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Kerala Tourism; A Cruise in Houseboats during Holidays
The calm, breathtaking backwaters of Kerala are a paradise of water world embodied in its greenery. Alappuzha, the popular buzz of backwaters is credited with the title 'Venice of the East' and is thronged with tourists during season. Houseboats furnished with modern amenities become ready to accommodate its guests for a cruise of 2-3 days in these backwaters. The cruise gives a glimpse into the rustic beauty of Kerala with coconut groves on either side. A cruise taker would never forget the ambrosial worldliness that this trip delivers in the ethereal backwaters of Kerala.
About Kerala boats
As backwaters extend from Alappuzha to Cochin, traditional 'Kettuvalloms' were the only means of water transport in olden days. These boats are made by knotting huge planks of jackfruit tree (Anjili in regional language) with coir, a natural fiber produced from the husk of coconut. Cashew nut oil is used as the varnish for their maintenance. A part of the boat has a ceiling made of bamboo thatched with palm leaves. This cabin was used for storing the goods that were transported from interior villages to towns. These Eco-friendly houseboats (Kettuvalloms) form a part of the rich cultural heritage of Kerala.
Later, Kerala tourism department figured out the possibilities of expanding tourism. As a result, the present huge, luxurious houseboats were built for cruise. These decked barges are the mobile hotels in water with a living room, bedroom, balcony and a kitchen.
Houseboats have topped up the tourist packages prevailing in Kerala because of the cool cruise they arrange for the anticipated travelers who come from different parts of the world. In addition to coir villages, coconut groves and other natural scenery, several species of aquatic life also can be spotted from the houseboats while gliding past. Frogs, crabs, mud skippers and water birds such as kingfishers, darters and terns come across the eyes of natural explorers. Watching the tranquil backwaters from the balcony during the ply would be a miss if you don’t visit this exclusive region of greenery during the holidays.
More than 900 houseboats float over the backwaters in different routes. Double-decked boats also are included in this list with a stylish traditional built for the crazy traveler. Kumarakom, situated near the city of Kottayam in the backdrop of Vembanad Lake, is famous for resorts that offer houseboat cruise packages.
Head to Kerala and lure its sheer scenic beauty from these houseboats that is untouched by the passage of time during these holidays........
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