Houseboats are familiar sights in and around Kerala. They are a renowned source of leisure and business in the backwaters of the state of the Gods. Present day houseboats are reworked version of kettuvallams of olden times that were used to carry tons of rice and spices. In old times, a part of the boat was covered with bamboo and coir to serve as a restroom and kitchen for the crew. Meals would often be supplemented with the fish from the backwaters. When the modes of transport improved and moved from these boats to more advanced conveyances, the boats were taken by the tourism sector and used for better purposes.
Today, the houseboats have been modified to replicate the comfort of a good hotel. From furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, cozy living rooms, a kitchen to even a balcony, the houseboat is complete for cruising in the backwaters. Kumarakom is a famous tourism city set in the backdrop of the largest freshwater lake in the state of Kerala, Vembanad Lake. While planning a trip to Kumarakom, you could land at the nearest airport- Trivandrum and take a cab to the resort/hotel/houseboat you’re staying at.
Next step is to book a luxurious houseboat to complete your Rejuvenating Vacation. There are different varieties of Kerala houseboats in Kumarakom that come under various shapes and sizes. They fall under several categories : A/C, Deluxe, Luxury and Ultra Luxury. It is recommended to stick to a luxurious houseboat, provided you have the means to book one, as it is important for you to break from your routine to refresh yourself. And the best way to do so, is by indulging in the pleasures of luxury. On the houseboat, you have a variety of experiences to take back. The foremost being the experience of sailing across the waters of the south, especially in the monsoon season when the sky is dawning upon the water body you’re floating upon. Then you could experience different activities, from rowing to fishing and farming on the banks.
The serene beauty of nature is surely going to surprise you every second of your voyage! The crew is ready to ensure a convenient stay for you while you relax and enjoy the Luxurious Treatment. A room or two would suffice for your slumber needs and there is a spacious deck which would offer your eyes and mind a soulful retreat. Though there are options of booking a house boat for short intervals, it is preferable to take up the experience for at least a night to relax and rejuvenate, moreover, to enjoy it to its best capacity.
A day or two on the houseboat offers a magnificent encounter with the lush green vegetation and the picturesque Backwaters of Kerala. It is a perfect alternative to a hectic city schedule and eases away stress as fast as multiple bars of chocolate would. If not a luxurious/ultra luxurious boats, you could take one tailored to your pocket to enjoy your vacation. Or an eco friendly houseboat, for that matter. There’s one for everyone!