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Some Unforgettable Moments with Houseboats Kerala

by ramashankar

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Travel is not about where you go it is about who you go with. Well if you are planning for vacations and looking for an exotic tour and travel destination then plan for Kerala also referred as ‘God’s Own Country’ situated at south-western region of India. Since it has been declared as one of the ten paradises in the world by National Geographic Traveler magazine it is visited by honeymooners, vacationers, nature-lovers and adventure-enthusiast. Mother-Nature has generously blessed this state with heart-grabbing attractions that never fails to grab the heart of its spectators.


Once you visit to this heavenly place you will certainly get awe-struck with its refreshing hill stations majestically situated at the western-Ghats, palm-fringed beaches, exotic wildlife or national parks, or exclusive backwaters which no one fill find any where in the world. Backwaters are globally famous for its scenic attractions and wonderments and considered the heartthrob of Kerala tourism. Many rivers, inlets, lagoons, lakes are interlinked together and form the breathtaking locale that one only experience through Kerala houseboats.


Houseboats Kerala is the predominant way to explore the breathtaking backwaters which offer unforgettable holidaying experience to the vacationers and envelope their heart with fun and ecstasy. A houseboat also known as ketuvallams in Kerala’n language was earlier used for the transportation purposes but after considering the huge arrival of vacationers in Kerala, it has been transformed into well organized houseboats.  The major thing about Ketuvallams is that these are eco-friendly. Houseboats of Kerala are made by bamboo poles, coconut fiber ropes, bamboo mats, coir carpet etc.

Houseboats generally have one or two bath attached rooms, an open lounge, deck, kitchenette, and a crew comprising two oarsmen and a cook. Backwater tours are very popular among all kind of vacationers and persuade them to visit this place from every nook and corner of the world. A cruise along the palm-fringed waterways of Kerala in a luxury houseboat is the most delightful holidaying experience in India today. Hire one (ketuvallam) houseboat and explore the breathtaking vistas while tweeting with the birds and also experience the rural life of Kerala. Kumarakom, Alleppey, Kottyam, Kovalam, Kochi, Thiruvallam and etc are some of the few backwater destinations of the state where you can go for backwater tour.

Though all the backwater destinations have their own charm but among all backwater destinations Kumarakom and Alleppey are the most visited backwater destinations of Kerala. Alleppey or Allappuzha also known as ‘Venice of East’ is the largest backwater destinations in this state and also famous for coir products. Well known for snake boat races, Alleppey is equally famous for its scenic attractions that one can explore through Alleppey houseboats.

There is not any requirement to introduce Kumarakom one of the most scenic backwater destinations in Kerala also mentioned in ‘the god of small things’ a popular novel written by booker prize winner Arundhati Roy. Speckled with amazing attractions and wonderments Kumarakom is well famous for its bird sanctuary home to several species of birds. Apart from there are many other attractions that you can explore through Kumarakom Houseboats.

Rama Shankar is an eminent analyst and writer in Travel & Tours related topics. He has authored many books on kumarakom houseboats and Kerala houseboats. Find more information at


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