Duration: 01 Night - 2 days/02 nights - 03 days/Both.
Fifty five feet in length and fifteen feet in width, the Kerala houseboats (Kettuvallam) were originally constructed 80 years ago from Anjili wood and coir. With a storage capacity of 45 tons, they were conceived for transporting a variety of goods mainly rice. Well furnished, they consist of a thatched covered lounge cum dining area, a double bedroom (with mosquito net) and a bathroom. The most enchanting feature of these Kettuvallams is the boat ride done in the evening when they are lit by the hurricane lamps. There is a kitchenette at the back where the chefs cook simple meals using traditional spices of Kerala. You are accompanied by a guide who travels along with you to familiarize you with the surroundings.
Alleppey Tours - 1 Night Cruise ( Option 1)
Day 1 : Morning embark from Alleppey in a leisure Cruise through the southerly direction to Pallathuruthy river, Pukaitha river, Pullangady till Champakulam. Enroute visit the 200 years old Champakulam church, the Kottaram temple and the famous snake boat - the Champakulam Chundan. Explore the beauty and tranquility of the Kerala backwaters on a House Boat converted into a comfortable houseboat retaining the local elements. The backwaters are comprised of a net work of lakes, coconut shaded canals and estuaries with wooden houses that dot the embankments. Witness the life style of the natives there. You can also stop at Nedumudy to visit the local market. Proceed to Munnattumugham village. Overnight stay at the houseboat.
Day 2 : Morning after Breakfast, the cruise passes through Chennamkery, Kainary, Pallathuruthy and Kuppapuram- all small backwater villages in Kerala to reach and disemabrk at Alleppey, the 'Venice of the East' near Cochin. It is the famous stopover of the Houseboats. The Vembanad Lake, narrow canals, paddy fields and the sleepy villages make Alleppey an amazing place. On arrival at Alleppey, re-join your car and continue towards next destination.
Alleppey-Kollam (2 nights and 3 days) (Option 2)
Day1: Arrive at Alleppey and start your cruise towards Pallathuruthy Canal, Karimpavalavu village and Karumady canal to reach Thottappally village for night stay. You can visit Karumady Kuttan (a statue of Buddha and a Temple) Alleppey, the Venice of the East situated on the bank of the Vembanad Lake, the longest lake in India in between. Allappuzha, a natural port and the famous trade center of Kerala can be explored well through backwaters. Have a house boat cruise in the canal by Bamboo Poles, sail through the lagoons, swim in the waters, enjoy the scenic beauty of colourful villages while crossing the backwaters. Have a sumptuous meal on Banana leaves prepared by the cooks in the houseboat. In the evening witness sunset through coconut palms. Overnight stay at Rice Barge.
Day 2: Early morning after breakfast, visit famous Chambakulam St. Forane Church. After lunch, visit Chambakulam chundan the famous Snake Boat. A visit to Nedumudi village market introduces you to the umpteen varieties of Indian Vegetables and Fishes. Continue the cruise through Nedumudy and Mancompu village and Bhagavathy temple - one of the oldest temples near backwaters. Proceed to Kumarakody and Pallana to Thrikunnapuzha.village famous for its local coir-manufacturing unit. Overnight stay at houseboat at Kayamkulam lake.
Day 3: A leisurely Cruise through Kayamkulam lake and Alinkadavu village to witness the village life of rural Kerala. One can observe the boat building, prawn cultivation, sand mining, coir manufacture, limestone collection, rice farming and duck rearing here. You can also go to Kollam through the maze river and myriad lagoons. After coming back to Kollam, you can proceed on your onwards journey or return way back home.