Relax on a Backwater cruise

Let the worries of the world slip away as you gently cruise the backwaters of Kerala in a converted rice barge, exploring this vast network of lakes, lagoons and canals with its unique ecosystem. Originally, these routes and the kettuvallams (rice boats) that plied on them were used to carry rice and spices to Kochi.

Traditional boats were simple affairs made of oiled jackwood and dried palm leaves, and while their modern counterparts may look the same from outside, inside, they boast of all the mod-cons, en-suites, air-conditioned bedrooms, viewing decks to enjoy your book or a refreshing drink.

The backwaters are the perfect setting to unwind, and a cruise for one or two days allows you to observe life in the small village communities lining the banks, and enjoy fresh fish (often caught by your boat crew) cooked on board in traditional Kerala style.

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Our Accommodation Ratings

Opulent: Exceptional, unashamedly the best of sheer luxury. (£££££)

Luxury: Outstanding levels of 5* comfort, hospitality and facilities. (££££)

Premium: Excellent levels of comfort and hospitality and a wide range of facilities. (£££)

Mid-Range: Good levels of comfort and hospitality, with a reasonable range of facilities. (££)

Simple: Clean and simple, no frills. Often in areas of natural beauty or near wildlife reserves. (£)