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.
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.
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.
Room Type : 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.
- Premium Room One bedroom houseboat
- Premium Room 2 Bedroom Houseboat
- Premium Room 3 Bedroom Houseboat