Centuries old back waters in Kerala has become the new tourist attraction in India, after the tourist paradise Kashmir went into the threat of militant attacks. A glide in a "Kettuvallom" (Houseboat) is sure to rob your heart.
Talking of a Kettuvallam ride, The National Geographic Traveler says, "It is astonishingly romantic to watch the sunset from one kettuvallam among several, while the three boatmen hang lanterns and a pearly glow fades behind the scrim of palms... Waking at dawn, we find ourselves surrounded by hundreds of fishermen's skiffs on immense Vembanad Lake. It’s like time travel into a quiet morning of another century."
A cruise along the palm-fringed waterways of Kerala in a luxury houseboat is the most enchanting holiday experience in India today. In this world of simple pleasures, you will skim past water lilies, lush paddy fields, coir villages, rustic homes, temples and coconut groves. A guided tour down the backwaters would provide you with a complete and most enchanting experience on the backwaters of Kerala and will also reveal to you some interesting facts about the life of local village people. There is a Kerala that lives along these backwaters throbbing with its own unique culture. For you, as a visitor to Kerala it can be incredibly different experience just floating this backwaters in a country craft and absorbing unusual representation.
When you are on houseboat you can do fishing and swim at certain places. Typical Kerala food and beverages are arranged in houseboat, you can’t stop licking your fingers after a delicious feast. You can also experience Kuttanadan food with coconut spirit (sweet toddy) from toddy shop on your sail. Both day cruise and night cruise through the lake is exciting one which never sweep from your memories.