he Backwaters of Kerala are a bewildering maze of lagoons, lakes, canals, estuaries, and the deltas of forty-four rivers draining into Arabian Sea. Found nowhere else except Kerala, this unique
product is a self-supporting eco-system teeming with aquatic life. Plying the 900 km stretch are ferries, canoes, large country crafts carrying goods, passenger boats rowing children to school and people to work. Almost every household along the backwaters has its own little canoe, which even a young child can use for short journeys. However the most exotic thing on these waterways is the Kettuvallom (houseboat) that offers an entirely enchanting

A large luxurious Houseboat

experience.

The Kettuvalloms (houseboats) of Kerala, a unique heritage of the land, are giant country crafts,
Relaxing on a House Boat measuring up to 80 feet in length. It took great skill & meticulousness to construct these giants by tying huge planks of jack wood together, without the use of a single nail.

Before road & rail taking over a major chunk of transportations activities, these boats were in use as goods carriers of the Backwater country. With the development of Eco tourism and the promotion of cultural ethos of the land, these goods carriers were
retrieved and modified into a most exciting tourism product in India, the luxuriously furnished
houseboats that would give the visitor first hand experience of a unique destination.

A Kettuvallom (houseboat) is comfortably furnished with an open lounge, one or two bath attached bedrooms and a kitchenette. The boat crew comprises oarsmen, a cook, and guide.

In a land as water-bound as Kerala it wouldn't be an unusual sight, 

Sailing a boat is an integral part of daily routine of the people, living in villages near to the Backwaters

but for a visitor to God's Own Country a houseboat gliding along the vast green expanse of the
Sailing of a Houseboat on Backwaters backwaters is the most amazing spectacle in the world. Even more fascinating is a holiday in the houseboats of Kerala.

So, what are you waiting for? Come and check in these mobile luxurious apartments and explore the exotic world of Backwaters. This most enchanting journey of your life enables you to see from very close the laidback & peaceful life of backwater villages, lying along the winding green waterways. The journey takes you past lush paddy fields, ancient temples, churches, mosques, coir
villages, schools, fishing villages and a lifestyle unlike any other in the world. On the narrow strips of land, you will see fisherman fishing, children swimming and playing in the water, women doing their daily chores, mobile shops in tiny canoes, the cultivation of paddy and it's harvesting (during harvest season), huge country barges ferrying the coconuts, rice,  coir etc.

You can stop at some of these villages where cultural performances are specially arranged for you, or just drift along watching them from your boat. On the way you can fish for you dinner, which the cook on the houseboat will prepare for you. Where the waterway is wide, the only sign of life you will see on the green and blue expanse of silk are an occasional kingfisher diving for lunch or inquisitive little fish playing peak-a-boo.

Snake Boat Race Competition, which is held every year on Backwaters on the day of Onam  (Famous Fesitval of Kerala)

 

USEFUL INFORMATION

Getting there & away

The major towns along the vast stretch of Backwaters are Cochin, Alappuzha, Kumarakom, and Kollam, which are connected by road with other major towns of Kerala.
Nearest airhead- Cochin
Nearest railhead- Ernakulam.

Further Connections

Periyar, Munnar, Thrissur, Kozhikode, Varkala, Trivandrum, Kovalam.

Temperature

Because of the tropical climate, temperature remains almost the same (25-30 degrees Celsius) throughout the year. From May to September, it rains heavily.

Best time to visit

From October till March.

TOURS TO BACKWATERS OF KERALA

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