Everything You Need to Know About a Houseboat in Kerala Backwaters

Everything You Need to Know About a Houseboat in Kerala Backwaters

Kerala, often referred to as “God’s Own Country”, is a splendid place to visit in India, with its amazing backwaters, and one of the best ways to explore its beauty through its palm-fringed lakes, lagoons, and canals is on a houseboat in Kerala.

The houseboat in Kerala, locally known as kettuvallams, is an exclusive attraction in Kerala, gaining a lot of popularity among tourists from all around the world.

Now, if you are planning a cruise in Kerala, it is best to know what a houseboat in Kerala is all about. 





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Everything You Need to Know About a Houseboat in Kerala Backwaters


House boat in backwaters in Alappuzha, Kerala, India


Categories and Types of Houseboat in Kerala


A Kerala houseboat is typically made up of indigenous eco-friendly material and well-equipped with the modern comforts a hotel has.

They can come with single or multiple bedrooms with private balconies, fully-loaded kitchens, toilets and sundecks.

They also have skilled oarsmen and trained cooks. Generally, they are: 



  • Standard Houseboats

Mostly without an air-conditioning system, these boats have basic necessities with nothing else more than this.


  • Premium or Deluxe Houseboats

These boats are more comfortable, where you will have air-conditioning for around 10 hours at night.


  • Super Deluxe or Luxury Houseboats

These are filled with world-class comforts and luxuries, including well-mannered butlers. 


Interiors of Houseboat in Kerala 


These houseboats can also come with a double-deck, accommodating more people, where you can savor stunning views of the backwaters on the upper deck, which usually comprises of a double bedroom with attached bathroom, a living area that features a TV and music system and a sundeck.

For the lower deck, there could also be an air-conditioned double room with attached bathroom that can easily accommodate more people, and even a welcome area and a dining area with TV and a sit-out.

Given all the qualities of these types of the houseboat, they can be hired by two separate groups at the same time. 


houseboat on Kerala backwaters. Kerala, IndiaPicture: Houseboat in Kerala. 


Knowing Your Options and Booking


If you do not want to experience any disappointment from not being able to get a houseboat on a first-come-first-serve basis, then it is highly recommended to make your reservation beforehand, whether you are in for a day cruise, an overnight stay or even a two-night cruise.

Regardless of how much you are setting aside for this boat, there is basically a few things that come standard for your houseboat cruise experience. 


Picture: Kerala Tourism Board 


Amenities, Comforts, and Services


These amenities, comforts, and services include 3 meals per day that will come with an afternoon snack, where you will have to make clear whether you want to have Keralan cuisine or Western-style food; welcome drinks; drinks for the trip, including water, coffee and tea; a fruit basket; working fans in each room; towels; and toiletries, such as soap.

Keep in mind that these houseboats will not stock soft drinks and alcohol for you, so you might want to stock up on these items. 


Picture: Kerala Tourism Board | Boat ride in Kerala backwaters 


Houseboat prices


Houseboat prices vary depending on the type and category of the boat that you will pick and the duration of your cruise.

With all these bits of information, you will be able to find the perfect houseboat for your cruise along the beautiful Kerala backwaters. 


Picture: Kerala Tourism Board | Boat Race in Kerala. 


Read More : 55 Top Tourist Attractions of Kerala


  1. Ayurveda in Kerala
  2. Kerala Backwaters
  3. Beaches in Kerala
  4. Hill Stations in Kerala
  5. Spice Plantations in Kerala
  6. Eco-Tourism in Kerala
  7. Wildlife in Kerala
  8. Temples in Kerala
  9. Culture Of Kerala
  10. Cuisine Of Kerala
  11. Monuments Of Kerala
  12. Arts and Crafts Of Kerala
  13. Munnar Hill Station, Kerala
  14. Fairs & Festivals in Kerala
  15. Religious Places in Kerala
  16. Museums in Kerala
  17. Snake Boat Race, Kerala
  18. Chinese Fishing Nets, Kerala
  19. Alappuzha Backwaters, Kerala
  20. Kovalam Beach, Kerala
  21. Varkala Beach, Kerala
  22. Ayurveda in Kovalam, Kerala
  23. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala
  24. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kerala
  25. Bekal Fort, Kerala
  26. Eravikulam National Park, Kerala
  27. Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kerala
  28. Devikulam Hill Station, Kerala
  29. Vagamon Hill Stations, Kerala
  30. Lighthouse Beach, Kerala
  31. St. Francis Church, Kerala
  32. Munnar Spice Plantation, Kerala
  33. Idukki Hill Station, Kerala
  34. Guruvayoor Temple, Kerala
  35. Samudra Beach, Kerala
  36. Tata Tea Museum, Kerala
  37. Jewish Synagogue, Kerala
  38. Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple, Kerala
  39. Vembanad Lake, Kerala
  40. Ponmudi Hill Station, Kerala 
  41. Hawa Beach, Kerala
  42. Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls, Kerala
  43. Archaeological Museum Thrissur, Kerala
  44. Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala
  45. Thiruvalla Temple in Alappuzha
  46. Thekkady Spice Plantation, Kerala
  47. Marari Beach, Kerala
  48. Wayanad Hill Station, Kerala
  49. Vellayani Lake, Kerala
  50. Veli Tourist Village, Kerala
  51. Cheeyappara Waterfalls, Kerala
  52. Palakkad Hill Station, Kerala
  53. Anamudi Peak, Kerala
  54. Kappad Beach, Kerala
  55. Kundala Lake, Kerala


Read More : Top Destinations in Kerala

  1. Alleppey (Alappuzha)
  2. Kannur 
  3. Kochi
  4. Kollam
  5. Kovalam
  6. Kumarakom
  7. Munnar
  8. Periyar
  9. Thekkady
  10. Thiruvananthapuram
  11. Thrissur


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  1. Posted by La Vacanza Travel | 26 Sep 16

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