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Spice Coast Cruises, Kottayam

Information about Spice Coast Cruises

Spice Coast Cruises, Kottayam

Spice Coast Cruises are the traditional houseboat cruises located on the Kottayam backwaters in Kerala. The Spice Coast Cruises provides cruise rides in the backwaters spread around canals of Alleppey and Kumarakom. The main attraction of the backwaters are the traditional houseboats, also known as 'Kettuvallom'. These houseboats were used for housing, transport, commuting, commerce and pleasure. These houseboats combine holidaying, pleasure boating and ecological living in an exhilarating way and offers the visitors an 

entirely new kind of experience in Kerala. The boat hulls are made from seasoned 'Anjili' (Jackfruit) logs, that have a natural gentle curvature. Keels are flat, because the rivers here can get mighty shallow at times, and also allow the boat to be easily punted. The boats come with a quiet outboard motor too, so the boatman can get some rest. The winged awnings, when raised, provide the houseboat a distinctly rakish air. As per the legends, this is due to the Chinese influence. A typical stay in the Hotel Spice Coast Cruises is for the two nights which covers the entire stretch of the backwaters.

Accommodation at Spice Coast Cruises

The accommodation at the Spice Coast cruises consists of a fleet of the traditional houseboats, known as "Kettuvallom". The houseboats features single and double-bedded bedroom with attached bathroom, kitchen, and traditional cooks cum attendants cum boatmen and navigator. One couple has the exclusive run of the entire boat and are attended by a personal cook and two boatmen. The houseboat also has a living area of a deck to view the sea. A comfortably-furnished canopy-covered sitting room sits with a sun deck at the bow. 

Spice Coast Cruises Room

The cook's galley is at the stern, and power is supplied by solar panels placed on the top of the canopy. The decks have been carpeted with coir matting and the arched canopy consists of split bamboo, lashed together with coir binding and covered with palm fronds.

Restaurant in the Spice Coast Cruises

Spice Coast Cruises Restaurant

There is no restaurant in the houseboat cruise as the food is prepared by the boatmen cum chef. He is the carrier of an ancient tradition of hospitality that equates the guest with divinity. The speciality of the restaurant is that it serves ethnic and international seafood. A typical meal might consists of Kootu, a coconut gravy-based dish using lentils and snake- gourd, topped with black mustard seeds and toasted coconut shreds; drumstick and dal curry; Thoren, another Kerala's vegetarian specialty and a variety of grilled seafood, including fish and huge local prawns prepared with lime, pepper and other spices.

Facilities in the Spice Coast Cruises

Some of the facilities which are provided in these houseboats are the Solar power, Navigator, cook, Doctor on call. Besides this, the guests can also enjoy the boat cruises on the river, stay in the beautiful houseboats and as well as enjoy fishing.

How to reach Spice Coast Cruises

The Spice Coast cruises are located in Puthenangadi Jetty, in the Kottayam district, on the serene backwaters of the Vembanad lake. The Spice Coast Cruises are located at a distance of about 55 kms. from Cochin and 95 kms. from Cochin international airport.

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