The best way to explore Kerala’s backwaters? Onboard one of Kerala’s unique houseboats of course. Strong and bold, the only thing holding these boats together is rope. Yep, not a nail in sight, but don’t worry, they’re pretty sturdy. Once used to transport rice and goods through God’s own country, these stunning boats have now been converted into luxurious mobile hideaways on the water. Think crisp ethnic décor, polished wooden floors, spacious living spaces, and a gorgeous deck to sink into whilst enjoying the views.
Board your luxurious houseboat from the shores of the backwaters of Malabar, the undiscovered jewel of northern Kerala. Sail through the enchanting waters of beautiful southern India and uncover its secrets.
The rich, vibrant tones of the cushions and carefully-selected artwork add touches of colour to the white walls, and, with the dark wood floors and wonderfully welcoming cotton sheets, you won’t believe you’re on a houseboat in the middle of the Kerala backwaters when you step through to your living quarters. With rooms appropriately named ‘Sukhima’ and ‘Lalima’, their meanings of happiness and beauty have never summed up this unique experience better.
Why we like it
As you glide through small canals you’ll pass remote villages that are inaccessible by car. Watch life go by as children play in the waters, farmers shepherd thousands of ducks, rice is plucked from the paddy fields and fisherman silently fish by their lights at night. Truly the best way to get up close and personal in Kerala.