Kerala Backwater Cruise

Kerala Backwater Cruise

The backwaters of Kerala are a unique waterborne world – a colossal web of lakes, lagoons, canals and rivers lined with towering palms and lush foliage. The waters are plied by kettuvallams, or houseboats, that were originally barges used to transport grain. Now they offer the very best way to explore the backwaters, cruising lazily amongst the maze to give you a chance to enjoy life on the water and anchoring overnight for you to drift off to the sound of lapping water. Local food is prepared on board for an all-round authentic Keralan experience.

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holiday duration 17 Days from
holiday price 2,590pp

Contrasting vastly from the north, southern India is an intensely tropical and wonderfully laid back region to explore. The emerald jewel in India’s crown, Kerala boasts a rich heritage and mystical backwaters, flanked by rice paddies and coconut groves, and plied by rustic kettuvallam.

holiday duration 9 Days from
holiday price 1,640pp

Take a tranquil two-night cruise through the beauty of Kerala’s backwaters onboard a traditional houseboat before finding utter relaxation on the beaches of the Malabar Coast

holiday duration 3 Days from
holiday price Price On Request

Relax on board a private, traditional Kettuvalam houseboat as lush scenery and rural life drifts by.

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Six Facts About Kerala's Backwaters

Kerala’s backwaters are fed by 38 different rivers

The famous kettuvallams, or houseboats, were once used to transport grain harvested from the area’s fertile fields – there are about 2000 of them plying the waterways

Kerala means ‘land of coconuts’ – there are a lot of coconut palms here!

Kerala produces 91% of India’s natural rubber stocks

The backwaters have about 900 kilometres of waterways formed by both natural and manmade rivers and canals

The backwaters are a unique ecosystem, home to crabs, mudskippers, frogs, a range of water birds, otters, turtles and a large variety of trees


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