||90 Km/55 mile
Coast Cruise (House Boat) - Kumarkoam
[Casino Coconut Holiday Package ]
a Spice Coast cruise, your world is a spacious houseboat all your
own, your senses filling with silence and space, at their purest and
most alluring. So lean back on a cushion and glide beneath the
inverted bowl of the sky. Look outside, look within. Look beyond
both. The Japanese call it Satori. And its available here at your
Close your eyes a minute, and imagine. It is a clear evening on the
Vembanad Lake, the stars already burning bright in the brief
The lake's waters are an identical shade with the sky, creating a
seamless blue world edged with the bursting green of shoreside
forests, thick with coconut, cardamom, cinnamon and teak.
Wait long enough and you'll see a cluster of lights looming up.
Dancing fireflies that grow larger and resolve into a string of
hurricane lamps. The plump lines of a 'kettuvallom' take shape, its
cane-and-rope awnings flying rakishly, its silent hull gliding past
as if on wings of air. You catch a brief glimpse of yellow light and
warm interiors. And then the vision is gone, melting back into the
The 'kettuvallom' is the queen of the Kerala backwaters.
And on a Spice Coast Cruise, it becomes your floating home, providing
the best means of experiencing them that can possibly be imagined,
combining holidaying, pleasure-boating and ecological living in an
The backwaters have been marveled at by visitors from Vasco da Gama
onwards. Thick as a patchwork quilt around the port towns of Allepey
and Quilon, thinning out into liquid spears north towards Calicut,
and with the vast freshwater sea of the Vembanad as their
centerpiece, the backwaters are an ecology like no other on earth.
Some are no wider than an armspan, navigable only by canoe. Others are
dual carriageways, deep and rippling, sometimes broadening out into
vast misty lakes, sometimes curling into twisting wormturns, hemmed
by paddy fields and fed by a thousand fat streams from the high
ranges of the Spice Mountains to the east.
of three are experts who know the backwaters inside out. Not
surprisingly, since they were born here.
They're not polished service-industry types, far from it. Just
rough-and ready men who love their work and their guests.
They usually take turns at the tiller, the others fixing a meal,
keeping the engine in trim or making up your room.
Spice Coast Cruising takes place on solid little two-bedroom craft.
The fore area is an open lounge canopied with cane and rattan. All
the comforts of home abound, with queen-sized beds, tiled bathrooms
and modern plumbing. Even bookshelves, china tea services and an
armchair or two. Fans and lights are powered by solar panels on the
So all you need to do is relax, open your senses and submit to the
famed backwater magic.
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