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What should I expect on a Kerala houseboat trip at Alleppey?

The first visualization that would pop up into the mind at the mention of a houseboat trip or a cruise would probably be the sparkle off a modern cruise boat but add Kerala in front of the “houseboat” or “cruise” and you have a novelty promising a spiritual and rejuvenating journey. India is a land of chaos and mystery, so it is only natural to wonder what is actually going to happen in one of the famous ” backwater houseboat cruises” of Kerala.

So what exactly is a houseboat?houseboat trip

Originating from the need for transporting men and materials on the Kerala backwaters, the houseboat has its origins in the “Kettuvallams”, made from local and eco friendly; bamboo poles, coconut fibre, ropes, bamboo mats, carpets etc. The onset of modern transportation  soon turned these into remodelled luxurious houseboats that are now one of the chief attractions of the tourists.

What makes it special?

While there may be five star resorts and other luxurious accommodations for experiencing a tranquil vacation, the houseboats offer a rustic experience, bringing the travellers in touch with the grandeur of nature.

What kind of amenities do I expect on it?

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Most of the latest designs incorporate bedrooms with toilets, a living space and kitchen. There are several variations ranging from lesser rooms to large living space and maybe a deck balcony at the roof level. Normally, the platforms that cantilever from the hull are used as balconies. Innovative changes have beenhouseboat trip made to accommodate modern fittings. The amenities vary depending upon the kind of package that you have chosen. Some of the facilities include dressing mirror, luggage compartment, writing table, wardrobe, attached bathrooms,television, music system, and air-conditioning.

How long do the cruises last?

There are two types of cruises: day cruises and overnight cruises. Usually the overnight cruise is suggested by most people. Check-in time for day cruise is approximately 11 am while checkout time is 5:00 pm. For overnight trip check-in is usually around 12 pm while checkout is next day 9:00 am (the timings vary with cruise operators). According to Govt regulations, Houseboats are usually not allowed to move from 5:30 pm to morning to allow fishermen to work, hence they are usually docked, near the banks, for the night.

What kind of cuisine does the Houseboats follow?

houseboat tripKerala houseboats in particular are famous for its reputation for good sea food. Of course, sea food anywhere is expensive but because of the proximity of the state to the seas and oceans, sea food tends to be cheaper in Kerala. But depending on your budget and liking, food served in Kerala houseboats can vary. However, most often the houseboat foods includes fish and vegetarian food because that is what is most often demanded by the customers. Breakfast in houseboats in Kerala mostly comprise of the quintessential south Indian houseboat tripfoods such as idly, dosa, sambar, with hot tea or coffee. During lunch most of the times, the menu will include foods such as different kinds of fish fry and they are also accompanied with different kinds of chutneys, papad and different kinds of sweets. During most evenings in the house boats, the passengers are given tea and other snacks which may or may not be south Indian. They could be from different parts of the country depending upon the kind of Kerala house boat package you have chosen.

 Do I get alcoholic drinks on the Houseboat?

The stringent licensing requirements by the Kerala State Government has its effects on the houseboats and consequently the boats do not have a bar or stock alcohol. Some cruise operators maybe okay with you carrying your own alcohol , or buying (at request) you beer from the local shops.

Which is the best time to go for a Houseboat Cruise?

houseboat tripThe pleasant and equable climate of Kerala makes it a favorable place to visit throughout the entire year. Winter and summer (October to March) are the peak tourist seasons. A cruise in the houseboats on the backwaters of Kerala, or experiencing the beauty of sunset over the Arabian sea from Kovalam beach during summer and boating in the Thekkady lake, or trekking the highlands of Kerala during winter,all are sure to be experiences worthy of being cherished throughout life. But for those, who really want to enjoy the day under the cloudy sky, and feel the bracing scent of the wet soil, revitalizing the body, mind and soul, monsoons are meant for you.

 

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10 Authentic, Must Try Kerala Dishes

Kerala, ‘The land of spices’, has no paucity when it comes to delectable varieties of authentic  Kerala dishes. With copious amounts of spices and seasonings topped by the touch of coconut flavor, each dish vies for the attention of a traveller’s taste buds.  

Here are 10 of the must try dishes of the authentic Kerala Cuisine:

Appam with stew

kerala dishesAppam is one of the famous Kerala dishes made from fermented rice flour and coconut milk. It’s similar to a thin pancake with crispy edges. These crepe-like bowls are made from fermented rice flour, coconut milk, coconut water and a little sugar. Ishtu or stew is a derivative of the European stew and consists of coconut milk, cinnamon, cloves and shallots, eaten with appams. The stew may also feature mango pieces, vegetables, chicken or lamb. The addition of aromatic whole spices, ginger and fresh coconut milk enhance the natural flavor of the vegetables. The crucial ingredient is fresh coconut milk, which lends a sweet flavor.

Karimeen pollichathu (fish)

kerala dishesThis is one of Kerala’s traditional delicacies. Karimeen or pearl spot fish is a speckled fish commonly found in the backwaters of this state. This is traditionally a Syrian Christian delicacy but has become part of Kerala’s rich cuisine. Pearl spot fish is marinated in a mixture of lemon juice, red chillies, and other ingredients, wrapped and baked in plantain leaves, giving it a unique flavour.

 

Puttu and kadala curry

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This is a breakfast staple eaten all over the state. Puttu is a cylindrical steamed rice cake cooked in a mould with grated coconut. It’s usually served with kadala curry, a dish of black chickpeas made with shallots, spices and coconut milk, that can also be served with ripe bananas and grated coconut.

Erissery or pumpkin and lentil curry

kerala dishesThis is a popular curry in Kerala, made from either raw plantains or sliced yams. It also usually includes slightly sweet pumpkin that has been boiled in water with salt, chillies or pepper, dried lentils, grated coconut, turmeric powder, cumin seeds and garlic, served on a bed of rice. It appears on most menus at religious festivals like Onam.

Palada payasam (dessert)

A sweet rice kheer prepared with palada is a delicacy made in almost all Kerala households during the festival of Onam and many other special occasions. There are many variations of it, however, the traditional recipe uses only basic ingredients like rice ada, milk, sugar and ghee. Rice ada is easily available in Indian Kerala grocery stores.

Malabar Parotta with Kerala beef curry

kerala dishesLayered flat bread that originated in the Malabar region called Parotta is made by kneading maida (plain flour), egg (in some recipes), oil or ghee and water. The dough is beaten and later shaped into a spiral with thin layers. The ball is rolled flat and roasted into a Parotta with ghee. This is then eaten with beef curry – pieces of beef simmered in a curry made with tomatoes, onions, garlic and spices like bay leaves, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, black peppercorns and star anise.

Kerala prawn curry (chemmeen curry)

This is a signature dish of the state – a prawn curry from the Malabar region made with a blend of fenugreek, black mustard and fennel seeds, coconut milk and green chilli. It also includes a special ingredient called kudampuli (also known as brindleberry) to give it a sour taste, plus it uses marinated prawns, drumsticks and raw mango to give it a spicy, tangy flavour.

Thalassery biriyani

kerala dishesA rice biriyani is the most common dish of the Muslim community. Thalassery sea port was a centre for the export of spices where European, Arab and Malabar cultures came together and influenced the cuisine. Thalassery biriyani uses a unique, fragrant, small-grained, thin rice variety named kaima. The biriyani masala and cooked rice are arranged in layers inside the dish. Meat is cooked with the masala on a low heat and layered with rice before the lid of the container is sealed with dough. Hot coal or charcoal is then placed above the lid.

Fish moilee

kerala dishesOne of the most well known Kerala dishes, the fish stew is a dish made with coconut milk, which is a typical Syrian Christian delicacy. The curry is usually prepared in a traditional manchatti (earthen vessel) and stews lightly fried fish in coconut milk, and spices like turmeric, pepper, cinnamon and cloves along with fresh green chillies to give it a tangy taste. The fish (usually kingfish or seer fish) is marinated with oil, turmeric, red chili powder, lemon juice and salt for 30 minutes before being used in the curry.

 

Banana fritters (dessert)
One of the most common tea time snack in the variety of Kerala dishes available, 
Pazham pori
or Ethakka appam or juicy banana fritters feature as a kerala dishestraditional tea time snack. They’re available throughout Kerala and are simply ripe bananas coated with plain flour and deep-fried in oil.

 

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PARVATHY-A woman’s take on bringing  you perfect houseboat Cruise

cruise op of the month.jpg“I really feel that people must, they just, must take a whiff of this amazingly fresh air. It is nothing short of magical! In a world that is fast paced; with vacations that can end up leaving you more tired than you were before, this fresh air rejuvenates. It really is not just about the scenic beauty, it truly brings tranquility to the soul!” Parvathy , the backbone of the Pournami Houseboats of the Alleppey backwaters, says with her eyes gleaming with childlike excitement.

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Parvathy is an exemplary image of the modern woman entrepreneur in an area that is largely driven by men. Having completed her Masters in Computer Applications and worked in the corporate IT world, she is one among the very few men and women who have sought to discover their individuality and create success from scratch.unnamed.jpg

Pournami Houseboats which now branches out under the Spring Bay Holidays Pvt. Ltd. is located at the Finishing Point Road, OPP KSRTC Bus Stand in Alappuzha, Kerala. What began as a new venture in the year 2007, has, after many ups and downs, become one of the sought after cruise operators (with amazing reviews in tripadvisor) in the backwaters of Alleppey with several Houseboats under them.

How did it all begin, the houseboats, Pournami…cruises…?

I believe that it all sort of started unraveling in front of us from the point in time that we came into a bit of ancestral inheritance. There was a lot of talk about building a house and the usual stereotyped things. Having come across Dr.Spencer’s “Who Moved My Cheese”, the idea of taking risks and putting money for further growth sprouted in our heads.

We got a two bedroom houseboat back then and initially it was actually given out for rental use by cruise operators already in the market.

What made you go from rentals into a full-fledged cruise operator?

Owning a houseboat might sound cool but trust me when it comes to maintaining it, it’s not all that a colourful picture. It’s simply a regular life situation, nobody is going to take care of your stuff as well as you might. At the end of the day, we were stuck in a real fine mess of repairs and the fact is maintaining a house boat consumes a fair amount of money. Soon we were losing more than what we were investing. That’s when we figured out that we were going about it the wrong way and it’s time to step up and do things differently.

Did you face difficulty when you started renting out the houseboat yourself, or was it an easy ride?

Oh definitely! Some major hurdles did come our way. One of them stemming from the fact that we were utterly new in the business. There were already a lot of people in the market and it was really a mammoth effort to figure out how to reel in the customers. At the particular time, word of mouth was the definitive approach for promoting the business. It was in fact a major low point in our lives too.  We have our manager Vinod who is the pillar of Pournami right from the beginning, he gave the momentum to Pournami as he was experienced in hospitality. The best thing is we still have all the employees that we started out with.

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Things have undeniably transformed over the past years.But those were years of sleeplessness

Is house boat tourism an easy business once you cross the initial hiccups?

“I wish I could tell you that it was all hunky-dory” says Parvathy laughing out loud. Till the previous

year I used to sleep with the phone constantly next to my pillow. Running a houseboat is nothing short of taking care of a baby. It’s really important to make sure the customers are satisfied and there is a lot of background work that goes into it. The AC might not work suddenly due to power hitches, or there may be several similar minor issues that might require getting a technician to the spot to fix it, be it in the middle of the night. One thing everyone has to remember is that ultimately this is a structure that stays on water at all times; problems are bound to occur but the effort is in making sure that the customers are provided perfection.

What kind of concerns do travellers usually have regarding booking of a houseboat and how does it affect you?

Most of the times the problem arises if the photograph that the travellers have seen do not match the houseboat actually provided to them, so we usually put in a lot of effort to maintain the standard and appearance of the boat and also to provide an exact match. Being unpredictable as it is with inanimate things there are times when there may be issues with a provided houseboat and we may have to replace them with another. Not everyone is ready to adjust even if the quality is exceptional. Other issues involve high expectations like enquiries about a Jacuzzi since the rate is high.

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Nowadays there are many agents offering the same things in the package like a menu for much lesser rates but lesser quality as well which the customer is not aware of; so it’s always a matter of concern for the customers as to why the prices are more here.

What are the high points and low points that Pournami Houseboats has faced in its journey?

The low point would probably be during the last June-July period. The heavy monsoon rains caused a lot of customers to turn away from this region. Monsoon time being an off season is usually a pretty tough time since the expenses keep popping up along with the salaries whether sailing or not.

The high point was a recent trip that was booked by a factory owner in Coimbatore for his family and employees with around 125 people. The success of this trip was that it came with no complaints and no issues.

How has the houseboat tourism transformed over the years?

As I mentioned earlier, the business usually came locally especially through walk in enquiries when we started off but the present scenario has changed drastically. Online enquiries and booking have become the trend. People’s’ expectation in terms of comfort and requirements have changed.

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Everyone has a website and booking system irrespective of whether they are houseboat owners or not. The competition in the market is high and everyone is in their best of forms.

What makes Pournami different from others?

I really believe that the quality that we provide comes in a big way from our staff. Our staff is the

biggest asset we have. We make it a point to provide the most cordial service to the travellers. It’s a mood killer if the facilities are good and the staff are bad. We consider customer satisfaction to be our prime objective. The reviews that they give matter to us a lot, we try to improve upon every aspect with every suggestion and opinion.

What are the things you feel, needs to be addressed for the smoother movement of houseboat tourism?

I genuinely feel that there should be a clear discrimination between houseboat owners and brokers. Usually the owners have licenses registered that can be verified.

The second major trying issue at hand is the liquor ban in Kerala. It is adversely affecting the backwater tourism especially in terms of domestic market.

There should also be measures to check the bird flu scares that put off a lot of travellers from visiting here.

I also think that a few sloppy houseboat owners or operators who do not pay attention to maintenance apart from employing inexperienced staff affect accidents on the backwaters resulting in a lot of negative impression in tourists’ eyes. Stringent rules should be taken against such people.


How do you think the houseboat tourism is affecting the environment and how effective is ecotourism?

Having grown up in Alleppey, I can proudly say that the presence of houseboats here has definitely not polluted the waters of Alleppey. Waste management is of the utmost priority when anyone sets adrift here.

With the influx of huge number of tourists into the regions, how do the native people perceive and feel about it?

Oh the change has been truly overwhelming. The financial state of the people in and around the region has shot up. Most of the homes here have transformed into homestays, parking and so on.

People are looking ways and means to profit from the boom.Another notable transformation is the presence of Tourism police in every nook and corner. People can walk around anywhere, any time with their eyes shut.

How safe do you think Kerala is in comparison with the rest of India in terms of tourism?

In the initial days, tourism was something new for the natives here. They were seeing different cultures, different sense of dressing and kinds of people from all over the world. It did create quite a raucous amongst the localities. The curiosity and the problems lasted only while the whole concept was new. Now everyone has understood the importance of tourism for personal progress and have started acting accordingly.

A pleasing personality accompanied by an ever ready smile, Parvathy is filled with passion for the backwaters and wants the world to see the beauty and the overwhelming serenity she perceives. At the same time, she manages to create a realistic angle when it comes to the hard work and effort that goes into putting out each of these majestic beauties out on the water.

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Booking Houseboats with Backwaterbreaks.com

IMG_9180.jpgBackwaterbreaks.com, with its roots in Sutton, UK, is a first of its kind platform providing an online marketplace for local travel / holiday business owners in Kerala, India to list their houseboats, home stays etc. and rent it out to travellers around the world in a cost effective manner.

Backwaterbreaks.com lets travellers search, gain knowledge of, and generate a holiday with one or more listings available and book it on-line. The travellers can thus book their own perfect holiday at the local market price falling within the budgetary constraints. Vacationers all over the world who are looking for a respite from the chaotic buzz of life are thus empowered to select their dream cruise with no worries about the authenticity of the cruise operator or the quality of the services provided.

The Different Types of Houseboats Available for Cruise

Deluxe Houseboats:  which includes facilities such as front living area and bedrooms with a beautiful wooden ceiling with overlapping logs to give it a contemporary feel. The bedrooms of the deluxe A/c Houseboat have complete glass windows stretching across most of the wall to offer the guests a complete and uninterrupted view of the backwaters while travelling. It is  less expensive and can have AC operational from 9pm to 6 am and a common menu.

Premium Houseboats: has all the facilities as above in addition to an Ac functioning full time as well as a special menu .

Luxury Houseboats: provide high quality service matched by high finesse and a contemporary feel. The bedrooms of the Luxury A/c Houseboat have complete glass windows stretching across 3/4th of the wall to offer the guests a complete and uninterrupted .view of the backwaters while traveling Each bed in the Luxury A/c Houseboat is located at the exact height of the window, so the guest gets a good view even while lying on the bed. Each room in the Luxury A/c Houseboat has a dressing mirror, luggage compartment, writing table, wardrobe, attached bathrooms and air-conditioning.Few operators provide such grandiose services.

Kerala houseboats are  of excellent construction and luxurious furnishing with exquisite flooring, hull and canopy. They are in the best of conditions, usually with a sun deck, spacious living / dining area and each rooms with attached bathrooms. The kitchen are maintained with utmost cleanliness and protected from hazards using adequate safety measures.  Each of the boats come with a valid license from the tourism board.

 

Why Backwaterbreaks.com?

There are a zillion cruise operators who offer houseboat services. They often offer it as a part of packages via tie ups with tour operators or directly lease out right at the deck or by providing information online. The prices usually varies according to season and festivities. Backwaterbreaks.com helps to solve the problem of determining the best of services and genuineness of the offers.

Booking a Houseboat with Backwaterbreaks.com

At backwaterbreaks.com, the numerous cruise operators register with the website providing their information and the details of their houseboats and services including photographs of each vessel offered for a cruise and the corresponding seasonal rates.

These details are cross verified by the backwaterbreaks team. You can find the cruise matching your criteria including the one falling within your budget and book it online using your debit/credit card through our secure payment system.

Searching for the right kind of boat:

Backwaterbreaks.com give the  traveller the power to choose the houseboat that suits their needs at just a click away

The process is simple and requires you to open backwaterbreaks.com, enter the date you wish to commence your travel and the number of fellow travellers. Our efficient search engine brings you the required details at the click of your finger. If the dates don’t work for you or the number of people travelling went wrong; you can always modify your search on the results page. If you are considering a multi day cruise, you can always specify it with the checkout date while adding the houseboat to the cart. You can now specify the checkout time as well.

Payment Process:

This is followed by the sign up process for the backwaterbreaks account via your E-mail or Facebook account in order to enter your payment details for the items in your cart, which would be authorized by Backwaterbreaks. You can and view prices and make the payment in your local currency.

Once the cruise operator accepts and confirms your reservation will we collect the booking amount from you. The moment you are destined to vacation in the said houseboat, we at backwaterbreaks, will open channels of communication between you and your houseboat’s cruise operator by providing you with the cruise operator contact details as well as the backwaterbreaks customer support number.

You can always cancel the booking with the cancel option in your backwaterbreaks.com profile page if you ever decide to change your mind; keeping in mind the cancellation policies of backwaterbreaks.com

Availing the Services:

The minute you reach your destination, the cruise operator will be ready to you and take you on the exciting cruise that you were eagerly waiting for. If there is a delay by the cruise operator, you can either contact the cruise operator or the backwaterbreaks customer support team. At backwaterbreaks.com, we deliver what we promise, if not more, hence if there ever is a no show by the cruise operator, backwaterbreaks will make sure that your expectations are met with another cruise operator with quite the same features as the one you had booked

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Kerala Houseboats

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The scintillating backwaters of Kerala  are a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast (known as the Malabar Coast) of Kerala state in southern India. The network includes five large lakes linked by canals, both manmade and natural, fed by 38 rivers, and extending virtually half the length of Kerala state. The 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. In the recent past Kerala Houseboats afloat in these brackish waters, have been a major attraction for tourist from all around the world.

Kettuvallams

Traditionally, boats of varying shapes and sizes have been used in the transport of men and materials on the Kerala Backwaters. The “Kettuvallam” in particular were popular for the shipping of rice and spices and other goods between Kuttanad and the Cochin port. A Kettuvallam is about 67 feet in length and has a width of around 13 feet in the middle. The materials used in the construction of the Kettuvallam are local and eco friendly; bamboo poles, coconut fibre, ropes, bamboo mats, carpets etc. The main wood used is “Anjili” (Artocarpus hirsuta).

‘Kettuvallam’ means, ‘stitched boat’ and can be over 70 ft long and possesses a capacity of 30 tons. They are made up of wooden planks joined and stitched together with coconut ropes and is painted with cashew nut oil from inside and fish oil on the outside. Everything used in these boats are handmade and not even a single nail is used in its construction. However, with careful maintenance they do last for generations and one can see ‘Kettuvallams’ that are more than a century old. In the earlier days, boatmen on long journeys usually  caught fresh backwater fish such as ‘karimeen’ (pearl spot) and ‘kalangi’ (barramundi) and feasted on non perishable food supplies such as lentils and local large grained red rice flavoured by inexpensive spices such as coriander, ginger, dried chillies, turmeric and black mustard seeds.

With the advent of modern transportation, the  ’Ketuvallams’  soon faced a downward spiral in business. until they were redeemed by the tourism industry and were remodeled into the luxurious houseboats that are now one of the chief attractions of the tourists.

House Boats for Tourism

The year 1991 saw the advent of houseboats used for the purpose of tourism with Tour India  pioneering the development of backwater tourism by introducing first Kettuvallam Houseboat (Rice Boat) for comfortable cruise in the canals

Most of the latest designs incorporate 3 bedrooms with toilets, a living space and kitchen. There are several variations ranging from lesser rooms to large living space and maybe a deck balcony at the roof level. Normally, the platforms that cantilever from the hull are used as balconies. Innovative changes have been made to accommodate modern fittings. For fixing the toilet seats, shower tray and ceramic floor finish a concrete slab is laid at the floor level. These toilettes are made of steel cabinets with a network of steel meshes on which beneficial bacteria are grown with the help of a catalyst named actizyme.

The three main types of houseboats currently used in the backwater tourism are the:

Deluxe Houseboats:  which includes facilities such as front living area and bedrooms with a beautiful wooden ceiling with overlapping logs to give it a contemporary feel. The bedrooms of the deluxe A/c Houseboat have complete glass windows stretching across most of the wall to offer the guests a complete and uninterrupted view of the backwaters while travelling. It is  less expensive and can have AC operational from 9pm to 6 am and a common menu.

Premium Houseboats: has all the facilities as above in addition to an Ac functioning full time as well as a special menu .

Luxury Houseboats: provide high quality service matched by high finesse and a contemporary feel. The bedrooms of the Luxury A/c Houseboat have complete glass windows stretching across ¾ths of the wall to offer the guests a complete and uninterrupted .view of the backwaters while traveling Each bed in the Luxury A/c Houseboat is located at the exact height of the window, so the guest gets a good view even while lying on the bed. Each room in the Luxury A/c Houseboat has a dressing mirror, luggage compartment, writing table, wardrobe, attached bathrooms and air-conditioning.Few operators provide such grandiose services.

Kerala houseboats are  of excellent construction and luxurious furnishing with exquisite flooring, hull and canopy. They are in the best of conditions, usually with a sun deck, spacious living / dining area and each rooms with attached bathrooms. The kitchen are maintained with utmost cleanliness and protected from hazards using adequate safety measures.  Each of the boats come with a valid license from the tourism board.

Booking a Houseboat

Conventional Method:

There are two types of cruises: day cruises and overnight cruises. Usually the overnight cruise is suggested by most people.

There are a zillion cruise operators who offer houseboat services. They often offer it as a part of packages via tieups with tour operators or directly lease out right at the deck or by providing information online. The prices usually varies according to season and festivities. The biggest problem is determining the best of services and genuineness of the offers.

Backwaterbreaks.com 

At backwaterbreaks.com, these numerous cruise operators register with the website providing their information and the details of their houseboats and services including photographs of each vessel offered for a cruise and the corresponding seasonal rates. These details are cross verified by the backwaterbreaks team.This enables the traveller to compare rates as well as the quality of the services provided and book the required houseboat sitting in the comfort of their homes. Once the houseboats are booked, the traveller will receive the contact details of the corresponding cruise operator and can further customise any prior requirements. In short, backwaterbreaks.com provides a smart alternative to leverage houseboat booking to  a global level.

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