Situated in South India, Kerala is not just popular in the country, but also across the world. The scintillating nature enraptures every soul who visits God’s own country. The popularity of this state has surged to another level as there is probably no off season anymore. Every season in this state has tourists buzzing across the terrain and exploring this divine land to the fullest. However, the splendid experience of the Kerala houseboat tour packages that the visitors depart is non comparable. Read more...
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Know before you plan your Kerala Houseboat Tour
One of the most admired vacation spots in India, Kerala attracts people from all over the world to visit and experience ecstasy to its truest form. Home to everything a perfect holiday destination should have, Kerala bestows its visitors with beaches, temples, cuisines, natural beauty, sceneries and many adventurous activities.
Staying in a luxurious hotel on land is one thing but living in a houseboat is a whole different experience in itself. The Kerala vacation packages in houseboat have visitors using these exotic barges for leisure time and sightseeing. The comfort and amenities are no less than a regular hotel’s—from living rooms to furnished bedrooms, a houseboat is an art in itself. Sailing amidst the pure beauty of the local villages is magical in this luxury.
As history goes, these boats were first used as a means of transporting goods and people Kerala. However, when the roadways overshadowed the waterways, these boats were reconstructed into an accommodative structure and transformed into houseboats. Today, Alappuzha alone has about 500 houseboats. With no worry of hiring transport to enjoy the localities, these houseboats become primary mode of transport during your Kerala houseboat tours. Visitors can find these houseboats at Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kottayam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Kasaragod.
Must visit places on your Houseboat Trip
Your Kerala houseboat tour packages cover the following destinations:
Alleppey is fondly named as “Venice of the East” for the being the hub of backwater cruises. Its rich natural beauty that surfs the visitors past the coconut palms is a sight to behold. The best part about choosing Alleppey backwaters is the sight of a local village lifestyle on the riverbanks.
Spanning across several districts in Kerala, Vembanad Lake is the longest lake in India. It is a popular destination to visit as a part of the backwater tour. This destination is renowned for spotting the exotic migratory birds, fishing and boating.
Famous for its bird sanctuary, Kumarakom is a favourite holiday destination for every tourist, including some prominent celebrities. It is a small, picturesque village in Kerala which is an ideal destination for Kerala houseboat trip. One can enjoy the villages, farm fields, bird sanctuary and resorts at the banks. They can also explore Kuttanad, the rice bowl of Kerala.
Situated near Kollam, a trip to these backwaters covers the entire area but provides very little leisure time. The major attractions of this place are the paddy fields. Houseboat tour packages for Kerala cover coir village, Kumarakodi, Karimadikuttan and Matha Amrithamanadha Math while travelling from Alleppey to Alumkadavu.
Travelling on a houseboat to Thottappalley is another popular route in Kerala. The major attractions of this route include church at Champakkulam, Charana Bhavan, Punnamada lake, 11th Century Buddha temple – Karumadikkuttan and Ambalappuzha temple.
Things / Activities Houseboat goers should do in Kerala
Apart from having leisure time on the houseboat, there are a lot many activities one can indulge in their Kerala houseboat tour packages.
Make sure to ask your houseboat sailor to take you on a ride to the canals. There are several scenic spots at this destination to pass through.
Your Kerala houseboat holidays are going to be incomplete if you do not try the seafood that is cooked by the in-house chef. This experience is made more intriguing when the meals are cooked with local ingredients.
Enjoy the resort or café on the banks of the canals. Have a coffee or a quick bite before going forward on the journey.
You must not miss the scenic beauty of passing by the paddy fields as a part of Kerala houseboat tour packages. Coming across this brilliant site and watching locals working on the field is a sight to behold.
Step out of your houseboat and enjoy the local Ayurvedic spa treatment. There are several Ayurveda treatment centres that visitors leave with a relaxed mind.
Quick tips for houseboat tourists
One can make the most of the Kerala houseboat trip if the following aspects are taken care of:
Choose the route, duration and size of the houseboat appropriately.
Due to hot and humid weather, Kerala houseboat tours are much more enjoyable if comfortable clothes are worn.
Carry a mosquito repellent for better nights.
Instead of carrying your own food, enjoy Kerala houseboat holidays by relishing on the local cuisine.
Visit the backwaters in the winter, avoid it during the peak season for a better and tranquil experience.
Carry a camera to capture the enchanting sceneries of these backwaters.
Ideal Kerala Houseboat package Itinerary
Ideal Kerala houseboat holiday packages resemble the following itinerary if checked in from Alleppey:
Day 1: Check-in and visit Vilackmaramthodu, Kannitta Kallathuruthy, Chepampuram, Kanjipadam and Karumadi.
Day 2: After an overnight stay the banks, explore Thottappally, Karuvatta, Thakazhi, Thayankavi Thodu, Pullangadi and Champakulam as part of your Kerala houseboat package.
Day 3: Visit Nedumudy, Munnattumukham, Venattukadu before lunch and visit Chemkayal, Kuttithodu, C Block, Kainakary after lunch.
Day 4: Begin your day 4 of the Kerala houseboat vacation by visiting Marthandom, followed by R Block, Rajpuram, Kannitta and Vilackmaram Thodu.
Day 5: After an overnight stay, travel back to Alleppey in the morning and checkout of the houseboat.
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