Types of Houseboats in Kerala
Kerala - God's own country is well-known worldwide for its beautiful backwaters. No trip to Kerala is complete without the Houseboat experience with your loved one. Houseboats also known as “Kettuvalloms” in Malayalam, Houseboats is a huge country boat made up of tying huge jack wooden planks together and these planks are dipped in cashew nut resin to increase its power and durability. It comes in various shapes which include one to even ten bedrooms with attached and non-attached washrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, kitchen and some even provides a balcony, upper deck, glass wall, etc. Houseboats are specially designed for sheer leisure trips to saunter down the cool placid waters of the backwaters. You will definitely enjoy your stay there and it is up to you to get back home either the same day or after spending a night as well out floating around on the houseboat. To make the best of your Kerala backwaters experience in a houseboat, it’s very important to choose a houseboat wisely.
Most of the houseboats have their own Kitchen, balcony, bedrooms with A/c, a living room and a dining area. Foods are prepared inside the kitchen of the boats and you can get both the veg and non-veg options. You will get breakfast, lunch, evening snacks, and dinner as per your tour packages. Most of the houseboats welcome their guests with a delicious welcome drink so that you can remember your Kerala tour forever. there are many categories of houseboats, facilities available in different types of houseboats, check-in and checkout time, types of meal, etc. Since houseboats are available in three categories – Deluxe, Premium, and Luxury, you can ask your tour operator to arrange for one in advance that suits your budget.
The Alleppey Houseboat rate normally includes three-time freshly cooked meals, made by an onboard chef, and refreshments with a total of 06 hours of a cruise on backwaters. Do double check to make sure you'll have a private houseboat to yourselves because many houseboats have more than one bedroom which can be share that in turn will infringe on your privacy. One other thing to keep in mind is that some houseboats have an upper/sun deck lounge area, where you can relax and enjoy the view with King's eye & greater privacy. Alleppey House Boat rates are different in each season. October to April is the season and December 15th to January 5th is High peak season. The offseason is during monsoon from April to September.
DELUXE HOUSEBOATS: Also known as a budget category houseboat, It has a common space for dining and sitting, private Ac bedroom and staff include Chef and cum driver. In Deluxe category House Boat Ac will work from 9 pm to 6 Am when the houseboat is stationed. Staying in Non Ac House Boats are not recommended especially in monsoon season as the vast expanse of greenery and placid waters, though clean tend to have mosquitoes. insects and small animals, like frogs, water snakes can found in the deck during the evening. The minimum rate for Houseboat for backwater cruise & overnight stay is around INR 6,000 without air-conditioning during weekdays and price will go up to 30% High during weekends and Holidays for 1 bedroom houseboat.
Premium HouseBoat: Majority of the Premium House Boat has twin engines with larger vessels. It’s having many Premium facilities and much bigger than DELUXE HOUSEBOATS. premium level goes higher, you get better rooms, with better sound insulation. If it is an air-conditioned, well-maintained room, Premium House Boat provides 24 Hrs Air conditioned Bedrooms, Besides, 2-3 bedrooms and a living room, the decor is sophisticated, the food spread is elaborate, and the experience is unforgettable. in addition to the chef, you will be accompanied by two drivers and an attendant on board. The boat is well equipped with life jackets for each person as a safety measure. The minimum rate for Houseboat for backwater cruise & overnight stay is around INR 12,500 during weekdays and price will go up to 30% High during weekends and Holidays for 1 bedroom houseboat.
Luxury HouseBoat: in Luxury House Boat you can enjoy the ultimate luxury and the best of facilities. Luxury House Boat provides all the modern facilities of a premium hotel. Ac Bedroom with attached toilet, sit out and sundeck area and separate kitchen. Ac will be operated round the clock. Luxury houseboats will equip with a Jacuzzi shower panel, Indian, Mughlai, and Chinese food menu. all of the Luxury House Boat category houseboats have an upper deck, Sitting Hall, Conference Room, and glass wall. Staff includes Chef, Captain, and Driver. the open deck of the ship along with the finest chefs are on board with you. So you can enjoy Kerala’s sun, its forest and as well as the mouthwatering traditional food, all at the same time. The minimum rate for Houseboat for backwater cruise & overnight stay is around INR 25,000 without air-conditioning during weekdays and price will go up to 30% High during weekends and Holidays for 1 bedroom houseboat.