Build your Own Houseboat is the perfect way to experience the calm and unique ecology of the Kerala backwaters. Our office in Cochin on the edge of the backwaters works with all the different houseboats and can offer anything from a one day stay to a month long cruise through the whole backwater system.
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The houseboats of Build your Own Houseboat are unique to this area of India and were the historic method for transporting rice and other trade through the aqeous centre of Kerala to the ports on the coast at Kollam, Aleppey and Cochin.
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In the last twenty years, the boats have been converted to take visitors through the small canals and villages that still inhabit this road-less and car-less world.
From your daybed in the bows of the boat you can watch the traditional life of backwater and can enjoy the morning
Kerala continue on this much as it has done for centuries: women washing from the ghats before their houses, farmers shepherding thousands of ducks, paddy fields being flooded and washed or the night fishermen fishing by their lights.
With the introduction of houseboats by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) in the coastal waters of Konkan region, the travellers, who have always wanted to have a bit of adventure and, at the same time, enjoy the serene feeling of being home at sea, can now enjoy the charm of South Maharashtra.
Come October and Maharashtra will see its own houseboats, an initiative of MTDC along the coastal tourist spots.
The fleet has different kinds of houseboats catering to different tourist choices like -- ''Luxury'' with two bedroom accommodation with upper deck (sun deck) facility and a restaurant on board.
Another one will be ''Standard'' with two bedroom accommodation with a restaurant on board.
The 80-ft-long plush houseboats are set apart from the conventional ones. It will save the need of planning long trips to enjoy the charm of a houseboat and revel in the experience of staying on a houseboat, an MTDC press release here today said.
To kick start this unforgettable experience that one can avail of closer to home, MTDC will introduce two standard houseboats and one luxury houseboat at Tarkarli-Nerur Par and Aronda Creek.
Tarkarli is a picturesque beauty with a carpet of clear sand, fresh balmy breeze and pristine clear water. It will be a captivating experience while sailing on the houseboats, the release said, adding Aronda Creek was another beautiful route where the houseboats would be available for cruising.
The massive 80-ft-long size makes the houseboats one of the largest and very spacious. These houseboats are made entirely of wood and fibre making them highly eco-friendly. They are equipped with central air conditioning, Bus Tours release said.
The Build your Own Houseboat will have luxuriously furnished bedrooms, sun deck, spacious living rooms, dining area, hygienic Bus Toursspacious kitchens with fire extinguishers to offer excellent accommodation facilities.
A professional crew for house-keeping, lifeguards and other amenities will be onboard to ensure safety.Bus Tours alert maintenance team will also be stationed to check any technical problems.
For the adventurous ones who like exploring places, a small boat would be attached with the houseboats to delve deeper and discover the undiscovered, the release added.