The Kerala Houseboat is truly a floating dream.
Expect the best of this Kerala houseboat rental.
Comfortable dining area.
Houseboat 118 Kochi photo 3
Houseboat 118 Kochi photo 4
Even when it rains, you will enjoy the amazing views!
Enjoy the great view from the open front deck.
Picture yourself sitting here?
The Kerala Houseboat in her natural environment.
There's no better way to discover the Kerala backwaters!
Comfortable separate bedrooms.
The open front deck gives great view over the Kerala waters.

Kerala Spice Boat

Traditional spice boat transformed into luxurious houseboat

Excellent! 4.7/5 (3 reviews)


  • Your money is safe, we pay your host 2 days after check-in.
  • 100% refund in the unlikely event the host cancels.
  • Changing booking details is always free.
  • Access to urgent phone line during your booking.
  • Book Co2 positive, we compensate 3 times more than we emit.

Houseboat highlights

  1. Personal captain drives your boat
  2. Best way to discover the backwater if Kerala
  3. Unique historic boat turned into amazing floating home
  1. Eco friendly
  2. Absolutely away from it all

Houseboat summary

Driving these gorgeous houseboats are the perfect way to discover the amazingly beautiful backwaters of Kerala. However the design of the boats have not been changed, all comfort that you can possibly wish for is available. 

Houseboat description

"Pushing out of the shallow water with bamboo poles, the crew punts us toward the centre of the lake, where the captain turns on the quiet engine. He sits at the point of the bow, navigating by memory rather than charts, and we stretch out behind him on the forward deck on pillows and padded mats, enjoying the sun and the serene setting.” This is just one of the many great reviews we have received of visitors around the world and we could not put it better

Former rice and spice boat

For hundreds of years these gentle barges have been transporting spices and rice over the canals and lakes that are spread over the central part of Kerala. And they still do, but now it’s carrying guests who want to experience this amazing part of India – enjoying all the amenities you can possibly imagine. The hull has been slightly tweaked and the hold of the boat is conveniently transformed into separate bedrooms. This way these ‘Kettuvallims’ as they are called are converted into without a doubt one of the most amazing houseboats around the world.

Eco friendly houseboats

These Kerala houseboats are completely made of natural materials and are powered only by solar power, vegetable oil and a bamboo pole if needed. This way you can fully enjoy the natural beauty of the Kerala waters in a sustainable way.

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Property type

Driving houseboat

Check in/out time

Please, ask owner


2 Bedrooms, 4 Sleeps

King size beds: 2


Number of bathrooms: 1
Number of toilets: 1

Holiday type

Rural / countryside
Historic / sightseeing

Lake / riverside


Linen provided
Towels provided

Beach towels provided
Dining table & chairs

Outdoor facilities

Terrace / balcony

Sun loungers


Panoramic views

General information

Smoking permitted

Activities nearby

Swimminig / watersports
Walking / hiking



Tour guide


About the area

The backwaters of Kerala are a chain of brackish lagunes and lakes, parallel to the Coast of Malabar. This network contains five great lakes that are connected by canals and are said to be 'Gods own country'. And that's not without a reason! 

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Houseboat owner


Response time
Normally within one hour
Language spoken

3 Reviews - Kerala Spice Boat

Excellent! 4.7/5

  1. Pria V - India

    23 Dec

    Will come again

    Beautiful trip, very friendly crew, excellent food. So we will come again!

  2. Vivian M - the United States

    23 Dec

    Excellent food and hospitality

    We really enjoyed our stay and the crew looked after us very well. We stayed for two nights which gave us a good flavor of life on the backwater. The second night was particularly memorable as there was a thunderstorm. The food and hospitality through over the stay was excellent!

  3. Nolan and Mary O - Ireland

    23 Dec

    Lovely boat and crew - very special trip

    Lovely boat. Comfortable surroundings. Friendly staff. Particularly the cook who fed us repeatedly - his banana chips are great. The morning brought peace in idyllic surroundings.

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