Backwater Cruise India
Kerala Backwater Hotels, Resorts and Homestays

Backwater Cruise India definitely means the backwater cruise in Kerala. To travel around the backwaters is the main reason visitors come to Kerala.

Moving along the waterways relaxing on the observation deck of a traditional houseboat is among the most pleasurable experiences India has to offer.

Lonely planet counts Kerala backwater cruise as one of the ten best boat journeys in the world.

But it doesn't come cheap and may not live up to your expectations if you are not with the right operator.

For those who with limited time or money, cheaper day cruises are also on offer. And there are always local ferries.

The boats used for the cruise are known as Kettuvallam. They are huge slow moving barges. Actually Kettuvallam of older times are converted to houseboats.

Kettuvallam has great traditional touch. Originally they were used for cargo purpose which can hold up to 30 ton. But now they are almost exclusively used for backwater cruises.

The name Kettuvallam is the combination of two words Kettu and Vallam. Kettu means knot and vallam means boat. The Kettuvallam is held together with coir knots.

The boat is made of planks of jack wood knotted together with coir. Not even a single nail is used. The boat is coated with oil made from the boiled cashew kernels.

A kettuvallam can last for generations with proper maintenance.

Today, the houseboats have all the comforts of a hotel. Furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, cosy living rooms, kitchen and even a balcony for angling.

Houseboat operators work out of Kollam, Karunagappally and Kumarakom. But the highest concentration is in Alleppey where you will find the lowest prices.

Kerala Backwater Hotels


If you really want to enjoy the Kerala backwaters to the fullest, club your houseboat cruise with a backwater accommodation.

Huge number of backwater accommodation is available in Allleppey, Kumarkom and other places around Vembanad Lake. Thus you can enjoy your backwater cruise India the best.

Palm Grove Lake Resort

Punnamada Kayal
Tel: +91 477 3256238

A perfect, tranquil spot from which to watch the backwaters.

Sona

Thathampally
Tel: +91 477 2235211

An elegant old Kerala home. An ideal base for your backwater cruise in India.

Kayaloram

Punnamada Kayal
Tel: +91 477 2364480

Twelve antique Kerala wood tharavadukal. Excellent location with uninterrupted views across the water.

Keraleeyam

Thathampally
Tel: +91 477 2231468

Perfectly placed to see the backwaters.

Punnamada

On Punnamada Lake
Tel: +91 477 2233690

Lake facing five star resort.

Casa del Fauno

Muhamma
Alleppey
Tel: +91 478 2860862

The fusion architecture, given a face-lift by the Malabar House chain.

Kovilakam

Muhamma
Alleppey
Tel: +91 478 2861275

Small campus of five traditional rooms in a converted tharavad.

Lemon Tree

Muhamma
Alleppey
Tel: +91 478 2861970

A luxury resort right on the lakeshore.

Privacy at Sanctuary Bay

Muhamma
Alleppey
Tel: +91 478 2216666

Run by the Malabar House chain.

Akkarakalalm Memoirs

Chennamkary
Alleppey
Tel: +91 477 2762345

One of the true heritage hotels in the backwaters.

Bamboostix

Thayyil Kayal
Vembanad Lake
Alleppey
Tel: +91 9995821015

Australian-owned backpackers lodge.

Other First Class Properties by Backwaters at Alleppey


Chakkalayil

Champakulam
Alleppey
Tel: +91 9847323875

Eighteenth-century Portuguese-styled residence of Syrian Christians on the Pamba River.

Emerald Isle

Kanjooparambil-Manimalathara
Alleppey
Tel: +91 477 2703899

The real deal- an authentic 150 year old tharavadu.

The Granary

Pulinkunnu
Alleppey
Tel: +91 477 4028308

Small, modern resort hotel in the backs of river.

Kait's

Champakulam
Alleppey
Tel: +91 477 2736223

Lovely little mid-priced homestay right on the river bank.

Mankotta Island

East of Haripad
Alleppey
Tel: +91 477 2212245

One of the oldest backwater homestay surrounded by water and coconut trees.

Nelpura

Edayadi House
Mancombu
Alleppey
Tel: +91 477 2202336

Beautiful three-bed roomed teak nalukettu house.

Olavipe

Thekkanatt Parayil Olavupe
Poochakkal
Alleppey
Tel: +91 477 2522255

Olavipe, roughly midway between Kochi and Alleppey. Ranks among the Kerala's old-established heritage homestays. It's still one of the very best.

Pooppally's

Ponga
Pooppally
Alleppey
Tel: +91 477 2762034

A pretty and hospitable homestay. This mansion is a typically Syrian-Christian home.

Thevarcad House

Kainakary
Alleppey
Tel: +91 477 2724263

A relative newcomer that promises to be among the best-value.

VJ's Rice Garden

Pallathuruthy
Alleppey
Tel: +91 477 2702566

If you'd like to be in the backwaters but can't afford any of the heritage properties, try this guesthouse.

Backwater Hotels and Resorts at Kumarakom


Coconut Lagoon

Kumarakom
Kottayam
Tel: +91 481 2524491

The original and still the most stylish of the grand-scale luxury resorts in this area.

Illikkalam Lake Resort

Karottukayal
Kumarakom
Kottayam
Tel: +91 481 2523282

A nice little mid-priced option.

Kumarakom Lake Resort

Kumarakom
Kottayam
Tel: +91 481 2524900

One of India's top spa resort.

Philip Kutty's Resort

Pallivathukal
Near Ambika Market
Vechoor
Kottayam
Tel: +91 481 276529

Luxury homestay on a working island farm in the remote backwaters of Vembanad Lake. A perfect base camp for your backwater cruise in India

Vivanta by Taj-Kumarkom

Kumarkom
Kottayam
Tel: +91 481 2524377

The "History House" of Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things. This Edwardian mansion of the Baker family is the centre of this resort.

The Zuri Kumarakom Kerala Resort and Spa

Karottukayal Kumarakom
Kottayam
Tel: +91 481 2527272

Newest mega resort in this area providing enchanting experience of backwater cruise India.


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