Friday, 24 February 2012

HOUSE BOATS

Kerala Backwaters

The capital of “God’s own country” welcomes to explore the natural beauty of Kerala. Step in a beautiful beach holidays destination known as Kovalam. Enjoy the refreshing touch of cool breeze coming from a mile away through the blue waters of Arabian Sea. Also Zoological Park, Napier Museum, Sri Chithira Art Gallery and the famous Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Trivandrum. In the Southern trip of India and catch the eye of the world famous Sunset in Kanyakumari. Also the famous Kumari Amman Temple, Vivekananda and Gandhi Memorial, and the beautiful statue of Tiruvalluvar. Houseboat cruise in Alleppey. Same tranquility during the visit to Kumarakom – blessed with beautiful backwaters, lakes & lagoons. PERIYAR is blessed with a variety of flora & fauna and also famous for wildlife sanctuary. The natural habitat of wild animals by having boat ride, elephant ride or trekking in the forest. The “green paradise” of Kerala known as Munnar – a very beautiful place. The picturesque sights of this land force you to fall in love with it. Walking through the spiral ways amidst the lush green tea plantations surrounded by misty hills. Also Rajamala peak, Eravikulam national park, Echo point and Mattupetty dam.
Alleppey Houseboats
Kettuvalloms or Houseboats (Riceboats) are country boats that were used in the early days for the transport of goods from the isolated interior villages to the towns. With the advent of roads, bridges and ferry services, gradually the Kettuvalloms went off the scene. Now these kettuvalloms are back again as a major tourist attraction. A ride on a Kettuvallom is a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters.

A house boat is about 118 feet in length and has a width of around 18 feet in the middle. The materials that go into the making are all local and Eco friendly bamboo poles, coconut fiber ropes, bamboo mats, coir carpets etc. The main wood used is "Anjili". The house boats have fully furnished single and 7 rooms with sundeck, private balcony with comfortable chairs, kitchen and toilet with WC. In addition there is also separate rest room for the crew. Traditional lanterns are used as lights. The crew includes a chef and two oarsmen. The cuisine is traditional Kerala flavour with the local specialities; delicious fish and prawns. There are single bedroom houseboats for two people and two bedroom houseboats for four people.

Kerala Backwaters

Houseboats at Kerala ackwaters
Backwaters in Kerala is a network of 1500 km of canals both manmade and natural, 38 rivers and 5 big lakes extending from one end of Kerala to the other. Backwaters is one of the major tourism product of Kerala, being unique to the state. Traditionally used as one of the main transportation alleys, today backwaters offer a rejuvenating experience for tourists visiting Kerala.
The backwaters can be explored by hiring a boat for one or several days. If you go for more than a day, the boat usually comes with a navigator and a cook, which provide you with various facilities when exploring the backwaters.

While hill resorts and beaches can be found in other parts of India, the backwaters are unique to Kerala. Meandering through the coastal areas of Kerala is a 900 kilometers (560 miles) long intricate network of lagoons, lakes, canals, estuaries and deltas of several rivers that flow into the Arabian Sea. This is a natural phenomenon, as major rivers and streams that flows within Kerala drain themselves into backwaters regions, resulting in creation of several small land strips, lagoons, islands etc, which opens to sea at few areas. Thus backwaters are one of the largest fresh-water sources and rich in marine habitat as well as adds to natural beauty. Kerala has 3 backwater regions;
The most beautiful and accessible part of the back waters is the Vembanad backwater stretch located in districts of Ernakulam, Alapuzha and Kottayam area. Vembanadu lake is the the longest lake in South Asia and listed as prestigious Ramsar sites, with rich bio-diversity. The north Vembanadu lake opens to sea at Cochin habour. The Cochin coast is dotted with numerous islands interconnected by ferries and bridges, adorning the Queen of the Arabian Sea like a necklace of pearls. The islands break the waves from the sea, thus ensuring that the back waters are calm and navigable. Among the islands, Wellingdon Island deserves special mention as it houses the Port of Cochin and the largest Naval presence in India: the Southern Naval Command.
The southern Vembanadu lake is world-renowned for its natural beauty and large expanse of water, sandwiched between district of Alapuzha and Kottayam. This is the most visited tourist area in South India and enthralls visitors all over world. Houseboat tourism, made this backwaters popular, where tourists can stay overnight in luxurious houseboats, enjoying natural beauty and wind off their stress.
A small christian chapel along a backwater canal, with traditional houseboats moored beside it.
A small christian chapel along a backwater canal, with traditional houseboats moored beside it.
Alapuzha has one of the largest network of canals, lagoons etc is famous for its unique practice of farming below sea-level at Kuttanad, where sea water is prevented using mud bars and lagoon strips. Whereas Kottayam has rose to world fame, when its sleepy lake village- Kumarakom became favourite holiday homes for international celebrities, overnight. Kumarakom is a famous bird sanctuary with home of several rare migratory birds with large expanse of backwaters and lagoons.
The second most visited backwater region is Astamudi Lake located in district in Kollam. This is one of the largest fresh-water lake in India, with numerous navigable canals and rivers interconnecting almost all regions of south Kerala. The Astamudi is also home of several endangered marine species.
The third backwater region is located at Kannur-Valiyaparambu Backwaters located in districts of Kannur and Kasargod, which is least exploited, though it offers amazing natural beauty and presence of numerous small uninhabited islands.
Apart from these three major backwater regions, smaller lagoons could be find in almost all coastal districts of Kerala. The popular options are
  • Thiruvallam Lagoons and Akkulam-Veli Backwaters located in Thiruvananthapuram district. Whereas former is a religious destination, latter is famous for its large eco-tourist project, the Akkulam Tourist Village.
  • Alumkadavu Backwaters located in Kollam district at Karunagappally, famous for its large house-boat dry docks and boatyards where most of the house-boats are constructed and repaired.
  • Kumbalangi Backwaters, which is part of Vembanadu Lake, located near to Kochi is famous for its village tourism, where small canoes are used to navigate a maze of mangrove forests, which is a unique experience
  • Canoli canal and Kallai backwaters, located in Kozhikode district, are good for boating while the bird sanctuary at Kadalundi is fast becoming a favourite with bird-watchers and nature lovers. Nearby is Korapuzha, where the Korapuzha Jalotsavam, a water sports festival attracts large tourists.
Houseboat tourism is the most popular activity in backwaters, with several large Kettu-vallams (traditional rice boats, now converted into floating hotels) ply. Apart from Kettuvallams, large cruisers and yachts also operate.

The backwaters of Kerala are made up of over 900 km of interconnected waterways, rivers, lakes and inlets. The backwaters of Kerala are marked by a unique ecosystem wherein lagoons, lakes, canals, estuaries and deltas of several rivers meet the Arabian Sea.
While hill resorts and beaches can be found in several parts of India, the backwaters are found only in Kerala. The Kerala backwater tours offer a perfect blend of scenic attractions and tranquility. One can travel on a traditional houseboat and enjoy the beauty of Kerala backwaters which make their way through a number of towns and cities.

Some of the popular destinations for Kerala Backwater tours are:

Kochi is one of the most visited Kerala Backwater destinations. Many backwater cruises begin or end in Cochin. Kerala backwater tourist attractions of Cochin can be enjoyed while staying at hotel or by staying at backwater houseboats while on Kerala backwater tours.

Alappuzha is a district of immemse natural beauty. The best companion for exploring this place is the Kerala backwater houseboat. One can enjoy touring the attraction of Alappuzha in Kerala Backwaters India. Alappuzha is also famous for the Snake Boat Races held every year on Onam festival.

The Kerala backwaters around Kollam, which extend from the Ashthamudi Lake, are mesmerizing. The boat rides on the sun-kissed water scores brownie points with most of the tourists visiting the Kollam backwaters. The splendid town of Kollam is renowned for being the gateway to the beautiful backwaters of Kerala. The backwater tour from Kollam to Alappuzha is the longest backwater tour in Kerala.
 Kerala houseboats the floating palace over the scenic backwaters is one of the major attractions of the state tourism. Today Kerala houseboats and the backwaters contribute in the major draw of tourists from the entire corner of the world. Houseboats in earlier days were used as the means of transportation from one isolated village of Kerala to the other. But with the introduction of modern means of transportation, bridges and well linked roadways, Kerala houseboats lost their importance and slowly disappeared out of the backwaters. But with the time, the country made boats were re-modified and the new wonder slowly catch the attention of the locals and the tourists and today Kerala houseboat, the queen of backwater is the major attraction of tourists in Kerala.
Houseboats and the backwaters combined together to form the major attraction of Kerala backwater tourism whose charm and beauty are beyond imagination. In this world of simple pleasure you will enjoy the traditional beauty of Kerala which is sure to leave you spell bound. The houseboat floating over the silent backwater passes though the meandering pathways beautifully fringed by the swaying coconut trees, paddy fields, terrific ancient temples, rustic village, musical waterfalls filling the gap of the air and natural tranquility. In addition the houseboat are made using eco-friendly material with spacious rooms well furnished by furniture, attached bath, hygienic kitchenette, dining room and sun-deck thatched by palm leaves so that tourists can enjoy the lovely view of the beautiful surrounding of the Kerala backwaters.
Kerala houseboat tours are highly preferred by tourists on their tour to Kerala. The houseboat journey not only offer you to see and explore the blissful ambiance of the surrounding but also offer wonderful opportunity astounding visits on natural beauty that will remains forever in your mind. BBC has named Kerala backwater tours as one of the best 10 journey of lifetime. In addition houseboat backwater tours are much preferred by newly wedded couples on their Kerala honeymoon tours. The candle light dinner, bed of roses and the romantic ambiance of the houseboat provide wonderful opportunity for couples to enjoy intimate together onboard. Truly the wonder of the houseboats and the perfect setting of the scenic pathways make houseboat tours Kerala a remarkable experience of lifetime.

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