks of the lake or Canal.
Kumarakom lake Sunset walks and a splendid Village Safari