Our most popular journey - 21 hours aboard a classic Kerala houseboat with a tranquil cruise through Vembanad and the Kuttanad backwaters
Our most popular cruise is the 1 Night Cruise of the Backwaters launching from Alappuzha or Kumarakom. Our luxury boats can sleep either 2 or four in two cabins with ensuite shower rooms and air conditioning as standard.
Your Cruise Itinerary
Arrive at the jetty at approximately midday for boarding soon after. After a refreshing drink of coconut water after your journey and some time to settle in before we start motors and wend our way to the open waters of Lake Vembanad.
We cruise across the Southern tips of Vembanad to enter into the area of the backwaters called the "Blocks" which are the huge paddy fields cover the area. Soon we will moor beside the paddy for a spot of lunch. A spot may not do full justice to the regiment of dishes that start appearing from the galley for you. Lunch is a pretty grand affair of curries and vegetable dishes including fried fish and probably Karrimeen - the famous South Indian fish curry for which Kerala is justly famous.
After lunch, it is cast off moorings and we journey deeper into the backwaters and away from the paddies to the small fields and villages. The canals start to narrow and we see village life: of Toddy men tapping the coconuts for fresh toddy, old men reading the papers with their feet dangling in the water, women doing their washing in the streams and then dhobying the cloth against walls. Later the children come home from school, wending their excited way along the edges of the waterways. Any spare piece of land is turned into a rough cricket pitch for the Kapil Devs of the future.
In the bright afternoon with the light sharding into the shade, many a traveller finds themselves, eyes drooping, enjoying an unearned siesta to the insistent thump of the diesel and the ocassionaly raucous call of a fishing bird stood precariously on a floating branch.
As the sun slips towards the horizon, there is still time to catch those magic moments when the colour cast of the backwaters changes from the blues and greens, to yellows and oranges. Make sure your camera is ready. The crew are now choosing mooring spots for the boat for the night and for our happy travellers, this is the moment combine local pineapple juice with some rum (Bacardi white rum or Mahiki Dark Rum is perfect) for the ultimate Kerala sun-downer! Seated upon the day bed, glass in hand, the temperature gentling: you might just be in heaven!
With the sun set and darkness surrounding your houseboat, why not listen out for the sounds of the backwaters: the chirruping of the insects, the splash of fish rising, the calling of the many frogs while you smell frying spices coming from the galley. We serve dinner around 7.30 and it is another feast of fresh Kerala produce whipped into some of our classic dishes, served on a banana leaf in traditional style for those who want it.
After dinner, it is conversation in the day cabin. Dim the lights and talk in the light of hurricane lamps. Since we dont like Mozzies anymore than you do, we tend to light some citronella candles to discourage them. Later, yawning we turn in to our cabins to get rocked to sleep by the waves of a few late night passing traffic.
We are gluttons for punishment and if we can, we try to stir to see dawn which is beautiful and peaceful. As often as not, it is back to our beds before coffee smells stir us again. After a typical lavish Kerala breakfast, we set off again for home and dry land.
We should arrive back in port at the jetty around 10-10.30 for disembarkation.
We mainly provide luxury houseboats we think that they are the best, but if budget requires, we can offer all sorts of other houseboats. Just contact for more help!