• Traditional houseboat


Kerala's Backwaters

Backwater labyrinth

A house boat is the only way to experience the backwaters to their full potential. Explore Kerala’s Backwaters on a traditional kettuvallom (houseboat) and enjoy an enchanting labyrinth of tranquil waters, lush vegetation and emerald rainforests. Follow the maze of canals lined with emerald tea hills, ornate temples, villages and churches and soak up the bucolic landscapes from the comfort of your houseboat. Drift along the waters as locals pass by in narrow canoes or cast their nets to catch fish in the murky waters. Many of the Kerala Backwaters cruises include visits to the villages, temples, churches, markets, beaches, tea shops and paddy fields in the area, so you'll get to experience authentic south India in its truest form. 

We highly recommend visiting the village of Kumarakom, sat on the edge of Vembanad Lake, where you'll find a range of resorts and friendly local people who love to fish in the lake and collect shells for their homes. A trip to the backwaters of Kerala is one you won't forget in a hurry. 

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Destination Specialist

"A morning yoga session on the front of the boat is one that I will never forget, the total serenity and calm takes over. Even if you don't like yoga make sure you take advantage of the sunrise whilst on a house boat."