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The Hobbit Kerala Houseboat for 4

Traditional houseboat with two cabins built without a single nail. Truly a labour of love and wonderful style and upper deck.


  • Wonderful curvy design
  • Traditional in style with upper deck
  • Sleeps up to four in two cabins
  • Local food cooked
  • Spacious with AC and ensuite facilities

With two bedrooms and a Gold Star quality rating, this traditional and somewhat eccentric Kerala houseboat led the field in responsible tourism since it won "The most Eco Friendly" tourism project in Kerala, thereby establishing a benchmark for certifying all other boats plying the pristine backwaters.

The boat is a combination of traditional and modern design that both ensures your every comfort whilst not detracting from the authentic feel of a traditional "Kettuvallum" (rice barge). She was built using traditional methods. Not one nail has been used in the construction! Each plank of wood is joined to the next with strong coir rope then coated with caustic black resin obtained from boiled cashew kernels and fish oils.

There are two double or twin cabins ensuite with a lower day cabin and upperdeck for views across the backwaters. We cruise the Alappuzha backwaters and can pick up and drop off in both Alappuzha area as well as across the lake at Kumarakom (if necessary).

She is available for 1-3 day/night cruises.

Cabin facilities:

Attached  bathrooms with running hot and cold showers through Solar Panels. Hot water is heated by panels so are dependent on sunshine.

Air Conditioning:

All cabins are air-conditioned with individually controlled units. AC’s can be run 24/7 which is not a typical arrangement in other boats in the back waters.

The boat has 2 air-conditioned cabins on main deck level.


Dining is on its covered, open front of the main deck with a great front view of the cruise.

Our Chefs serve you local Indian cuisine with additions of Continental Menu.Your stay with us is on full board, all meals are included, along with tea and coffee service at your choice of time. Given advance notice, all dietary concerns are taken care of.

Sun Deck

The sun deck is on the open first deck.


Recreational facilities include:

  • A well stocked library
  • Various board games
  • Sun Deck
  • Air conditioned lounge and dining.

Included in your stay:

  • Shore excursion to villages and churches

Important Information

Smoking:  All  cabins are non- smoking. Smoking is only allowed in the outdoor areas.

Child Policy: Children of all ages are welcome. Children under 12 pay only 50% of the normal tariff.

Extra Bed: There is no provision for extra bed.

Keeping in Touch: There are no telephones onboard for outside calls. For all outside calls, the Manager has a cell phone which can be used at a charge.

Tipping : Tipping is not included in the tariff and is at your discretion. Individual tipping is not encouraged as the  cruise boat has a collective tipping policy. We ask that all tips be placed in the main tipping box.

Staff at Service

Manager Hospitality
Kitchen Assistant
House Keeping Team
Maintenance Team – plumber/electrician and guards.
Services of Guide and Escort included

Fire and Safety Features

All  cabins are equipped with individual fire extinguishers.


2 GENERATORS  on each boat support the electricity supply  at all times.

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