“Eco-friendly houseboat with contemporary design and silent electric motors for exploring the quieter backwaters (sleeps 2-4)”
The bedroom and living room lie in the double-glazed lower deck, built with an insulated sandwich of aluminium, rockwool and plywood. They are protected from direct sunlight by a system of pretty louvred windows and sun sails, meaning a low energy output is required to keep cool.
The contemporary tropical interiors are streamlined and sleek, with white walls, polished dark wood floors and crisp lines. The comfy queensize bed is clothed in 100% cotton which feels cool to the touch, while the 2 L-shaped sofas in the living room can be made up as children's beds. Jewel-coloured silk cushions and a few carefully chosen pieces of artwork provide stabs of vibrant colour.
The bathroom is small but stylish, with piles of fluffy towels and white tiles that contrast beautifully with dark wooden units. It has a shower with hot water provided by the engine's cooling system.
The 3 staff sleep in separate quarters with their own shower and cabins.
The boat moors every few hours for meals, prepared by the onboard staff and served outside on deck to the sound of lapping water. Canopies shade you from the sun during the day; in the evening you dine under the stars, with candles lending a warm glow.
Breakfast can be fresh fruit and eggs or local fare such as idli (steamed rice cake) and dosa (a savoury rice and lentil pancake) with coconut chutney and banana.
Lunch and dinner feature high-quality Indian cuisine, with a focus on freshly caught seafood. Specialities include delicious fish and spicy prawns, as well as zingy salads and dishes with a Mediterranean influence. One stop will include a traditional Keralan lunch served on banana leaves and staff are always on hand to provide refreshing drinks or rustle up a snack or two.
The boat has two fridges, a cooler and kitchen appliances, all run by a separate compressor coupled to the engine, which also produces ice for chilled water. The 2000-litre freshwater tanks ensure a plentiful supply.
This is an ideal family holiday with lots to do and see as the boat explores the backwaters.
Children stay free until the age of 5 if they do not need an additional bed. For older children (or those under 5 requiring their own bed) there is a charge. The sofas in the living room can be made up into extra beds.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Extra Beds Available
You're on the backwaters, so care is needed