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Spice Coast Cruises - Kumarakom
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Spice Coast Cruises takes you on a journey through the heartland of Kerala in a houseboat. A journey that bares the indescribable beauty, the very soul of Kerala. Our Kettuvallams (barges of yore converted into houseboats) echo our philosophy of life: only natural and local materials are used for the interiors, core matted decks and canopies made of split bamboo and palm fronds. To help you experience the beauty of the backwaters in all its totality, our Kettuvallms come with extra awnings. Which not only give you the best of the breeze, but also enable you to get a better view of the unique water world.

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Spice Coast Cruise is a two bedroom craft. The fore is an open lounge area, canopied with cane and rattan. The interior has all the home comforts: queen size bed, tiled bathrooms, modern plumbing. No generators are used: lighting and air conditioning is powered by a hybrid power pack that saves 28 litres of fuel per day as well as 18 tons of C02 emissions per year.


The culture and lifestyle of the area are unique. Habitation is everywhere and in such harmony with nature. Wooden and slapdash plaster huts are scattered on both sides, with the ever-present pigs, chickens and buffaloes. Rice fields stretch like large lawns amongst thick clusters of coconuts, cashew, guava and mango. A men is often spotted neck-deep in the canal attempting to catch fish with his hands.

Local cuisine

The crew consist of three experts born in the backwaters area, carriers of an ancient tradition of hospitality that equates the guests with divinity. A typical meal may start with “kootu”, lentils, gourd, with cracked pepper and mustard seeds, garnished with fresh coconut shreds, followed by grilled Karimeen fish, caught in the backwaters, marinated with chillies, ginger and lime.