Anyone who has been to the backwaters of Kerala would certainly have a lot to boast about their experiences in the houseboats. Houseboats in Kerala can be be found only at the backwaters where they can enjoy the cruise and stay at the boats overnight.
Houseboats, also known as ‘kettuvallam’, were earlier the only means of transport from these isolated villages to the cities nearby. Later, tourists started frequenting the place to have a first-hand experience of the cruises. Today houseboats contribute a major part to the revenue from the Kerala tourism. You can have a tour in these houseboats at Alleppey, Kollam, Kumarakom and Poovar.
The homely set-up of a houseboat gives you the luxury of an elite resort and the comfort of your home right amidst the backwaters where all you can see throughout is water and the greenery of Kerala. Doesn’t that sound exciting?
Houseboats vary in their shapes and amenities. There are houseboats for budget-conscious locals as well as the ones that take you to the height of luxury. Some of the varieties of houseboats are the Chundan, Veppu vallom, Iruttukutty, Churulan, etc.
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Some of the well-known organizers of houseboats are the Rainbow Cruises, the River Escapes, the Lakes & Lagoons, the River & Country and the Dreamboats among the rest.