Kerala is a romantic place and offers a lot of places for site seeing. The greenery, backwaters and the hill stations covered with clouds are the famous destinations in Kerala. (Commercial Link Removed)
One of the most interesting places in Kerala is the backwaters. The fascination of the worldwide visitors is the exotic site seeing prospects on a cruise down the backwaters in a houseboat. The Kerala houseboats, also called as the ‘kettuvollams’ in the local language, which means boats of knots, are giant country crafts. These boats are meticulously constructed by an entire clan of artisans by tying huge planks of jack wood together.
The houseboats are extremely comfortable and merge beautifully with the surroundings. Every houseboat has an English speaking crew, comprising of a cook, a guide and oarsman. There are houseboats that are rowed by oars and the ones that are propelled by engine. There are houseboats that even have a conference hall designed for as much as 35 persons, and equipped with a dais and a sophisticated public address system.
The kettuvalloms are made comfortable by providing an open lounge, one or two bath attached bedrooms, a kitchen and a sit out on the deck. Sitting on the deck and watching the vast starry sky over head can be a treat. During the day, it is a wonderful experience to watch the beautiful landscape constituting of the birds and aquatic life around the fertile paddy fields. One can also go about exploring, swimming, fishing, bird watching or just lazing around in the sun.