There is a Kerala that lives along these back
waters, throbbing with its own unique culture. For you, as a
visitor to Kerala it can be an incredibly different experience
just floating these waters in a country craft and
absorbing this unusual representation of Kerala life.
A relaxed tour taking the members through the backwaters of
Kerala in South India. One sees the unique culture of the
State, overnights are spent at indigenously made country boats
and absorbing the unusual representation of Keralasí life in
its tranquility are few of the lifetime experience included in
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There is a Kerala that lives along these backwaters,
throbbing with its own unique culture. Four you, as a visitor
to Kerala it can be an incredibly different experience just
floating down these waters in a country craft and absorbing
this unusual representation of Kerala life.
You might begin at Alappuzha (Alleppey) which is hailed as the
Venice of the East, because of its intricate maze of
backwaters, canals and bridges.
A few minutes after you move of the old fashioned dock, you
will find yourself surrounded by lush palmgroves and lovely
stretches of paddy fields, the swaying coconut palms almost
dip into waters and on channels of land that mudge the
backwaters are little children playing in the sun. You might
see housewives cleaning rice for the days meal or pounding
Coconut husk for coirfiber or sweeping the Muttom (front
yards), completely oblivious of the regular traffic that ply
to and fro across these waters from dawn to dusk.
And there are boats packed with coir, Whizzing along to some
commercial centre. There are small boats/canoes too, and
Chinese style junks often manned by women dressed in the
typical check dhotis and stark white blouses.
If you wish you could break journey and actually taste its raw
sweetness. You could even ask your boatman to take you into
one of the thatched country shops for a glass of fermented
nectar, which is served with places of delicious carp or
Karimeeu - a fish that is special gift of these backwaters.
A beautiful backwater spot accessible from alappuzha is
Breathtaking green, the villager slumbers by the Vembanad
Lake. On cruise scenery flashes up vivid contrasts of lush
greens and deep blues. As the boat glides along gorgeous
blues, the fringed palms ripple in he blues waters and blend
into the little wavelets.
The place is so beautiful that Henry Baker an Englishmen built
his bungalow here in the last century. Now this elegant
English bungalow is Taj Group Hotel. Again from Alappuza, you
could go upto Kollam( Quilon ). The route winds up the Pampa
river to Chempa Kuklam an Island hamlet them into the Karumadi
canal. The statue of Karumadi Kuttam is believed to be of
Buddha. The past Trikunnapuzha, across Kayamkulam lake &
Ashtamudi lake finally drawing into the ancient port of Kollam.
Throughout the scenery continues to be ravishing.
Kerala tourism luxury cruisers MANIAKOM, SAGARA RATNA,
ASHTAMUDI, PATHIRAMANAL, all pretty vessels, luxuriously
appointed with plush seats, well stocked kitchenettes and
modern conferencing facilities.
HOUSE BOAT- PUTHENANGADI CONCEPT &
The old Kettuvallam are the cargo boats that once
plied in the backwaters to carry heavy cargo such as Rice,
Coconut & Spices and also to provide living accommodation for
the boatman, we have now adapted them to offer holiday makers
the adapted them to offer holiday makers the ultimate
backwaters experience designed exclusively for one couple for
privacy and attended by a personal cook and two boatmen.
There is a cozy double bedroom midship with an en suite
bathroom and furnished sitting room complete with its own
sundecked at the bow. There is also a fully fitted kitchen to
prepare meals. Power supplied by solar panels on the roof and
the bow and stern by two boatmen using punting poles (an
outboard motor is sometimes used on longer cruises).
Where you decide to go in your Ketuvallum is
entirely up to you. There are number of itineraries to choose
from, The minim period they can be hired is 24 hours. Plenty
of time to go from Puthenagadi (where the boats are located)
to Alleppey and back and spend one night in the middle of the
Another popular route is to set off from Puthenangadi in the
morning reach Alleppey by lunch and then spend one night
moored at Kayamkulam and return the next day.
LIVING IN THE BACKWATERS
Life on the backwaters is quite distinct from the
rest of the India, beating its own gentle rhythm. Originally
created by the rivers which flow down from the Western Ghats
to the coast, the region is characterized by lush coconut
groves and paddy fields. It is also known as Kuttanand. For
centuries the waterways provided an efficient, peaceful
transport system for the local farmers and habitants.
Historically houseboats have a cuisine of their own which was
evolved out of onboard cooking. In keeping with tradition the
chefs only serve traditional houseboat food including freshly
caught Karimeen a delicious backwater fish, local vegetables
and rice. Drinks can be ordered and brought on board before
CLIMATE / CLOTHING
Max 32 degrees Celsius
Min 26 degrees Celsius
April to July warm / monsoon
August to September pleasant
PUTHENANGADI, where the boats are based is
located in Cherthala 55 kms from Cochin.