Kerala Beaches Houseboats
Traditionally, the houseboat was called Kettuvallam, which means a boat made by tying together pieces of wood. Unbelievable as it may sound, not a single nail is used in the making of a Kettuvallam. Anjili tree (Botanical name: Artocarpus Hirsutus) are joined together with coir rope and then coated with black resin made from boiled cashew nut shells. The materials that go into the making are all local and Eco friendly bamboo poles, coconut fiber ropes, bamboo mats, coir carpets etc These traditional country boats were used as the mode of transport in the early times from the
isolated interior villages to the towns. But these boat services have been laid off with the developments taken place in the transport services in the recent past. Today these giant 80-foot long crafts have been adapted into luxuriously furnished houseboats. A Kettuvallam usually has one or two bath attached rooms, an open lounge, deck, kitchenette and a crew comprising two oarsmen and a cook. Traditional lanterns are used as lights. Your holiday in this tranquil world is the comfortably furnished houseboats. Come, check into a houseboat for a memorable cruise along the backwaters of Kerala.
A cruise along the palm-fringed waterways of Kerala in a luxury houseboat is the most enchanting holiday experience in India today. In this world of simple pleasures, you will skim past ancient Chinese fishing nets, water lilies, lush paddy fields, coir villages, rustic homes, temples and coconut groves. A guided tour down the backwaters would provide you with a complete and most enchanting experience on the back waters of Kerala and will also reveal to you some interesting facts about the life of local village people. There is a Kerala that lives along these backwaters throbbing with its own unique culture .For you, as a visitor to Kerala it can be incredibly different experience just floating this backwaters in a country craft and absorbing unusual representation.
The Houseboats / Kettuvallams of Kerala are giant country crafts, measuring up to 80 feet in length, retrieved from being lost to the State altogether. Once these houseboats / Kettuvallams ruled the backwaters, poled along by one or two men, heavily loaded with rice, coconut and other commodities. But in the recent times, the Kettuvallams or rice-barges have been replaced by more and modern modes of transport, relegating them to neglect and decay
Kerala Beach Holidays
Duration: 06 Days / 05 Nights
Destinations Covered: Trivanduram, Kovalam, Varkala, Alleppey, Cochin
Day 01 : Trivanduram – Kovalam (16km – 30mints)
On Arrival at Trivanduram Airport/ Railway station you will be welcomed by our tour representative board the cab and drive to Kovalam. Thirty years ago, Kovalam was a hippy idyll: a picture perfect tropical beach; a traditional fishing village providing fresh fish, fruits and toddy (coconut beer). Today it is one of the world famous tourist destinations for Beach lovers. Kovalam was brought to the public eye by the Maharaja of Travancore .On arrival Kovalam transferred to beach resort rest of the day is at leisure to relax on the beach shore and you can make use of resort facilities, Swimming pool, Health club, out door and indoor games and you can also take a Ayurveda Massage at resort and over night stay at resort .
Day 02 : Kovalam
Morning have breakfast at resort and later move out for a local tour of Kovalam and Trivanduram visit covering Museum complex, Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Science & Technology museum, Veli tourist village, Aakulam boat club, Shangmugham Beach. And over night stay at Kovalam beach resort.
Day 03 : Kovalam – Varkala (70kms – 1hrs)
Morning have breakfast at resort and later check out resort and drive to Varkala. Varkala is one of the famous beach destination of Kerala On arrival check in resort .afternoon proceed for a local tour of Varkala Varkala is a sacred pilgrimage center in Kerala is called the 'Kashi of the South'. The Janardhana Temple is 800-year-old historic temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappan and Lord Hanuman. There is a mineral water spring near the beach, which is believed to have medicinal properties. The waters at Varkala Beach are considered to be holy and a dip in the water is said to wash off all the sins of the body and soul of a human. Therefore the beach is also known as the Papanashini Beach. rest of the day is at leisure and over night stay at Varkala .
Day 04 : Varkala – Alleppey (130km – 2hrs)
Morning after breakfast check out Varkala beach resort and drive to Alleppey on arrival transfer to deluxe houseboat to enjoy the 2 hours of backwater cruise from Alleppey to Kumarakom . House boat boarding time is 12.00 noon and check out time is 9.10am next day This journey is considered to be one of the best attractions. The house boat is fully furnished with single and double bedrooms, sundeck, private balcony and a kitchen. It also comprises a chef, Oarsmen & cabin assistant. The materials that go into the making are all local and Eco friendly bamboo poles, coconut fiber ropes, bamboo mats, coir carpets etc. Over night stay at House boat .
Day 05 : House Boat – Cochin (60km – 1hrs)
Morning have mouthwatering breakfast at house boat check out house boat by 9.30am and drive to Cochin on arrival check in hotel .Afternoon proceed for a local tour of Cochin .You will be transferred to Cochin Harbour to board a speed boat which takes you to the gate way of the Arabian Sea .On arrival fort Cochin transfer to the island and proceed for a local tour which covers Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church, Chinese Fishing nets .Evening return back to Cochin Harbour evening visit Cochin beach and 6.30pm proceed for a Kathakali show Kerala's own classical dance drama program later return back to hotel and over night stay at Cochin .
Day 06 : Cochin
Free day at Cochin hotel and as per your Flight/Train schedule you will be transferred to Cochin Airport/.Railway station to return back home with happy memories .