The river queen house boats is really an experience in its own that cannot be imitated anywhere. It was a part of our 7 day tour in the greeneries ( arranged by Antilog vacations which gave a very good service).We stayed at many places but this was different. Traditionally the houseboats have been called Kettuvallam in Kerala which literally means a boat that is completely made by tying together some pieces of wood.
Unbelievable as it sounds, not even a single bolt or nail is ever used in the making of a housed boat, The Kettuvallam. Wooden planks or the Jack wood planks are joined together with the help of a coir rope and are then coated with a black resin made from boiled cashew nut shells.
Cruising relaxingly along the backwaters of Kerala is a completely unforgettable experience. If someone has not experienced it you must. Here what they are providing is a golden opportunity to experience it at a fraction of the original cost as nowadays they are providing discounts.
You can get in any House Boat that is of your liking and ride down the cool and calm waters of their world famous backwaters. You also get to have a merry time and get back to your home either the same day or after spending a wonderful night or as well out floating around in the backwaters.
The House Boats here are huge & slow moving but are purely exotic boats that are designed for sheer leisure and relaxing trips. Formerly these House Boats were used to ship rice in this state. Also spices and other goods were shipped between Kuttanad and the Cochin port through house boats. It used to be a three-day back affair in those days. A standard House Boat which can be easily about 100 feet long, could hold up to 30 tons of goods or people that is as much as three very big lorries can carry.
Some have bad experiences with houseboat & I think issue lies with what travel agent u r enrolling.dealing directly with houseboat owners is a taboo & one should avoid it. We had a wonderful experience & avoided any mishappenings and bad service that is so hear of on some travel forums
All the best, have a good time here !
RQ Houseboats : They are worth it despite whatever criticism they’ve got
Female , 4 stars,oct,couple
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- River Queen Houseboats Kerala/Alappuzha, India