Frequently Asked Questions

What you meant by Kerala houseboats ?

Houseboats are a modified version of country boats that were used to carry goods from one place to another, during the bygone days. These houseboats are built by tying huge jack woods together and the interesting part is that, not even a single nail is used for the construction of the boat. Single bed room to ten bed room houseboats is currently available. Each of these has bed rooms with attached wash rooms, living room and dining room and a kitchen. Some even have separate dining room and balcony, upper deck, glass wall etc.

What are the different categories available in houseboats?

Generally, Houseboats in Kerala comes under 4 categories namely Standard, Deluxe, Premium and Luxury house boats & some cross categories. But Backwater Routes Houseboats has phased out the standard category of Houseboats owing to their unacceptability among travelers. We do provide only deluxe houseboats and higher category of houseboats presents. In deluxe houseboats, AC will be operated only from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am while for premium houseboats AC will be operated round the clock. Premium house boats provides Luxury furnishing, Premium food menu, Candle light dinner, Jacuzzi, Shower panel etc. You can contact us for more details.

Is Kerala Houseboats available on multi sharing basis?

Houseboat is reserved on Exclusive Basis only and not on Shared basis. Backwater Routes Houseboats believes that exotic moments are lived to the most with the near & dear so we restrict any activity which infringes traveler’s privacy.

When is the best time to visit Kerala backwaters onboard Houseboat ?

Set amidst the serene backdrop of backwaters, paddy fields and unexplored countryside, backwaters is swarmed by tourists all year round. Though houseboat cruises are available here all around the year, here is a month wise break-up of the weather in Kerala Backwaters (Alleppey, Kumarakom, Kollam and more)to help you plan your vacation better:

Summer

Summers in Kerala Backwaters (Alleppey, Kumarakom, Kollam and more) are hot and humid. They begin with the month of March and end with May. The temperature fluctuates between 28- 37 degree Celsius. Since several tourists avoid the summers, it will be less crowded and you can enjoy the peace and quiet of these waters. Do not forget to carry sunscreen and light cotton clothes.

Monsoon

June marks the beginning of the monsoon season in Kerala Backwaters (Alleppey, Kumarakom, Kollam and more). The monsoons end with September. Houseboats are up and running during the monsoon, unless it is a heavy downpour.  Monsoons are a great time to enjoy this little town in its rain soaked best.

Winter

With temperatures hovering between 17- 32 degree Celsius winters are the best time to visit Kerala Backwaters (Alleppey, Kumarakom, Kollam and more) to enjoy a boat cruise. Since the weather will be mild and pleasant, exploring the backwaters will be a delightful experience.

Is Houseboat cruise available in monsoon season?

Yes. The houseboats operate during Monsoon. But if it's pouring heavily houseboat cruise will not be possible. Houseboat cruises are available in the monsoon season as well. The backwaters have a quaint charm during the monsoons when it displays all its water-washed glory an can indeed present one of the rarest views to the tourists. For those who want to enjoy the fury of monsoon, a ride on the rain aboard a houseboat should be an unforgettable experience. Bet it light shower or a downpour, the lakes and rivers have varied looks. But in case it’s pouring heavily with storm, will take advice of port/ admin authorities before setting out.

Is there anything we should carry for a Kerala Houseboat cruise?

While on a houseboat cruise all basic amenities you expect of a hotel/BB are provided onboard. You only need to carry your personal belongings, personal medicines on prescription and your camera if you intend to capture the stunning beauty of these waters. It is desirable to carry mosquito repellents, sun screen lotion just to be safe in case you are an outdoor person. Carry all chargers & accessories of your electronic gadgets. At present most of Kerala Houseboats provide all things aboard on prior intimation.

Why footwear is not allowed inside the boat?

The floor of Kerala houseboats are done with wooden floor panels and sand mounts of backwater areas can damage the wooden floor panels. In order to keep the houseboat neat and clean, the guests are not allowed to wear footwear inside the boats. It is required for you to remove your footwear and keep it aside inside the houseboat, but rather than naked feet you will be provided with disposable slippers for onboard use.

How far is the Houseboat location from major tourist attractions?

The distance between our houseboat boarding point and major tourist places is within 2 to 10 kilometers.

Do you have any special packages for honeymoons and anniversaries? 

Yes, please refer to our website at www.backwaterroutes.in for current promotions and packages in the exclusive offer section.

How do I book a meeting / conference / get together at BWR Houseboats?

By e-mail or phone can contact our team to execute MICE packages. Please contact our Operations staff on +91 8086-522-101.

Apart from those listed in the site, would any other personalized special packages be made available as per our needs?

Yes. We can customize tour/cruise packages according to your requirements but only with the ambit of our authorized operation area.

What is your policy on ‘Lost & Found’ items?

In event of guests losing The Kerala State Government has stringent licensing requirements for the sale of alcohol. These laws are applicable on our Kerala houseboats to the extent that houseboats do not have a bar or stock alcohol, although many buy in local beer, Coconut toddy & hard liquor to serve to adults.   personal belongings whilst staying aboard Backwater Routes Houseboats if recovered, the item will be recorded as ‘found’ by that particular Houseboat. Each Houseboat keeps detailed records of all ‘found’ items, and will store these for a maximum of three months. After this period, in line with the directives of the General Department of Criminal Investigation in Kottayam, all unclaimed items will be handed over to the nearest Police Station(Kumarakom or Alleppey). These ‘found’ items will then be kept at the police warehouse for a further three months after which they will be auctioned, and any funds raised given to charity. Should houseboat guests need to locate any item after the initial three month period expires, they are requested to contact the houseboat who will assist in coordinating with the police station where the found items are handed over. The police will then advise the necessary procedures to locate any item.

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