When planning your perfect tour of Kerala, the vast array of wonderful things to see and do will leave you spoilt for choice. However, high on the bucket list of many people visiting this destination is a cruise around the stunning backwaters.
Cruises take place on board a traditional Kettuvallam (houseboat). Kettuvallam is basically translated as ‘boat with knots’ as they are put together without using a single nail! Uniquely designed using local materials such as bamboo poles and coconut fibre ropes, they are beautiful inside and out.
Kerala is known for having some of the most flamboyant houseboats in the world, so as well as the awe inspiring scenery, you are sure to be captivated by the range of intricately designed Kettuvallam floating by!
The Kerala Backwaters
The Kerala Backwaters are a network of interconnected canals, rivers and lakes. Amounting to more than 900 kilometres of waterways, the opportunities for exploring are literally endless. Originally used to transport rice bags, the waterways are crucial as they link remote villages to the mainland. Today, they are also a very popular tourist attraction allowing visitors to explore this beautiful part of the world in a wonderfully relaxed way.
A Typical Tour Experience
Typically, a tour of the Kerala backwaters will begin after breakfast. Your personal driver will transfer you to your Kettuvallam (Houseboat). You will have exclusive use of the luxury houseboat which slowly cruises the backwaters, until sunset, when it anchors for the night. Your boat will have a private balcony with comfortable chairs. Inside, the rooms are well furnished with attached bathrooms and air conditioning (which functions during sleeping hours). The boat will have a fully equipped kitchen and an experienced cook to prepare authentic Kerala cuisine. So once aboard, all you need do is relax and enjoy this unforgettable cruise experience.
It is no wonder that so many visitors to Kerala plan a Kettuvallam cruise into their itinerary. For us, it really is a ‘must do’ activity allowing you to immerse yourself in a landscape and culture that you wont find anywhere else in the world.