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Houseboats - The Scope of Houseboat Tourism in India

The houseboats are an integral part of the people living in Kerela as well as Kashmir, both in terms of livelihood and economy of the region. "Kettuvallams "or Rice boats were initially used for transportation of people and products between villages and towns as there were lesser mode of transportation. House boats are a major tourist attraction and have won the heart of lots of travellers who are left spellbound by the tranquility of the backwaters while riding the houseboats. The intimacy of the houseboat with the village peoples reveal the general life they lead depending only on the houseboat earnings on certain seasons.

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Houseboats in Kerala

Houseboat, KeralaThe land of Kerala putra or Keram (coconut trees), straddled by the evergreen western ghats on one side and the fathomless Arabian sea on the other, is as different from the rest of India as pepper is to chilli. It is this favourable geography that makes kerala unique.

On the bank one can see lush green rice fields spreading away in to the distance and coconut groves with the occassional temple or church. Flocks of domesticated ducks, cattles grazing in lushgreen pastures and lotus floating here and there can be viewed.The back water are best experienced while slowly moving down the labryinth of canals in a thatched roofed houseboat, known as "kettuvalam"

The house boats are renovated cargo boats about 80 feet in length and provided with all modern comforts for leisure travel. Each houseboat is constructed with exquisite floorings with hull and velabara, the other name of a canopy. Kettuvalam, are made by tieing pieces of wood, Jack wood plank are joined together with coir rope and coated with resin made from boiled cashew nut shell.
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Provided with a sundeck, dinning area with attached toilet, passages and a neat classy kitchen protected with fire proofing, the houseboats are designed to facitilate a most eco friendly environment.

To take care of the cold weather clean good quality linen, blankets, towels etc are kept for the traveller's convenience. Traditional Kerala cuisine and dishes made out of local fishes are served by the crew members to the visitors. Also climbing the coconut tree to bring down coconuts to eat can be thrilling beyond imagination.

Fisherman's Houseboat
One bedded accommodation houseboat, two bedded accommodation houseboat

Large Family boats are available for different types of visitors. The house boats are classified in to two categories Golden and Silver by the Department of Tourism, Govt of kerala. The Golden house boats uses only eco friendly products like Solar energised fans and are more spacious. The crew includes a chef and two oarsmen.

Places of HouseBoat Travel
Overnight cruise from Alleppey to Kumarakom, along the punnamada lake to the the pathiramal island. Night stay at Kumaramom amidst fire to keep the cold away and leaving the boat in the morning.

Alleypey to Kottayam or Venice of the East figures among the visitor's prominent destinations for cruising along the backwater boat strips while in Kerala.

Alleypey to Alumkadavu - A 5/6 days vacation can take the visitors in to the different parts of kerala covering destinations starting from Cochin-Periyar-Kumarakom-Alleypey-and finally landing at Cochin .

Houseboats operated by Somatheeram beach resort group in mobile cottages having two cabins with private bed and bathrooms while the interiors designed by wooden panels.

Accommodation in Kerala
» Punnmada Backwater Resort
» Coir Village Lake Resort
» The Marari Beach Resort
» Alleppey Prince Hotel
» Kayaloram Lake Resort
» Emerald Isle - Home Stay
» Lake Palace
» Alleppey Beach Resorts

Houseboats in Kashmir
Kashmir, the paradise on earth, rightly termed as the "Switzerland of the East" is the crown on the map of India. The city of Srinagar with the towering view of the Nanga parvat along the Kashmir valleys boast of a variety of lakes like the famous Dal, Nagin and the Anchor lake. Even the river Jhelum too flows through this place.
Shikara Boat Passing Houseboats on Dal Lake
Gulmarg boasts of the highest golf course in the world along with trekking, mountaineering and water sports. Other prominent places for sight seeing in Kashmir are Sonamarg, a base to the holy Amarnath yatra, Pahalgam, Sheshnag lake and Lidder river with the trekking destination to Aru korahai glacier. Yusmarg is an ideal day picnic spot.

The Dal lake hosts the world's famous shikaras and houseboats, The houseboat communities have been living in the Dal lake for centuries. Surrounded by great mountain views of "PirPanjal",the house boats at Dal lake are a great place for holidaying in Kashmir. Most houseboats can be accessed directly from the banks without taking help of the shikaras.

In the winters the fun gets doubled as the whole place is covered with snow, all milky and white like a picture of a true heaven on earth. The Dal lake completely freezes out to a snowy plains and the ducks are seen walking over. Sights of childrens skiing over it completely mesmerises the visitors .

The unique experience of living on the waters in a cedar panelled elegant bedroom with all the convenience of a luxury hotel are a novelty in Kashmir. The houseboats are grand sized boats with hand carved furniture and rich Kashmiri carpets laid on the floors. Normally the house boat have the following, an entrance veranda, drawing room, dining room, 3 to 4 living room with attached bathroom and a front lake view balcony.

The house boat owners are local people and normally live with their families on the ground floor of the boat house. Three meals are served daily from a menu of western, Kashmiri and Indian cuisine. Shikara is a Gondala type light rowing boat comfortable for the interior rides of the Dal lake, seeing the market place and the floating gardens.

All modern amenities are available for the travellers comfort like the television, telephone and sofas. Even fruits and handicraft sellers come to the boat for selling the items worth buying. The charges of the houseboats includes all meals served to the visitors and all crossing overs made on the shikara to and fro from the mainland.

Houseboat in Dal Lake, Kashmir
Zaffer group of deluxe house boats offers honeymoon pleasure suites to family union stay on the house boat.

Golden lotus group of houseboats offers luxurious houseboats beautifully furnished with 2 to 3 bedrooms with attached bathrooms having modern amenities.

California group of houseboats, a five star floating hotel built in Victorian style with modern facilities offers business and leisure travel to visitors world over with cuisines to their taste.

Places of houseboat travel
Srinagar - Upon arrival in Srinagar to view the Dal lake and the exclusive beauty of the houseboats floating on the lake the visitors are mesmerised by gods own creation in earth. The shikara trips in and around the the Dal lake through the floating gardens, silver Island, Nehru park, Char Chinar, and city tours reveals the mysterious beauty of the place.

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