Spice Coast Cruises takes the longest cruise compared to other houseboat operators. This original form of traditional houseboat, hardly found elsewhere now a days, is smaller in size and cruises along small canals and rivers. Boats electric power is generated from the solar panels affixed to the roof. So there are no noisy diesel generators on board. And no waste is pushed to the water.
The bedrooms have warm, cozy spaces with mesh windows that let in the palm-scented breeze, which keep little insects at bay. One bed room and two bed room boats available.
Your meals are prepared by your boatmen in their traditional manner with lots of fresh flavours and a minimum of fuss. It is the very same food which they eat, made with tangy spices and with a lot of coconut. The fish was probably caught while you were sleeping, then marinated in red chilies, ginger and lime, before being grilled. Accompaniments may include lentils and gourd cooked with fresh pepper and mustard seeds, served with greens handpicked from the little markets that dot the canals. Not to mention about the bowl of steamed rice.
Your crew are simple fisherfolk men who know these waters because they were born here. Alternating between navigating the waterways, preparing meals and keeping the boat shipshape, they exude a sense of calm competence. Their smiling faces make your holiday even more peaceful.
You can either board from Puthanangady boat jetty at Muhamma, near Alappuzha if your are travelling from South, say, Kovalam Beach or at Kavanattinkara boat jetty near Kumarakom or Coconut Lagoon Resort if your are travelling from highlands of Periyar or Thekkady. It is almost equal distance from Cochin AKA Kochi and Cochin international airport.
Cruise starts at 13:00 with lunch and ends last day morning 10:00 after breakfast. As per government rule, protect the local night fishermen and their fishing nets, the boat will be anchored from 06:00 in the evening to 7:30 in the morning. This is also to maintain the serenity of the Nature. Air condition is switched on only at night hours till morning – 6:30 pm till 7 am.
Cruise starts from Puthenangadi boat jetty at 1.00 PM. Cruise through Vembanad Lake. Lunch break at Pallikkayal. Cruise to R Block, Venattukadu Canal, Marthandam Kavalam. Night anchoring at Chithira by 6 pm.
Continue cruise in the morning, have breakfast, cruise around Chithira and Pathiramanal. Reach Puthanangadi boat jetty by 10 am for check out.
Cruise starts from Puthenangadi boat jetty at 1.00 PM. Cruise through Vembanad Lake, Chithira church, Venattukadu to reach Moonattinmugham (the meeting place of three rivers), Chambakkulam(can visit the church, market, village), Pullangadi via . By 6.00 PM reaches Thakazhi for night anchoring.
Cruise continues from Thakazhi to Payippadu (for cycling at payippadu), Thottappally(can see the thottappally harbour)and the guests can visit the ancient Buddha statue ‘Karumadykuttan’, Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna swami Temple(by autorickshaw). Then Cruises through Pallathuruthy, Kainakary, Chennamkary, Kuttithodu,R- Block via . By 6.00 PM will reach at Chithira for night anchoring.
After breakfast cruises through Vembanad Lake to reach Puthanangadi boat jetty by 10:00 am.
Cruise starts from Puthenangadi / Kavanatinkara boat jetty at 1.00 PM. Cruise through Vembanad Lake, Chithirakayal (Lunch with be served here). After lunch cruise starts by 2.30 PM through R-Block canal, Venattukadukayal, Kuttithode, Kainakari, Moonanntinmugham, Nedumudy, Champakulam where the guests can visit ancient St. Mary’s Church, ‘Champakulam Chundan’ (boat used for Snake Boat race) and the local market. Cruise to Padaharamcanal, Kanjippadam and anchor there by 6.00 PM for overnight stay.
Next day cruise starts after breakfast at 8.30 AM through Thottapally, Trikunnapuzha, Kayankulam lake where they could see Chinese fishing nets and have lunch on board. After lunch, cruise to Vallikavu (place of Mata Amritanandamayi) and anchor near to Ashtamudikayal (Kollam/Quilon) for overnight stay.
Next day Cruise starts after breakfast at 8.30 AM through Alamkadavu, Kayankulam, Karivatta. After lunch cruise to Karimpavalavu, Pallathuruthy and anchor at Meenapally lake for overnight stay.
After breakfast cruise through Vembanad Lake and drop at Puthenangadi / Kavanatinkara boat jetty at 10.00 A.M.
A Spice Coast Cruises houseboat and its service will never disappoint you. So far so good!