The Houseboat Cruise
The houseboat cruises are generally carried out on a traditional boat, commonly known as, Kettuvallams. These traditional boats also have some facilities and services to make the journey of tourists comfortable and enjoyable. These facilities include sleeping area, dinning area, and toilets. The boat also arranges a deck area where tourists can sit and enjoy the Kerala countryside. Traditional dishes of Kerala are cooked and served on the cruise itself. One also experiences the colorful marine life while roaming in the quiet environment of Kerala backwaters. From the cruise Kettuvallams, you can also see the people of villages engaged in their day-to-day lives such as farming and fishing. The most recommended destinations of Kerela Backwaters are Kochi, Alappuzha, Kasargod, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Kumarakom, Kuttanad, Thiruvallam, and Thiruvananathapuram. Tourist can also visit these places and then can return on the cruise to continue their journey.
Kettuvallams, measure up to 80 feet in length. The Ketuvallams are crafted by joining together huge planks of jack wood without using a single nail. It requires great skill to craft these giant houseboats, which are a tourism destination unto them.
It is recommended to book Kerela backwaters tour package so that one can explore the remotest of area in Kerala backwaters, which might go unnoticed on wheels. Generally a tour takes 7-8 days and covers around 150 kms of waterways. The most common destinations covered in the tour packages are Cochin, Mararikulam, Marari, Periyar, Munnar, and Kumarakom. There are some tour packages which also show you wildlife which include elephants, boar, deer, tiger, and birds.
Kerala Boat Races
Apart from the cruises and wildlife, Kerala backwaters also holds frequent boat races which show the team spirit, tuning, dedication, and integration of the people of Kerala. Snake boat races are held in August/September on the occasion of Onam, a harvest festival. These snake boat races are the largest team sport in the world. The boat races are a visual delight for the tourists when they see huge boats rushing past each other creating a buzz of excitement among the tourists and the onlookers. Some other types of races which are held in Kerala backwaters are Payippad boat race, in the month of August or September, Champakulam Moolam boat race, in the month of July to September.
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