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House Boats of Kerala, India
The quietly sailing houseboat through the emerald waterways and backwaters, is a frequent sight in Kerala these days. The towns such as Kovalam, Kollam, Kumarakom, Kayamkulam, Alleppey and Cochin have access to the serine beauty of the Kerala backwaters. A typical Kerala houseboats normally carry 5 to 15 passengers which will sail through the backwaters and will anchor at predetermined locations at night. The delicious Kerala food made from the fresh catches during the trip will provide the visitors a local flavor and unforgettable experience. The trip will be through a predetermined route for a day or two. Overnight cruise is also arranged by many operators for people who want to spend a quite night on board the houseboat. These houseboat tours are now a major attraction for any visitors who arrive in Kerala these days. Click here for an article on the Back Water Tourism in Kerala.
A typical house boat is large in size with some more than 80 feet in length and has all the facilities you can expect including a full fledged Bedroom, bathrooms, dining space, and deck space. It is made of wood with bamboo and coir used extensively to make the interior spaces. It is equipped with all essential amenities with support staff, cook and the driver. More recent additions are Jacuzzi's and health care items. Besides Jacuzzi, Aroma Therapy and Floral bath are other attractions offered by many Cruises. Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) run the Houseboat services on its own along with many private parties running smilar service across almost all backwaters of Kerala. A Houseboat trip is a must enjoy item while you are in Kerala! It is an absolutely wonderful, unforgettable experience! A typical houseboat for a night will cost about US$ 250.