This is why I love India, every state is different, not just in its landscape or climate but in its culture, energy and lifeblood too. Each region welcomes you with its own personality, its language or dialect, quirks, customs, and way of life, and you soon get to know it.
Our Traditional Houseboat (kettuvallam)
You can spend anything from an afternoon to a week on a backwaters houseboat, though two-day trips are the most popular and in the end what we chose to do. The main spots to embark on a backwaters adventure are the cities or towns of Alappuzha, Kochi, Kollam and Kumarakom. If you haven’t booked in advance, like us, you could book a houseboat on arrival, if so here are a few tips:
Shop around There will be a lot of choice so do some research, we rented our houseboat from Kollam and there were several agents selling packages, so its worth checking out a few different options to see what is on offer and the price ranges before booking.
Inspect your boat! Most agents are happy for you to have a quick tour around a boat to help you decide, so its worth asking if not offered.
What’s included The captain, a cook and all meals should be included and often drinks can also be factored into the package. A good agent will usually discuss the menu and your specific requirements with you beforehand. Excursions by canoe into smaller channels and swimming opportunities are usually included in the price too.
Agree on a price upfront Its always worth getting everything agreed and a fair price negotiated and fixed beforehand, so you can just relax and enjoy your time on the water.
Our journey through the Kerala Backwaters…
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