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Kerala is a 365-day tourist destination - thanks to its widespread channels of backwaters, golden beaches and breathtaking landscapes. A perfect way to enjoy the backwater world is through a number of Kerala backwater cruises that take you around on memorable trips on board...
luxury backwater cruises
On a backwater cruise on a country boat, you not only get to face the backwater life of Kerala, but you can also enjoy invigorating massages provided to you in the boat house to make you feel really rejuvenated and relaxed after a round in the country boat. In addition to backwaters...
vembanad lake backwater cruise
The major backwater stretch is in Alleppey district, where a network of rivers and canals empty into the great expanse of water called Vembanad Lake .Kumarakom 16 km from Kottayam town (District), Vembanad Lake, an enchanting picnic spot and a fast developing backwater tourism destination...

Luxury Backwater Tours/Houseboat Cruises In Kerala

Luxury backwater Kerala houseboat tour is a great way of spending your holidays in the state. The splendid sunsets, waxing moonlights, shoals of ducks, pulsating palms and the wonderful waves beckon the tourist to take a dream trip down the backwater destinations in kaleidoscopic Kerala.
Some of the common backwater routes
houseboats in Aleppey
A major attraction of Backwater cruise is the Alappuzha Round trip or Kuttanad -An ideal spot for a house boat cruise. This exquisite backwater area is rich in natural beauty and enchanting greenery spread all around the backwaters, as either side of the river edge sprouts with the gentle surfing of the coconut palms.
You can mirror the still images of gods own country and watch tree branches bending precariously over the water before they shoot up skywards which is a mesmerizing and a sight to be behold.
The major attraction in this area is the Kuttanadu Paddy Field where the farming takes place below the sea level. The 11th century old Lord Buddha Statue 'Karumadikuttan' is also near Alleppey. On this cruise you can enjoy the real village life and its scenic beauty. There are no crocodiles or any dangerous creatures in the Lake or the Canals. Alappuzha is the also called 'Venice of East'. The night halt is within the lake and you are safe from mosquitoes and pollution.
The District of Kottayam has a vast network of rivers, backwaters, ancient religious places, and hill stations. Some of the noted tourist places here are The Vembanad Lake - a large expanse of water which is a part of the interconnected Kerala Backwaters that virtually run the entire length of the state. The Vembanad Lake is 83.72 km in length and 14.48 km in width. Traditional cargo boats called Kettuvallams which are modified into luxurious cruise boats and house boats are found here. These boats gracefully move around the back waters, providing excellent facilities to tourist who enjoy the beauty of the Vembanad Lake in its relaxed pace. Pathiramanal (the midnight sands) is located in the Vembanad Lake which is a small beautiful island. This island is accessible only by boat.
Kumarakom Resorts, located on the Coast of Vembanad Lake, is a beautiful village stocked with divine mangroves and coconut groves, lush green paddy fields and gushing waters snaking through the dense forests. Kumarakom bird sanctuary is home to a score of migratory birds like the Siberian stork, Egret, Darter, Heron and Teal. Local birds like the Water Fowl, Cuckoo, Owl and Water Hen and other common varieties like the Woodpecker, Sky Lark, Crane and Parrots can also be spotted here. 91 species of local and 50 species of migratory birds are found in this region. The best time to watch local birds is June-August and the best time for to watch migratory birds is November-February.
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vembanad lake backwater cruise
Kumarakom is famous for its bird sanctuary and one of the finest backwaters in Kerala Backwaters next to Alleppey. Just a 2 hours cruise from Alleppey you can reach Kumarakom. A similar stretch of backwaters can be viewed at Kumarakom. There are many luxury Resorts situated on the banks of Vembanad Lake at Kumarakom. Major attractions in this area are Villages and Resorts which can be watched during the cruise. This place is best suited for long stays. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is an ornithologist’s paradise. Pathiramanal is another attraction near Kumarakom.
This route is a combination of cruises around the Alleppey Backwaters and Kumarakom Resorts. You can enjoy the this trip to the maximum as it cruises around the villages, farm fields, Resorts and Bird sanctuary and other places of interest which are specially designed and included. You can explore Kuttanad - the rice bowl of Kerala situated at Alleppey and Kumarakom resorts in a single backwater houseboat cruise.
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houseboats in alleppey to alumkadavu
This is an eight hour trip between Kollam and Alappuzha and also is the longest backwater cruise in Kerala. In this trip the entire backwater areas are covered as such the leisure time is less. Half the journey time will be completed cruising and on the second day you would reach Kollam. Entry to house boats is restricted to some areas due to insufficient space within the canals. Alumkadavu is the destination and it is near Kollam (approx.21 kms). This one way backwater cruise's major attractions are paddy fields coir village, Karumadikuttan, Kumarakodi, Matha Amrithamanadha Mayi Ashram at Vallikavu. The same trip can be hired for 2 days and 2 Nights as well, and then you can enjoy the trip to the maximum.
Similar to the above this is also an eight hour trip between Kollam and Alappuzha which is by far the longest backwater cruise in Kerala. In this trip the entire backwater area is covered during the day and thereby the leisure time is reduced. Half the way you will be cruising through the waters and on the second day you reach Kollam. Entry points to house boats is restricted to some areas because of no the insufficient space for within Canals. Alumkadavu is the destination near Kollam (which is about 21 kms). This one way backwater cruise's major attractions are paddy fields coir village, Karumadikuttan, Kumarakodi, Matha Amrithamanadha Mayi Ashram at Vallikavu. The same trip can be hired for 2 days and 2 Nights as well, and then you can enjoy your cruise to the maximum..
houseboats in alleppey to kolllam
house boat cruise from Alleppey to Kochi
You can also opt for a house boat cruise from Alleppey to Kochi. En route the places of interest are paddy fields, Pathiramanal, Kumarakom bird sanctuary and picturesque villages. The Kochi Destination is Eda kochi (12 Km.) One the way there is a bund which separates the sea water and lake water. On choosing this one day - night trip you can enjoy both Village -City life. It would be a bit boring route because you will not be able to enjoy the scenic beauty of backwaters in full. This route is within the middle of the Vembanad Lake.

Backwater Cruise Do’s & Don’ts

Do’s:
During the months of March, April & May book your boat as Air condition.
Air condition in rooms will be produced only during night (8 pm -7 am)
Three Crew members will be sailing with you. Cook, Captain and a Guide. If you require any information get them from the Guide.
Try to wear cotton light dress on cruise; it can avoid humidity during summer time. (March, April, May)
Since Kerala’s climate is largely tropical, carry loose fitting cottons clothes, sunglasses and sun block lotions
Evening Oil body massage will rejuvenate your body; you will get this facility from the backwater village
Main hotels, restaurants, main houseboat operators and shopping centers honor major Credit Cards
Carry some pens / Chocolates with you for supplying to the backwater village children’s, if you can, don't give any money
Distilled water provided abroad the boat is purified and quite safe to drink.
Houseboat foods are preparing in the Kerala style, so you should be order to the chef about your requirements. (Spices or Less Spice)
There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency that visitors can carry.
Kerala style dress stitching can be made on some homes near backwater, evening you can order stitching
Don’ts:
Temples : Some temples restrict entry of non- Hindus
Use plastic bottles and covers through into the backwater, use dust bin
During halts - Avoid touts and brokers of shop keeper’s advice, call directly and clear the doubts
Don’t throw Sanitary Napkins& Condoms into the toilet. Use the dustbin.
It is not advisable to drink water from slow moving streams; lakes and dams. Bottle water is available.
Don't wear bikini types of dress where traveling to backwater villages, when visiting inside Hindu, church places of worship avoid footwear
Important Notes:
Most banks are open for transaction from 1000 – 1530 hrs except Saturdays
You can reach the police or contactable by dialing 100 and the fire & rescue team and ambulance services respond to 101
Emergency numbers during Travel :
Highways : 9846100100
In Trains: 9846200100
General Emergency numbers :
Police control room: 100;
Fire Station: 101;
Ambulance: 101
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