Popularly called green paradise and often referred to as ‘Land of Ayurveda’, Kerala is one of the most sought after tourist destination located at south-western part of India. Home to the natural-virgin attractions and delightful ambiance, it is an ideal holidaying destination for them who wish to communicate with nature or prefer to spend some quality time in the lap of mother-nature. It offers every stunning colour of nature to the visitors in the form of invigorating hill stations set on the Western-Ghats, exotic wildlife national parks, picturesque backwaters and pristine beaches fringed with coconut and palm trees.
Due to its natural virgin attractions and delightful ambiance, it has been recently rewarded as one of the ten paradises in the world by National geographical traveller magazine. Not only in terms of natural attractions but it is equally popular for its well-cultured people, alluring culture, fascinating culture and excellent luxurious hotels which are in the form of private villas, bungalows and exotic beach resorts. It is one such state that offers almost every thing to every one. There are so many features of this state but if there is any one thing that one must experience during visiting this state then its thrilling backwater houseboat cruise.
Kerala backwater houseboat cruise has been popular in this state over the years as it takes tourists in the stunning world of water and wonders and leaves them simply awe-struck. Backwaters are the perfect combination of brackish lagoons, lakes, inlets and several rivers which team up together and forms the breathtaking locale and that can be also explored through well-organized houseboats also known as Kettuvallams in traditional language. The major thing of Kerala backwater houseboat cruise that it is completely eco-friendly and doesn’t make any kind of pollution.
The green city of Kerala is gifted with innumerable amazing backwater destinations but none can be explored without well-organized houseboats offers all the contemporary facilities as like any five star hotels and resorts. Initial days or before the advent of roads, houseboats were used as the major source of transportation but later modified with contemporary facilities that include bath-attached rooms, lounge, sun-deck, kitchenette and etc. there are several places of backwaters or in other words Kerala is bestowed with innumerable amazing backwater destinations and among many Kumarakom and Alleppey are the frequently visited by visitors during Kerala houseboat tour with reason.
Kumarakom is popular for its scenic beauty and also mentioned in world famous novel ‘The God of Small Things’ has written by booker prize winner Arundhati Roy. Apart from its scenic backwaters if there is any other thing that draws the attention of visitors then its national bird sanctuary which is home to the innumerable colourful birds and marine animals.
Popularly called the ‘Venice of the East’ Alleppey is another stunning backwater destination where one can go during houseboat cruise. Besides backwaters it is also popular for national snake boat race which is yearly conducted in the memory of former Prime Minister Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru. Kuttanad, Cochin, Trivandrum and etc are the other destinations that one can explore during Kerala houseboat.
Mahi is an eminent analyst and writer in Travel & Tours related topics. She has authored many books on Kumarakom Houseboats and Alleppey Houseboats. Find more information at http://www.houseboats-kerala.org/.