Day 05 - Drive Periyar to Kumarakom and board Houseboat (200 kms/04 hrs)
Morning you drive Kumarakom to board your private house boat for an overnight stay. A cruise along the beautiful backwater canals of Kerala, is a highlight of any Kerala tour. The converted rice barges or "Kettuvallams" sail along shallow, palm-fringed lakes and narrow canals where coconut and cashew are loaded onto dugouts. You pass villages built on narrow spits of land, stopping to visit local markets by bullock-cart, or to marvel at craftsmen engaged in centuries-old boat-making traditions.
The boats used in the Kerala backwaters, offer one or two cabins with a small sitting room and a crew of two staff and a chef. Onboard the cuisine is authentic Kerala cuisine, purchased fresh along the way. For most of the journey, the boat is poled, sailing only between dawn and dusk. Although the accommodation is a little on the basic side, this is an unforgettable experience.