A houseboat holiday in Kerala is increasingly becoming popular with domestic and international tourists. Consequently, the increasing number of houseboats plying in the backwaters has multiplied in numbers. In such a situation there is an urgent need to evaluate the safety and service standards of houseboats and classify them accordingly as per established standards. This stand was adopted as the first step by the Kerala Government towards sustaining tourism activity.
Houseboats fulfilling these essential conditions are prescribed by the Department of Tourism and an additional five of the ten optional conditions will be awarded the status of Gold Star / Deluxe houseboats.
Houseboat Operator generally fulfilling the essential conditions will be awarded the Silver Star.