What is a Kerala Houseboat?

A Houseboat is not like a hotel or resort. It is an entirely different concept and unique in style.
Kerala has a wide range of water bodies including 44 rivers, numerous sub streams, 34 lakes out of which 7 are inland freshwater lakes, 600 kms long sea shore. Traditionally, people living in and around these water bodies used to live in boats with families for the ease of traveling, livelihood etc.
Modern day houseboats in Kerala are aimed to make a tourist feel the real pulse of this unique lifestyle. The beauty of Kerala’s backwaters, rivers and the greenery in their surroundings make this an everlasting memory for any traveler.
Houseboats cruises through the backwaters and rivers during day time and halts at night time. All food during the trip will be served on board. Normally, traditional local cuisine will be provided but the traveler shall pre order some other cuisine also.
Modern day houseboats are equipped with maximum interior facilities to accommodate international travelers. Every traveler must be aware about the limitations a moving boat has when compared to a resort.
Houseboat shall be categorized as: Deluxe, Premium, Luxury and Super Luxury.
Deluxe being the basic boats with all decent in house facilities like bedroom, kitchen, attached bathroom with modern amenities, living area etc. A/C will be operated in bedroom during night only.
Premium boats will operate A/C all the time during the cruise. Interior Quality and Food menu will be slightly better.
Luxury houseboats will be completely Glass covered boats with full time A/C and interiors similar to a premium resort.
Super Luxury houseboats comes with the best luxurious interiors and the most costly ones.
Major houseboat operating sectors are Alleppey and Kumarakom. Both towns being located on opposite shores of Venbanad Lake. Currently, An approximate of 1200 houseboats from 1 bedroom to 11 bedrooms are available with a cruise options of a day cruise or an overnight cruise. Day cruise will be charged per hour where maximum occupancy is possible. It is suitable for large family, group tours, corporate tours etc.
Overnight stay gives the best experience of a houseboat cruise, with check in at 12.30 pm, DAY 1 and checkout at 09.00 am DAY 2.

A houseboat shall be booked online through various portals or a genuine Travel Agent/Tour Operator or even directly approaching any Houseboat owners. Best recommended way is to book through a credible Tour Operator where you will get the best rates and well maintained Houseboats that suites your requirements.
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