When a traveler steps out after an astonishing experience leaving the Kumarakom Houseboat Stay, “thank you for such a wonderful cruise & stay, it was so beautiful that we like to stay forever, how come the time elapsed so quickly, it was almost unreal world altogether, it was supercalifragilisticexpialidocious !” are the words we usually hear. Since then we have been wondering why/how they enjoyed their Kumarakom Houseboat stay so much!
We ascribed them all in the random order as they emerged in out thoughts. And that is what we share with you today.
Having the whole Kumarakom houseboat to yourself
Even though most of travelers had have experienced world class hospitality in world & Kerala, a private Kumarakom Houseboat exclusively for thyself would be a different experience. A competent navigator to guide you to heading you fix on the backwater routes, an onboard chef who is keen to take orders of your menu any time. Your day onboard the Kumarakom Houseboat stay would be no less than a private yatch tours in Mediterranean. Your first experience on a Kumarakom houseboat stay would be out of this world! If the weather was awesome and you hardly would ever budged from the deck!
Just ask any crew onboard the Kumarakom Houseboat, for how long are they been in this profession of backwater cruising and chances they would tell you something like 10 years, 15 years, 7 years or so. People work there for a long time and it greatly reflects in the way they take care of travelers. Our guess is that their sheer passion for cruising, the love for backwaters & good knowledge of the culture. Going an extra mile to make travelers happy rather than adhering to strict rules is the reason.
Ethnic & authentic Kumarakom cuisines
Don’t get carried away by the mesmerizing beauty of backwaters wander down to the lower deck of Kumarakom Houseboat for to try the authentic lunch. Which included Karimeen masala fry (with pearl spot fish), kingfish curry, Alleppey prawn curry, rice, avial (vegetables mixed with shredded coconut), mixed vegetable thoran, pineapple chutney, and papadum (a thin, crisp round flatbread). As the meals provided on the houseboat are tailored to tourists, they can run the gamut between Northern and Southern Indian specialties (which can be nice if you’re not traveling up north and still want your fix of butter chicken and samosas). However, if you are looking for meals to be more regional (as I was), simply chat with the team you’re booking the boat through; they will be able to tailor the menu for you.
Again for dinner , tear yourself away from the upper deck of Kumarakom Houseboat and make it down for dinner: grilled tiger prawns, crab roast, chicken coconut fry, bindi (okra), Kerala mutton curry, mackerel fish fry, rice, lemon dal, Kerala paratha (layered flatbread) and cut fruits.
Presidential Houseboat for laymen
Then President of India Mrs. P Patil & family had Kumarakom Houseboat stay & cruise on 14 Aug 2010. It was told that that she & her family stayed at the presidential Houseboat and the Houseboat is actually fit for royalty & dignitaries! Among other things, it has its jaccuzi!
The Beautiful Backwaters at Kumarakom
The Kumarakom Backwater is a web of alluring waters which offers glimpses of the brackish lagoon, luring the hearts of many here. You can view the mighty Vembanad lake from various angles while on Kumarakom Houseboat stay. Visitors love to explore the charm of the emerald waters shaded by undisturbed mangroves and traditional villages in the horizon. The Backwater Routes offer vistas that are hard to describe (or even capture their brilliance to film) and the sense of calm that wraps around you while you watch the breezy paddy fields, fishing villages, and palm-fringed panoramas drift by is nothing short of prescription-strength. Kumarakom Houseboat stay not only lets you experience the breathtaking beauty of the backwaters but also offers the much-needed pampering and refreshing experience that you may need on your holiday.
Heritage & Cultural aspects of Kumarakom Houseboats
Long before the coming of the rail and the road, waterways were the best mode of transport. Kuttanadan rice was transported to nearby markets of Kottayam, Kollam and cochin by long rice boats which just had a small hut for the boatman called Kettuvallams. The houseboats were earlier the cargo carriers and they were in use for the same purpose of transporting. Now they have become the most electrifying tourism creation in India , and have been name and utilized as the luxurious decorated furnished houseboat. A kettuvallom known locally usually has one or two bath attached bedrooms, which can comfortably accommodate a family. It also has an open lounge, and a deck so that you can lie or sit outside being restful and get the pleasure of nature of Kerala, Displaying an exclusive tradition the kettuvalloms of Kerala are massive country vessels, measuring about 120 feet in extent. It takes great ability and diligence to create these enormous structures by knotting huge planks of jack wood /Anjili together. It can even surprise many that not even a single nail has been used to construct the houseboats. One can best explore the heritage of Kerala neither by any tourist guide, nor by any travelogue. You hardly have to make any strenuous effort to walk around the scenic exquisiteness of Kerala with Kumarakom Houseboat stay. For a total Backwater experience traverse the canals and anchor in the middle of the backwater lakes on a house boat – spend the night under the star lit sky, listening to the slash of water on to the boat.
Kumarakom Houseboat stay ambiance
Kumarakom Houseboat stay has that potential to make your ordinary holidays into a fabulous one. In addition, one can undoubtedly agree to it. The houseboats in Kumarakom help the mind to relax and rejuvenate properly. The peace that one gains by settling down amidst the beautiful backwaters of Kerala is soothing enough to energize an individual for his daily schedule after the holidays. You can do angling onboard Kumarakom houseboat stay after learning the tricks from houseboat crew, whom are more than happy to teach even the smallest kid!
The other wonderment of Kumarakom Houseboat stay is Chinese fishing nets [ the iconic landmark of Kochi] which stand on the northern part of Kumarakom. Tens to fifties of lights starts shimmering in every evening when small groups of fishermen standing on thick, long dead tree trunks of this curious trigonometric widget are seen heaving/throwing a bunch of ropes that gently lifts the half-immersed nets, bringing out a handful of fish that seem too small for the size of the net. The slow rhythm of its operation is quite hypnotic & mesmerizing.
Sun set cruise
Cruise along Kerala’s backwaters to sample a slice of life in harmony with nature that most travelers give a miss. Since Kumarakom located on the eastern shore of Vembanad Lake , watching sun set gazing towards west is most memorable and definitely a treat for the eyes. Later in the day, don’t miss the sunset cruise. So, enjoy same at Kumarakom and you can watch the sun descend into the shadows of the great picturesque Vembanad lake.
Country Boat Cruise
A country boat is the perfect option if you are looking to learn more about the people & culture of rural Kumarakom. This canoeing will be of great help in understanding the rural life of the people of Kumarakom backwaters. The people living near the backwaters have their own cultural values, lifestyles and are conformists to the core. Ferrying a country boat to these places will surely make your Kumarakom Houseboat stay more memorable. The Chinese fishnets and the green paddy fields present a panoramic view from the country boats. The rustic homes and the ever influential coconut palms adds more beauty to these villages. Drifting along these waterways in the country boat will surely make your trip more memorable.