Lounging on a deck chair, moving gently, immersed in a rippling , scented silence. Can there be better ways to explore a new world than this? Once, these houseboats were barges, transporting rice along the large and intricate network of lakes and canals that cover the central part of the state of Kerala.
With a few tweaks to the hull, partitioned bedrooms and all the modern conveniences added, we've converted these 'Kettuvalloms' as they are called, into elegant floating homes that cruise the inland sea
of the Vembanad near our Coconut Lagoon property. Made completely from natural materials, the boats are powered by solar energy and vegetable oil. Canopies of cane and rattan blend into coir-matted decks creating a warm, natural ambience that's almost entirely hand-crafted.
With it's cane and rope awnings flying rakishly, its silent hull gliding past as if on wings of air, a houseboat seems to do more than just belong to this world of palms and water. It seems to have been birthed from it.
"Pushing out of the shallow water with bamboo poles, the crew punts us toward the centre of the lake, where the captain turns on the quiet engine. He sits at the point of the bow, navigating by memory rather than charts, and we stretch out behind him on the forward deck on pillows and padded mats, enjoying the sun and the serene setting.”
Cheryl and Bill Jamison