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Kerala Houseboat Undertaking

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Our Specialties

We provide all kinds of houseboats which matches your wallet

1 Night Houseboat Cruise

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2 Night Houseboat Cruise

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3 Night Houseboat Cruise

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Luxury Kerala Houseboats

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Alappuzha Backwater Cruise

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Kumarakom Backwater Cruise

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Why choose Us.

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Our Mission.

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What we Do.

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Kettuvallam

Kerala Houseboat

Kettuvallam is a house boat widely used in the Indian state of Kerala. These have thatched roof covers over wooden hulls. The traditional kettuvallam is mainly used for promoting Kerala tourism

In the Malayalam language "kettu" means "to tie" and “vallam” means boat – the two together make the local name "kettuvallam”. Each houseboat is constructed using the ancient principles and techniques of boat building by the local carpenters using 'Anjili' wood. Coir ropes are used for tightening the wooden planks together

A kettuvallam is about 67 feet in length and has a width of around 13 feet in the middle. The materials that go into the making are local and ecofriendly; bamboo poles, coconut fibre, ropes, bamboo mats, carpets etc. The main wood used is "Anjili" (Artocarpus hirsuta). There are houseboats with fully furnished single room, double room and triple rooms.

Luxury Houseboats Luxury Houseboats are the most luxurious boats in our catalogue. Though on the higher end, one can rest assured of a lavish cruise on the placid backwaters. With its plush interiors, aesthetically done up designs, huge lounge and spacious rooms, a cruise in the luxury houseboat offers a getaway that is comfortable.

Deluxe Houseboats Though relatively easier on the pocket, Superior Houseboats compromise neither on the quality nor on the service. These houseboats offer almost the same facilities as that of a luxury houseboat, but at a more competitive price. The size of the houseboats are larger than the standard houseboats and are a notch higher when it comes to comfort.

Standard Houseboats Our Standard Houseboats are perfect for budget travellers looking for easy priced holiday options. They are clean, furnished and offers all the basic amenities. You will probably love it for the authentic charm it radiates. But not so for the non-availability of AC! But we see to it that you are comfortable and still have a pleasant stay.

Alternate Rides

Other Backwater Activities
Country Canoe Ride

Country Canoe RideEnjoy the inner beauty of Kerala in a traditional canoe through the narrow canals.

Speed Boat

Speed BoatCruise through the serene backwaters of kerala with wind on your face in a speed boat

Motor Boat

Motor BoatTravel the economic way by less expensive motors boats which traverse through the canals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Alcohol aboard Houseboats

The Kerala State Government has stringent licensing requirements for the sale of alcohol. This is both a social strategy to ameliorate the condition of alcoholism in the local community and an opportunity to make money through duty and tax.

These conditions apply on our Kerala houseboats to the extent that boats do not have a bar or stock alcohol although many buy in local beer to serve to adults.

We can make arrangements for beer to be available to you on the boat and for foreign visitors we can recommend bacardi and coconut water straight from the coconut through a straw which is a nice pick me up. Bring your own and enjoy - there is no law against that.

Do we share the boat?

All our boats are PRIVATE which means that you hire them alone without other parties about. The only people on the boat are you and your group and the crew.

Luxury, Superior and Standard Houseboats

All our cruises are offered in Luxury, Superior and Standard Houseboats. You can pick one of the following that would suit your budget and requirements.

Luxury Houseboats

Luxury Houseboats are the most luxurious boats in our catalogue. Though on the higher end, one can rest assured of a lavish cruise on the placid backwaters. With its plush interiors, aesthetically done up designs, huge lounge and spacious rooms, a cruise in the luxury houseboat offers a getaway that is comfortable. What you are going to enjoy is the feeling of being in the midst of all the comforts, though you are disconnected from the city. The premium houseboat is best for large groups, where the guests can lazily stretch themselves watching the sun or indulge in a book or catch up with music.These houseboats are air-conditioned and have quieter engines, prerequisites for a better sleep and overnight stay. Our guests prefer it for the state-of-the art facility and immense quality.

Superior Houseboats

Though relatively easier on the pocket, Superior Houseboats compromise neither on the quality nor on the service. These houseboats offer almost the same facilities as that of a luxury houseboat, but at a more competitive price. The size of the houseboats are larger than the standard houseboats and are a notch higher when it comes to comfort.A large patio, cozy furniture and spacious bedrooms with attached bath are the features of the Superior Houseboats.. These are air-conditioned and well appointed with cozy and comfortable furniture. Superior Houseboats are preferred for family vacations and small gatherings as they come in competitive price. The houseboat features a well-appointed patio, bedrooms, attached bath and all modern amenities. All the safety and security concerns are also taken care of.

Standard Houseboats

Our Standard Houseboats are perfect for budget travellers looking for easy priced holiday options. They are clean, furnished and offers all the basic amenities. You will probably love it for the authentic charm it radiates. But not so for the non-availability of AC! But we see to it that you are comfortable and still have a pleasant stay.

You can select the houseboat cruises and Bedroom type as per your budget.

Mosquitoes, Critters & Houseboats

For many visitors to India, fear of the mosquitoes and other biting local fauna gives them some sleepless nights. Here is our take on them and how to manage your anxiety as well as the reality.

There is good news and bad news: the bad news first. The Kerala backwaters are in their nature aqueous and so a natural habitat for water insects like mosquitos. As a result that buzzing sound is quite possibly a mosquito planning the arc of attack. There is good news which those watery depths are a natural habitat for all the predators whose diet is largely comprised of mosquito larvae. These rapacious hordes keep the biting critters under some control.

There is further good news which relates to the type of mosquito encountered in Kerala. These are not of the genus Aegyptis which are the carriers of Malaria; as a result you are not at threat of picking up Malaria from a bite. Medical advice therefore does not recommend the taking of malaria pills during a visit to Kerala.

Managing mosquitoes is partly common sense, partly grin and bear and a third part guerilla tactics.

Rice Boat or Day Boat

Some boat operators offer day cruises in the backwaters. You should check whether they are operating a traditional rice boat or a day boat which is a small motor boat, often somewhat lopsided. The day boat cruise should be cheaper as these are common boats and so they are ideal for budget customers. However, they do not offer food or drinks so you should bring your own. They are fun but also a little different.

Typical Kerala Houseboat Prices

Prices vary across the season for cruises. Luxury boats are more expensive than superior boats as you would expect. Each cabin sleeps two people. For luxury category, price can vary from boat to boat.

We have provided some indicative foreign currency prices (UK Sterling, US Dollar and the Euro), but these are really indicative only as the India Rupee is very volatile, but it gives you a sense. These rates are for prebooked boats rather than spot tariffs.

These rates are for an overnight cruise which starts around midday and finishes at about 10 am next morning. Rates for longer cruises are not simple multiples, but it is confusing to show them here. You can see them on our cruises pages.

What is the food available in a houseboat?

The Houseboat cruise commences with a traditional Kerala lunch. The guests can begin their lunch by sampling tapioca and fish curry – a local favourite. The tapioca is usually boiled and cooked in spices and served alongside spicy red fish curry. This is followed by an elaborate meal of rice and curry. A slice of fried Pearl Spot, Kerala Chicken curry and vegetable dishes are normally served. The lunch is served buffet style and consists only of authentic Kerala dishes. Tea and typical Kerala snacks like Banana roast will be provided in the evening.

Houseboat chefs usually cook traditional kerala food; this is to get the real houseboat feel. These food are most time spicy. But if you brief the chef, he can make it less spicy for you. Most of the time it consists rice, tapioca, idly, dosha, appam, chapathy, dal, sambar, chutney, fish curry, chicken curry, fish fry, fruits, salads, pickle, pappad, sweets, tea, coffee etc. Cooking oil is most time coconut oil or vegetable oil.

As per request, bread, butter, jam etc are also served.

You can always buy crab, prawns etc from floating or other markets by paying extra.

What you can see...

Holidaying in Kerala throws open a plethora of experience - a lovely climate, vast beaches, picturesque locales and exciting wild life But any trip to this tiny strip of land is incomplete without an invigorating cruise along the backwaters. A backwater cruise on a majestic 'Kettuvallom'(Houseboat) is a Kerala experience that should not be missed because it offers a huge slice of the rural village life.

The Houseboat traverses in an unhurried pace which is perfect for an afternoon siesta. But chances are you wouldn't want to shut an eyelid and miss out on all the beautiful things that come along the way. So sit back, stretch your legs and wait for 'Kerala life' to unfold before you. Something that is in abundance is the lush greenary. The cruisers get a peek into the local village life, traditional Kerala houses, paddy fields and fishermen at work. The guests can step and take a stroll to explore the villages, local markets or can enjoy a refreshing dip in the shallow waters. To get a feel of the fisherman's life, go fishing and get your fresh catch fried.