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Houseboat Holidays.


External view of Houseboat.

Sitting and dining area.

Twin/double bedroom.

The Kerala Backwaters (the stretch in Kerala from Quilon (Kollam being the Keralan name) - Cochin (Kochi) is the Kuttanad region and is one of the most beautiful regions in the whole of India. It is a network of rivers, streams, canals and lagoons that occupy the alluvial plain between the Indian Ocean and the Western ghats. In a trip along this region, you can view: village life in narrow strips of land (either side of the canals); waterside activities of coir making, fishing, toddy tapping, rice making along the strips of land lined with coconut trees.
There are many trips along the backwaters. Some of the major points which act as excellent bases for the Kerala Backwaters are: Allepey (Allapuzha); Kumarakom; Cochin (Kochi); Quilon (Kollam). There is no better way of seeing the beauty of this region other than travelling by boats. You can either go in traditional punted boats or motorized ferries. You can also stay in traditional Keralan upmarket hotels such as Coconut Lagoon and see the backwaters by motor boat. Alternativley, for a completely different experience cruise the backwaters in a in a traditional Keralan houseboats made out of coir and wood and spend the nights on board (details given below)

Keralan Houseboats


The houseboats are a wonderful way of viewing the Backwaters region and a very relaxing experience, after the rigours of travel in India. Mornings and evenings (especially during sunrise and sunset) with the houseboat parked in the centre of the Lake and hearing the natural sounds of birds, animals and local villagers is a memorable experience. You can even have single apartment houseboats where 2 persons have the whole boat to themselves. Thus complete independence. You can stop the houseboat at any time for taking photographs. You can either spend one night in a houseboat or spend 3 night's cruising the backwaters and also try to fit in a visit to a coir making factory en-route. The houseboats are not like luxury hotels but you have the luxury of your own private boat. The houseboats are made out of coir and wood. One extremely good addition to the trip would be a visit to the coir factory and view coir making which is an essential part of the construction of the houseboat. The boat has a private cook who can cook traditional food on board, an oarsman to take you along the backwaters. Houseboat stays are on a full board basis inclusive of boat cruises. Each houseboat has a private sitting area, a private double or twin bedroom and attached shower/toilet facility. For those planning to go for more than 2 nights could have the luxury of adding extras to their trips such as: cookery course on selected keralan dishes in the small kitchenette on the back of the houseboat; line-pole fishing in the calm waters and having the catch cooked for you by the houseboat cooks.


We have categorized the houseboats into 3 types. They are standard NAC houseboat, NAC superior houseboat and superiorAC houseboats. In terms of look and design both houseboats are the same. There may be marginal quality differences.
  • Standard NAC houseboats do not have a motor. Boats are moved by barging. Technically more traditional in keeping with oldern times where the boats were used as a traditional transport service for trade. Perfectly, good if used for short distances (eg: Allepey cruising for one night only). Unsuitable for longer distances or longer periods. These are being phased out.
  • Superior NAC houseboats have a motor. Ideal if you wish to use the houseboat to get quickly to the most scenic points and then slow the boats where the scenery is more beautiful. Meals may have a greater variety.
  • Superior AC Houseboats have a motor and have air conditioning in the bedrooms. Particularly good if you are travelling in the spring / autumn and summer times (Sep - Nov and Mar - early June). Late Jun - August is the monsoon times. During this time, you may prefer to stay at hotels rather than houseboats. Note: Air conditioning is switched on using a generator during sleeping time: 2100 hrs - 0600 hrs.



Suggested houseboat holidays are as below:-

Alleppey - Alleppey (Two Night s Tour)
Check in the houseboat at Alleppey, cruise through pallathuruthi, kanjipadam, karumadikuttan-1000 years Budha temple, snake boat sight seeing, video show of snakeboat race t, visit 400 year old Champakulam church, nedumudi- local market, moonattin mukam - 3 river meeting, island temples, vattakayal - round lake, thathampally lake, check out at Alleppey.

Cost in £'s per person on a twin share basis (Prices are valid for conclusion by 29 Sep 2015).

Single Apartment AC Houseboat £ 118

Cost Includes: stay on a full board basis inclusive of boat cruises in & around Allepey as mentioned above.
Cost Excludes: mineral water & personal drinks on board houseboat; entrance fees to monument if applicable.
Note: Prices are valid for trip conclusion by 30 Sep 2015. There is likely to be a peak season supplement for travel dates which fall between 15 Dec 2014 - 20 Jan 2015 & 01 - 28 Feb 2015.

Alleppey - Kumarakom-Alleppey (Three Night s Tour)
Check in the houseboat at Alleppey, Vembanad lake- biigest fresh water lake, Pathiramanal island- only thick green forst, r,c,block islands- islands made by Muriken, cruise through pallathuruthi, kanjipadam, karumadikuttan-1000 years Budha temple, snake boat sight seeing, video show of snakeboat race t, visit 400 year old Champakulam church, nedumudi- local market, moonattin mukam - 3 river meeting, island temples, vattakayal - round lake, thathampally lake, check out at Alleppey.
Day time for todday tapping, fishing with fisher man (additional tips to fishermen to be paid directly), backwater mussile collecting (additional tips to be paid directly).

Cost Includes: stay on a full board basis inclusive of boat cruises in & around Allepey/Kumarakom as mentioned above.
Cost Excludes: mineral water & personal drinks on board houseboat; entrance fees to monument if applicable; tips to fishermen for night fishing & to locals for mussile collecting.
Note: Prices are valid for trip conclusion by 30 Sep 2015. There is likely to be a peak season supplement for travel dates which fall between 15 Dec 2014 - 20 Jan 2015 & 01 - 28 Feb 2015.


Cost in £'s per person on a twin share basis (Prices are valid for conclusion by 29 Sep 2015).

Single Apartment AC Houseboat £ 175

Alleppey - Alleppey (Five Night s Tour)
Check in the houseboat at Alleppey, Vembanad lake- biigest fresh water lake, Pathiramanal island- only thick green forst, r,c,block islands- islands made by Muriken,cruise through pallathuruthi, kanjipadam, Edathuva - old church- real backwater villages-not boat trafic on these routes,Thrikunnapuzha coir village-see the coir making, karumadikuttan-1000 years Budha temple, snake boat sight seeing, video show of snakeboat race t, visit 400 year old Champakulam church, nedumudi- local market, moonattin mukam - 3 river meeting, island temples, vattakayal - round lake, thathampally lake, check out at Alleppey.
Day time for todday tapping, fishing with fisher man (additional tips to fishermen to be paid locally), backwater mussile collecting (additional tips to be paid locally), canoing through the villages, swimming, backwater village walk, coir making village,one night dinner at local backwater family,learn cooking.


Note: Prices are valid for trip conclusion by 30 Sep 2015. There is likely to be a peak season supplement for travel dates which fall between 15 Dec 2014 - 20 Jan 2015 & 01 - 28 Feb 2015.

Cost in £'s per person on a twin share basis (Prices are valid for conclusion by 29 Sep 2015).

Single Apartment AC Houseboat £ 299


Cost Includes: stay on a full board basis inclusive of boat cruises in & around Allepey as mentioned above.
Cost Excludes: mineral water & personal drinks on board houseboat; entrance fees to monument if applicable; tips to fishermen for night fishing & to locals for mussile collecting.
Note: Prices are valid for trip conclusion by 30 Sep 2015. There is likely to be a peak season supplement for travel dates which fall between 15 Dec 2014 - 20 Jan 2015 & 01 - 28 Feb 2015.

Rates given above are based on standard rooms on a twin share basis. If you require costing based on single rooms or triple rooms or superior rooms at the properties, please email us and we shall get back to you with a costing.

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