Kerala Backwater Cruise christened the “Pioneers in back water tourism” and the first ever Super Luxury House Boat Operators offers a contemporary & exciting customary flotilla starting from Deluxe, Luxury and Super Luxury houseboat stays incorporated with a Kerala cuisine or multi-cuisine, with exhilarating destinations and a widespread choice of itineraries, well-trained staff, genuine hospitality committed to eminent service, efficient infrastructure, premier safety principles and a spacious parking area at our nerve center and embarkation point at pallathuruthy –Alleppy(also known as the "Venice of the East" its was here that traders from across the seven seas came in search of black gold and souvenirs).
About Kerala Houseboats……………
The Kettuvallams or ‘boat with knots’- was so called because the entire boat was held together with coir knots only - not even a single nail is used during the construction. Houseboats or Kettuvallams were large barges used to carry goods .The original Kettuvallams were used to carry tones of rice and spices - standard Kettuvallam could hold up to 30 tones.
Today, these goods carriers have been adapted to make the most exciting tourism product in India without losing its originality. While converting Kettuvallams into houseboats, care is taken to use only natural products. They are on average 70 feet long boats with 15 feet width in the middle portion. The wood commonly used to make Kettuvallams is 'Anjili'(a kind tree belonging to the jack fruit family), which is found in abundance in central Travancore area. Large planks are tied together using hand made coir ropes and beaten coconut fibers. This is then coated with a caustic black resin made from boiled cashew kernels. This gives the Kettuvallams enough strength to withstand heavy waves in the sea. Bamboo mats, sticks and wood of the aracanut tree are used for roofing, coir mats and wooden planks for the flooring and wood of coconut trees and coir for beds. Solar panels are used for lighting.These long cargo boats are a familiar sight on the backwaters. With careful maintenance, a Kettuvallam can last for generations. These boats cruised forward from near- extinction to enjoy their present great popularity.
The backwaters, which consist of an intricate network of lagoons, lakes & canals one can choose from the wide selections of beautiful routes are available for the cruises and you can choose one that suits your resources and time frame. Each route is comprehensive, unruffled and enjoyable in itself, extending to you an absolute experience of Kuttanad.
(also known as’ The rice bowl of Kerala’ one of the very few places in the world where farming is done below sea level.)