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Kerala Backwaters

Kerala has many sights to offer. Back waters are one of those mesmerizing sights. Kerala backwaters are the network of lagoons and five large lakes linked by canals both manmade and natural ,lying parallel to the Arabian sea coast. Backwaters were formed by the action of waves and shore currents, creating low barrier islands across the mouths of the many rivers flowing down from the western Ghats range. These are widened part of rivers and bodies of water which lie along sea costs and in direct communication with sea. Another story popular among our ancestors, is a great flood in their generation shaped these backwaters. The great flood of 1866 AD silted up old harbors and led to the formations of lagoons like Lake Vembanad 83 km long, Lake Ashtamudy 16 km long and Lake Kayamkulam 30.5 km long.

These 900 km waterways facilitates both cargo movement and back water tourism. A houseboat usually has one or more bath attached bedrooms, an open lounge , deck, kitchen, and a crew comprising oarsmen, a cook, a guide.Backwater’s aqueous ecosystem continues its civilizing process for centuries. Many unique species of aquatic life including crab, frogs and mudskipper water birds such as terns, kingfisher, darters and cormorants and animals like otters and turtles live in along side the backwaters .plants like Palm trees ,shrubs adds the greenery to them. Some backwaters forms an agrarian community by using its water resources for irrigation. Here boat making has been a traditional craft, so has been the coir industry. During monsoon (June –September) the backwaters are active with Kerala’s own boat races featuring 130 feet long Chundan boats. These celebrations are part of Kerala’s prosperous festival called Onam. Up to 16 boats , with 100 rowers each compete for the honor during the race. Such a rejoicing race , thrilling not only the participants but the whole community on the banks of backwater, is a irreplaceable experience you can cherish. That why we say- slow down in Kerala else you must miss something.

Kerala Houseboat

Globes Travel has been in the forefront in providing custom-made travel packages to various destinations in and around India. Since its inception in 2004, Globes Travel had focussed on satisfying the customer needs and has aimed to achieve this by expanding its boundaries. As a crowning stroke, Globes is stretching and linking its arms with the most trusted and luxurious houseboats around the region and thereby imparting a heart-warming experience in the backwaters. Kerala, known for its scenic beauty, presents a visual treat and remains an everlasting memory for a viewer with its immense wealth of magnificent hills and mesmerizing backwaters. Just like the saying, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” the alluring and the heavenly beauty of the land is spread mouth-to-mouth and has brought many travellers across the world. One of the major tourist attractions, the Kerala backwaters is a labyrinth of many water bodies such as lakes, canals and lagoons that offer a serene travel experience as opposed to the humdrum city life. Back in the days, backwaters acted as a traditional waterway to transport goods in houseboats - locally known as ‘kettuvallam’- and now it was modernized to meet the ever-increasing demand of houseboat cruises.

Houseboats , the major attractions of Kerala backwaters are modified versions of traditional mode of transportation called “Kettuvallams”. With the emergence of modern transportation scenarios like motorized road, rail, air transportations etc “kettuvallams” disappeared behind curtains. Tourism brought them back to the scene. In Kerala’s regional tongue Malayalam “kettu” means to tie and “vallam” means boat. The wooden planks are held together using coir hence the name. These have thatched roof covers over wooden hulls. Houseboats are the inimitable craft we are proud of. In good olden days ,boats were the main means of transport of men and material in the Kerala backwaters. For royalty these boats were comfortable living quarters. Yes you are having a royal privilege that an ancient royal person had. That is Kerala “athidhi devo bhava” (guest is God) is our main motto. In some house boats , Kerala’s traditional food which is an exotic mixture of nature’s very best spices are offered. Rice, cassava , spicy fish dishes are some of them. Because of its accessibility to the most remote areas, toddy a kind of country liquor, sold in toddy shops along the banks could also be procured on request. A kettuvallam is about 67 feet in length and has a width of around 13 feet in the middle. Each houseboat is constructed using the ancient principles and techniques of boat building by the local carpenters using 'Anjili' wood. These have thatched roof covers over wooden hulls, and coir ropes are used for tightening the wooden planks together. The eco-friendly materials like bamboo poles, coconut fibre, ropes, bamboo mats, carpets, etc. are used in the making of a houseboat. These floating houses are furnished and are endowed with basic amenities. The most widely travelled backwater cruises include Alappuzha, Kollam, Kumarakom and Kuttanad; these houseboats glide through the vast expanse of backwaters.With the grandeur of a five-star hotel, houseboats transcend you to a different world; the warm breeze and the misty backwaters at dawn and gazing the moonlit stars at night would enhance the celestial experience. Take a detour to your roots and humble beginnings by witnessing the blooming vegetation and thriving villages as you dwell in the cozy houseboats. Ride in this modern cruise and embark on a journey that stays fresh in your heart eternally.

Premium & Luxury houseboats

Luxury Houseboats are the most luxurious boats in our catalogue. Though on the higher end, one can rest assured of a lavish cruise on the placid backwaters. With its plush interiors, aesthetically done up designs, huge lounge and spacious rooms, a cruise in the luxury houseboat offers a getaway that is comfortable. What you are going to enjoy is the feeling of being in the midst of all the comforts, though you are disconnected from the city. The premium houseboat is best for large groups, where the guests can lazily stretch themselves watching the sun or indulge in a book or catch up with music.These houseboats are air-conditioned and have quieter engines, prerequisites for a better sleep and overnight stay. Our guests prefer it for the state-of-the art facility and immense quality.In a Premium category houseboat A/c will be operated in the bedrooms whenever requested by the client during their stay onboard. Uniformed experienced staff conversant in English mans the boat. High quality crockery and glassware are used on the boat. Wherever possible environment-friendly practices are put to use and plastics are strictly not used. Locally available palm trees, areca nut trees, bamboos and other ethnic materials are used for the boat construction. Also local communities are encouraged to actively involve themselves in this venture. The services of professional cooks are available on the boat. And the menu offered by Rainbow Cruises is excellent and exotic. Solid wastes and sewage are not directly discharged into the water, bio-chemical alternatives are provided and having sewage treatment plant of its own. Excellent reading materials can also be accessed. Genuine " Kettuvalloms " - meaning hulls are stitched together.

Eco Friendly Houseboats

For the construction of these boats only eco- friendly materials like poles, coconut fiber, bamboo mats, carpets and Anjili (Artocarpus hirsute) wood are used. Solar energy is the main source of energy used here. Yes We take care of nature like we take care of you. Houseboats satisfying the essential conditions and adhering to eco friendly measures prescribed by the department of tourism will be awarded the „Green Palm Certification', a symbol of eco-friendliness-the top classification awarded by the department for eco friendly houseboats. Specifications for obtaining this certification include mainly non-discharge of solid wastes and sewage directly to the water; alternative arrangements for disposal of solid wastes and sewage by providing scientifically designed septic tanks or biochemical toilets, and use of environmentally-friendly materials and local employment.

Deluxe Houseboats

Though relatively easier on the pocket, Superior Houseboats compromise neither on the quality nor on the service. These houseboats offer almost the same facilities as that of a luxury houseboat, but at a more competitive price. The size of the houseboats are larger than the standard houseboats and are a notch higher when it comes to comfort. A large patio, cozy furniture and spacious bedrooms with attached bath are the features of the Superior Houseboats.. These are air-conditioned and well appointed with cozy and comfortable furniture. Superior Houseboats are preferred for family vacations and small gatherings as they come in competitive price. The houseboat features a well-appointed patio, bedrooms, attached bath and all modern amenities. All the safety and security concerns are also taken care of. This covers the quality of the houseboats – materials used for their construction, facilities offered by them, the quality of furniture, services, and the safety and security measures.

Standard houseboats (Aircon /Non Airconditioned /Punting)

Our Standard Houseboats are perfect for budget travellers looking for easy priced holiday options. They are clean, furnished and offers all the basic amenities. You will probably love it for the authentic charm it radiates. But not so for the non-availability of AC! But we see to it that you are comfortable and still have a pleasant stay.

What We Offer

We ensure to provide the best houseboat services to our guests. With a wide range of houseboats to choose from, we do not compromise on its quality. We also take care to customise the travel needs according to the guest, that too within their budget. We are 100% dependable and responsible for any inconveniences or grievances and we assure the safety of the travellers.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide an enthralling experience in the backwaters for the travellers of all walks of life. We also aim to attain customer satisfaction through our superior quality services.

Our Specialties

Tailor-made packages : We care for every other traveler, therefore we take special attention to customize our houseboat packages that befit their needs based on the budget and duration.