SPICE COAST HOUSEBOAT CRUISES, Kumarakom backwaters
The Spice Coast Cruises – One pauses for breath at the mouth of the Kavanar River, one of the many that feed the mighty Vembanad Lake. With a few tweaks to the hull, partitioned bedrooms and all the modern conveniences added, we’ve converted these ‘Kettuvalloms’ as they are called, into elegant floating homes that cruise the inland sea of the Vembanad in Kumarakom. Made completely from natural materials, the boats are powered by solar energy and vegetable oil. Canopies of cane and rattan blend into coir-matted decks creating a warm, natural ambience that’s almost entirely hand-crafted.
With it’s cane and rope awnings flying rakishly, its silent hull gliding past as if on wings of air, a houseboat seems to do more than just belong to this world of palms and water. It seems to have been birthed from it.
Lounging on a deck chair, moving gently, immersed in a rippling , scented silence. Can there be better ways to explore a new world than this? Once, these houseboats were barges, transporting rice along the large and intricate network of lakes and canals that cover the central part of the state of Kerala. Now these rice barges offer Kerala traditional houseboat tours in the backwaters of Kerala.
Jan – Mar – cool, dry
April – May – Summer
June – August – Monsoon
Sept – Dec – pleasant, dry
NEAREST AIRPORT :
Cochin (Kochi) international airport
travel time – 120 mins
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