Cruising through the backwaters of Kerala is undoubtedly one of the beautiful, serene and peaceful things which you will be lucky enough to experience in entire India. If you didn’t know what the Kerala backwaters is, then it is a system of canals which stretches through 900 km throughout Kerala incorporating lakes, rivers and lagoons all surrounded by palm trees amidst a thousand shades of green, colorful houses, paddy fields and you’ll experience a way of life which seems to be romantically same for centuries.
But these days, the water has changed. Previously, the backwaters were the primary form of transportation in the region as spice trade was their main business. There were thatched barges locally known as kettuvallams which would carry spices to the ports of Muzuris and Kochin on the Arabian Sea. These days most of these kettuvallams are transformed to house boats which carry tourists through the languid Kerala backwaters.
Choosing the best house boat – Steps to take
Enjoying the backwaters of Kerala by booking a classic Houseboat is indeed a lovely experience but there are few things that you need to keep in mind while choosing it. Here are few questions answered.
How to hire a houseboat and where to hire it?
There are large numbers of houseboats which are available in Alleppey which is a connected waterway between Kollam and Kochi. Majority of the Houseboats and their operators are from this region. The trip starts from Alleppey and passes through Kumarakom, Kottayam and Kollam. There are numerous places to cater to your needs and it’s your discretion to choose from the wide array of destination as per their demands.
What kind of hiring time span does a houseboat allow?
You can easily hire a houseboat for as little as a single day and till a week. You can decide on the duration of the boat cruise and the hiring time usually ranges from a day to a week where the day trip starts at 11.30 am and ends at 5 pm. Though majority of the people opt for overnight hire where they may enjoy the calmness and the quietness of the lake and also check out the spots.
What are the exact costs for hiring a houseboat?
Well, the cost depends on the quality of the boat and the prices are usually at their maximum level during December and January. The maximum charge for hiring overnight without AC can be 5000/-. For other deluxe houseboats for 2, the amount will be Rs. 6500 and if you hire luxury houseboats, the amount will be 10,000/- and above. Food is included within the amount that is charged and as mentioned earlier, the peak season is from December to January. You will also get special monsoon packages and discounts during that time.
Therefore, if you’re planning to hire a houseboat in Kerala, take into account the above mentioned steps. Get in touch with a credible company which has your best interests in mind.