Houseboats in Kerala, south India, are huge, slow-moving barges used for leisure trips. They are a reworked model of Kettuvallams (in the Malayalam language, Kettu means "tied with ropes", andvallam means "boat"), which, in earlier times, were used to carry rice and spices from Kuttanad to the Kochi port. Kerala houseboats were considered a convenient means of transportation.
The popularity of Kettuvallams has returned in the function as major tourist attractions.
Such a houseboat is about 60 to 120 feet (18 to 36 m) long and about 15 feet (4.6 m) wide at the middle. The hull is made of wooden planks that are held together by ropes of coconut fiber; the usual wood is 'Anjili'. The roof is made of bamboo poles and palm leaves. The exterior of the boat is painted with protective coats of cashew nut oil.
Referred to as 'Venice of the East', Alappuzha (Alleppey) is a land gifted by nature. Lakes, lagoons and freshwater rivers criss-crossing the district makes it literally a water world. Alappuzha is a major backwater tourism destination.
A cruise through the scenic expanses of backwaters is a not-to-miss experience for travellers. For an adrenalin rush, speed boat cruise is a good option.
If you are cherishing the idea of spending your vacations with the green beauty, then step into a country boat and you get a pleasure cruise through the narrow canals. The backwater beauty is depends on the narrow canals.
To enjoy the wide varieties of sceneries and freshness of narrow canals we want take a canoe trip. This trip will explain every eye of the narrow canals in the backwater. While cruising through these canals in a canoe boat we would come across many interesting aspects of day to day life in the land as well as on water. We can see the flourishing paddy fields, coconut lagoons & isolated islands. We can also enjoy the lifestyles of the villagers while walking through the paddy fields. During the cruises we would also be able to check out the procedure involved in fishing & shepherding ducks to new pastures.
Kerala's waterways – widely known as the 'backwaters' has been described as a "must-see" by countless magazines and travelers. The original kayaking outfit in Alleppey, we offer excellent guided kayaking trips through narrow backwater canals.
As houseboats are only allowed on the major backwaters, river kayaking is a good way to begin an introduction to Kerala's waters. This is also an excellent opportunity to see village life at close quarters - the local people engaged in farming, fishing, duck rearing and toddy tapping or just relaxing.
Shikara –is a traditional motorized canoe with its roof covered.However all the sides are open and there are luxurious reclining seats.It is just a miniature form of houseboat .It allows a close watch through the backwaters of Alappuzha.
Even when the temperature is high,the journey on a shikara through the backwaters is relaxing as the breeze is cool. You can truly enjoy your ride by a shikara through the narrow deep canals which is not possible in a houseboat ride.
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