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The Backwater and Houseboat Destination of India

By Mahi Manral Subscribe to RSS | February 24th 2012 | Views:

The state of Kerala is located in-between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats. The lush green hills, the mesmerizing backwaters, the legendary houseboats, scented spice hills and the white beaches makes Kerala a must visit place in a lifetime. Kerala is the least corrupted state with 100% literacy rate.

Houseboats Kerala are one of their own kinds. Kerala is a famous backwater destination in India. The Kerala backwaters tours are one of the preferred tour packages of all times. Some famous backwater destinations of Kerala are Cochin, Alleppey, Kumarakom, Kozhikode, Kasargod and Kottayam. These backwater destinations are remarkably beauty and offer tourists to enjoy vacation in Kerala in a pleasant and unforgettable way.

Kerala houseboat tour is an amazing experience. Cochin popularly known as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea” and a natural harbour is an enchanting backwater destination. Cochin is a collection of island on the emerald Vembanad Lake. Alleppey is another backwater destination of the country. The houseboat in Alleppey slowly afloat over the picturesque backwater taking you to the world of passing through the dazzling natural beauty, terrific churches and emerald green paddy fields that offers sight that one can hardly forget.

Kottayam is a beautiful Kerala backwater destination. Famous for three “L” those are lakes, letters and lakes Kottayam is a good place to visit. Kottayam is also known for its toddy tappers. The beautiful Vembanad Lake and its connected backwaters borders Kottayam district on the West. Located in an area of serene natural beauty you’re sure to be captivated by the outlook of its backwaters. Other tourist spots around Kottayam are Ettumanoor Shiva Temple, St Joseph’s Monastery and the Saint Mary Church. You can observe the remarkable temples and churches of Kottayam on a houseboat ride.

A cruise between Alleppey and Kottayam possibly will be an unforgettable experience. You can also take a trip up to Cochin by means of these waterways.

Kerala Backwater Houseboat or Kettuvalloms is a legacy. Kettuvallom means a boat tied up with ropes. In the earlier times these house were used as good carriers. Coconut and spices were taken to the various trading centres in the main land from the villages. Later on these boats were modified into luxury boats for tour purpose. A Kettuvallom is about 67 feet in length with a width of around 13 feet in the middle, narrowed at the end. The boat is made up of local materials which are eco friendly. The main wood used for a boat is from the wild jack tree. Some of the other items used in making houseboats are ropes, bamboo poles, coconut fibre, ropes, bamboo mats and carpets. Present houseboats with fully furnished single room, double room and triple rooms with air condition facilities. A houseboat consists of four bedrooms at the highest.

The name God’s own country is bestowed to Kerala. Visit Kerala and see for yourselves why it is called so... The emerald backwaters, the exotic wildlife, the mesmerizing hills, friendly people and vast cultural diversity, all these compile together to make Kerala a hot tourist destination.

Mahi Manral - About Author:
Mahi is an eminent analyst and writer in Travel & Tours related topics. She has authored many books on Alleppey Houseboats and kumarakom Houseboats. Find more information at

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