Alleppey backwaters view

Watch the day unfold as you sail past the life of backwater country: Local families on the shores going about their daily routines. Kingfishers and cormorants going about theirs.

Rice paddy that defines the colour green… epic sunsets of gold. Lake waters, canals and rivers… a journey through tranquil passages.

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From the viewing deck or your bedroom’s picture window you will see life on the backwaters, and the result is immediate: slow down, de-stress, rejuvenate.

The waterways of Kuttanad disctrict weave through the area’s unique below-sea-level method of paddy cultivation.

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The kettuvallams - as the houseboats are locally known - are a testament to the ancient rice trade of this region and uphold a tradition pre-dating industrial engineering technique. Hand stitched by local craftsmen with coir and strengthened with fish oil, they are built using jack-wood; an indigenous variety of hardwood commonly used in local construction.
The staff provides local knowledge and homespun interpretation of local culture.

“WITH LITTLE COCONUT TREES AND THE WIND..”

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COMMUNITY

The concept of our houseboats is quite simple. Start with beautiful floating accommodation. Take the most picturesque route in the backwaters. Most important, several men from the local villages are trained to pilot that boat through those waters at a leisurely pace, stopping for meals along the way, and sharing their local knowledge about the locale. The backwaters communities are only accessible by boat, and having members of those communities as your guides ensures an authentic local experience—but in the comfort of a state of the art houseboat.

COLLABORATION

The daily rituals of life on the backwaters, including on our houseboats, include many shared responsibilities due to the special considerations of living surrounded by water. Among the favorite scenes of our guests tend to be the “school bus” for children, which is in the form of a long motorized boat; or the grocery store, which is a converted barge that floats from one community to the next selling the same typical items that other Keralites can find in their local market.

CONSERVATION

About those houseboats. They are designed along the lines of traditional rice barges, or kettuvallam in local language. The hulls are made in the ancient traditional manner from jackfruit tree wood, with no nails—all the wood is stitched together and sealed with a natural waterproofing method made from fish oil. Within the hull, under the main deck is all the equipment that makes our boats ecologically responsible, including efficient engines, fresh water holding tanks, and other specialty fittings that we will be happy to show you if you are interested.

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One bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom houseboats. All offer seamless panorama of life on the backwaters, with staff providing local knowledge and homespun interpretation of local culture.


Each air conditioned 14 sqm bedroom has an en suite bathroom, large picture window and either double or 2 single beds.
For a tranquil backwater experience our boats are television free zones.


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Meals are an essential part of the Xandari Riverscapes experience. With your backwater excursion beginning at noon, sit down to a delectable lunch of classic Kerala cuisine cooked on board.

Dinner comes calling under starlit skies at the spot where your boat rests, to watch the day close out.


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Backwater canoe ride
Glide through the centuries’ old traditions of Alleppey village life in this one hour wooden canoe exploation through backwater canals.
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Glide through the centuries’ old traditions of Alleppey village life in this one hour wooden canoe exploation through backwater canals.
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Glide through the centuries’ old traditions of Alleppey village life in this one hour wooden canoe exploation through backwater canals.

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EXPLORE PRETTY FORTKOCHI

Packed with old European buildings and pickled charm, Fort Cochin is an area familiar with travellers, and a gentle way of easing yourself into the sometimes medieval comforts of India. Strolling through the flower-bordered lanes around the parade ground – where there is almost always a game of cricket in progress – you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Sussex, if it weren't for the tropical heat. Take your shoes off and enjoy some cool tranquillity among the simple white-washed walls, smooth flagstone floor and elegant woodwork of the 16th century St Francis Church.

Packed with old European buildings and pickled charm, Fort Cochin is an area familiar with travellers, and a gentle way of easing yourself into the sometimes medieval comforts of India. Strolling through the flower-bordered lanes around the parade ground – where there is almost always a game of cricket in progress – you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Sussex, if it weren't for the tropical heat. Take your shoes off and enjoy some cool tranquillity among the simple white-washed walls, smooth flagstone floor and elegant woodwork of the 16th century St Francis Church.

Packed with old European buildings and pickled charm, Fort Cochin is an area familiar with travellers, and a gentle way of easing yourself into the sometimes medieval comforts of India. Strolling through the flower-bordered lanes around the parade ground – where there is almost always a game of cricket in progress – you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Sussex, if it weren't for the tropical heat. Take your shoes off and enjoy some cool tranquillity among the simple white-washed walls, smooth flagstone floor and elegant woodwork of the 16th century St Francis Church.

Packed with old European buildings and pickled charm, Fort Cochin is an area familiar with travellers, and a gentle way of easing yourself into the sometimes medieval comforts of India. Strolling through the flower-bordered lanes around the parade ground – where there is almost always a game of cricket in progress – you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Sussex, if it weren't for the tropical heat. Take your shoes off and enjoy some cool tranquillity among the simple white-washed walls, smooth flagstone floor and elegant woodwork of the 16th century St Francis Church.

Packed with old European buildings and pickled charm, Fort Cochin is an area familiar with travellers, and a gentle way of easing yourself into the sometimes medieval comforts of India. Strolling through the flower-bordered lanes around the parade ground – where there is almost always a game of cricket in progress – you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Sussex, if it weren't for the tropical heat. Take your shoes off and enjoy some cool tranquillity among the simple white-washed walls, smooth flagstone floor and elegant woodwork of the 16th century St Francis Church.

Packed with old European buildings and pickled charm, Fort Cochin is an area familiar with travellers, and a gentle way of easing yourself into the sometimes medieval comforts of India. Strolling through the flower-bordered lanes around the parade ground – where there is almost always a game of cricket in progress – you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Sussex, if it weren't for the tropical heat. Take your shoes off and enjoy some cool tranquillity among the simple white-washed walls, smooth flagstone floor and elegant woodwork of the 16th century St Francis Church.

Packed with old European buildings and pickled charm, Fort Cochin is an area familiar with travellers, and a gentle way of easing yourself into the sometimes medieval comforts of India. Strolling through the flower-bordered lanes around the parade ground – where there is almost always a game of cricket in progress – you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Sussex, if it weren't for the tropical heat. Take your shoes off and enjoy some cool tranquillity among the simple white-washed walls, smooth flagstone floor and elegant woodwork of the 16th century St Francis Church.

Packed with old European buildings and pickled charm, Fort Cochin is an area familiar with travellers, and a gentle way of easing yourself into the sometimes medieval comforts of India. Strolling through the flower-bordered lanes around the parade ground – where there is almost always a game of cricket in progress – you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Sussex, if it weren't for the tropical heat. Take your shoes off and enjoy some cool tranquillity among the simple white-washed walls, smooth flagstone floor and elegant woodwork of the 16th century St Francis Church.

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XANDARI RIVERSCAPES

Unit of Muthoot Leisure & Hospitality Services Pvt. Ltd.,
Near Pallathurathy Bridge, A.C. Road,
Allappuzha District, Kerala - 688003, India.

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