Spice Coast Cruises Experience

Experiential Stay | Cruise

(Nivalink Trip Dated - 19 April 2004)
(Nivalink Trip Dated - 29 September 2006)

Alleppey backwaters are home to a unique concept of a houseboat cruise (often alsoreferred as “Ketuvallam” or “Riceboat’). Original Houseboats that floated in late 1990s and early 200s were smaller and could navigate in narrower canals. Then experiential traveler was the principal patron of such houseboats which were later termed ‘Standard” Houseboats (as against Deluxe, Premium and Elitaire that came later).

Over the years with Kerala tourism becoming more mainstream and as more family traveler began to arrive, newer houseboats that came on were bigger and wider with Some even sporting 5 bedrooms (Incredibly there are 10 bedroom, conference boats, party boats as well !!). This was done at a compromise as these boats could not go deeper into narrower canals and capture backwter lifestyle as close as it used to do earlier.

CGH Spice Boat Cruises is one that still continues with a fleet of much smaller boats that focuses on a backwater experience as it used to be. CGH Spice Boat Cruises unlike many other boats in the area is run completely on eco-tourism lines with elements like use of Solar power, waste management, local sourcing of ingredients etc.

Cuisine at CGH Spice Boat Cruises is always a well-researched Kerala cuisine, adapted to guest’s tastes and preferences. The route taken is typically one that avoids more crowded areas and where guests can get an upclose experience of the life around backwater canals. CGH Spice Boat Cruises is one to recommend for an experiential eco-tourism traveler looking for a wholesome backwater experience.

Season: Throughout Recommended Stay: 2 nights



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