How To Book A Houseboat In Kerala – A Complete Guide
One of the main activities to enjoy in Kerala is a houseboat ride on the backwaters of the land. Are you planning to enjoy a houseboat ride in Kerala?
Here is everything you need to know about How to hire a houseboat in Kerala and enjoying a backwater vacation.
Which Is The Best Route To Enjoy In A Houseboat?
The best route of all in the state to enjoy a houseboat cruise is the Kumarakom. It gives a wide area to explore and much wider canals filled with coconut grooves, paddy fields and much more. When it comes to Alleppey cruise, you get to enjoy the culture of the land, in addition with the cruise. Alleppey is used as the local transportation route and Kumarakom is a secluded one. These two routes are the best routes to cover in houseboat.
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What Are All The Available Routes For Houseboat Cruise?
- Alleppey to Kuttanad – Famous for narrow backwaters covered by paddy fields and rich with village life.
- Alleppey to Kumarakom – Famous luxurious route, covering birdwatching spots, wider canals and large areas to explore.
- Alleppey to Alumkadavu – Famous for overnight cruises and long trips covering exotic natural beauties.
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How Much Does It Cost To Hire The Houseboat?
The cost of the houseboat varies with the size of the houseboat and with season. During winter season (October to March), the prices will be sky-high. In general, the charge for a houseboat varies from 5,500 INR to 18,000 INR for day trip. For overnight cruise, the cost starts from 20,000 INR. If you were choosing houseboat cruises with additional activities like fishing, romantic dinner and others, additional charges would be imposed. The cost of the houseboat also changes with the luxury element. Houseboats with romantic dining area, AC bedrooms and others will cost very high than normal houseboats.
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Which Is The Most Beautiful Time To Hire Houseboats?
In terms of season, it is best to hire houseboats during winter, which starts in October and ends in March. When it comes to choosing between day cruise and overnight cruise, it depends entirely on your budget and the style of vacation you are planning. Overnight cruises are quite romantic and you can be alone in the paradise. Day cruises will be very happening, as you get to watch many activities. There are numerous houseboats, which allows overnight stay along with day cruise. Such boats includes meals, bedroom and other amenities. However, the 5:30 rule applies for the boats and thus, you would be anchored near the backwaters for the night.
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How Safe Is A Houseboat?
Houseboats are just crafted wooden boats made with planks from Anjili tree, a local tree. The government of Kerala has taken many measures to increase the quality of the houseboats. Periodic audits and on-board inspections are conducted and only skilled boatmen are allowed to maneuver houseboats. The houseboats have emergency alarm button for cases of emergency. The height of railings are recommended to be increased from the regular height, recently. (Source)
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What Kind Of Activities Are Included Along With Houseboat Cruise?
Along with houseboat cruise, you get to enjoy a series of activities based on the type of package and the style of houseboat you are choosing. Top activities to enjoy are fishing, swimming, tasting traditional Kerala cuisine, trying toddy drink and so on.
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What Is The Difference Between Water Taxi And Houseboat?
Water taxi runs between Alleppey and Kollam, which would cost just 300 INR to cover the same route as most of the houseboats. However, the experience is different. The ferries pack up with tourists and go on a noisy ride. There is no romance or passion in those rides. You are stuck up in budget; you could choose water taxi over houseboats. However, if you are looking for a relaxed vacation, it is best to stick with houseboats.
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How To Hire A Houseboat?
Always book in advance via websites or through tour operators providing houseboat services. You can do also spot booking but you might end up with a low quality boat or pay higher price due to increase in demand. With tour operators, you can choose houseboats based on your budget and learn about all the amenities inside the boat, itinerary of the boat ride and others, prior to payment.
How Long Can I Rent A Houseboat?
The usual check-in and check-out timing of most of the houseboat is 12 noon. As per the government rules, the houseboats should be anchored by 5:30 pm. In case of choosing day cruise with houseboats, you can rent them from 10:30 am to 5 pm. If you are looking for spending the entire vacation inside a houseboat, it is all about the type of package you are choosing.
Overnight cruises can be rented for 22 hours per day. Day cruises can be rented for 7.5 hours from 11 am to 5:30 pm.
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