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" Stay on the Lake " Backwater life in a Kettuvallam.

A way to get intimate with the bewitching waterways of the Vembanad lake in the heartland of Kerala.

The Spice Coast Cruises give you a taste of a unique way of life that was extant in these parts. You get to journey upon a 'Kettuvalam', a traditional houseboat, that was once used to carry cargoes of rice and spices up and down these same waterways for centuries. The service and food onboard also faithfully capture a dying tradition of the backwaters for you to sample first hand.

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  • Reviewed 13 March 2021
trip advisorIts one of those things i would love to recommend to every single one of my mates and anyone who would ever visit Kerala, ......- mischievousd ,
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A living symbol of biodiversity


The Vembanad lake is home to a distinctive variety of flora and fauna. More than 20,000 waterfowls, the third largest population in India, live on its banks along with many other species of birds. It is also the habitat for different types of marine life, particularly shrimps and mollusks. In addition, the lake supports a great many livelihood activities of the people living on its shores that include agriculture, fishing, tourism, inland navigation, coir rope making and lime shell collection.

Life on a lake


The Vembanad Kayal or lake through which this cruise happens is the longest lake in India and the largest in the state of Kerala. Spanning over several districts in the state of Kerala, the lake is at the heart of the famed backwaters of Kerala with the Kumarakom bird sanctuary located on its eastern shore. Over 1.6 million people live on its banks and are directly or indirectly dependent on the lake for their livelihoods.

Know your community


The people who live in the environs of the Vembanad are an interesting group defined by activities and livelihoods unique to this environment. The cruise will let you meet and interact closely with local people, see fishermen and shell harvesters at work, exchange words with native toddy tappers and sample a few glasses of freshly tapped toddy - indeed a rare privilege!