Renting a houseboat to spend three days cruising through the backwaters of Kerala was definitely the highlight of our trip to India. You can take a tour through the backwaters for a day with a group or rent an entire houseboat. We decided to rent the houseboat, which comes with a capitan and your own personal chef, who cooked up the most delicious Indian food for us four times a day.
We spent the days gliding through the backwaters, watching village life go by. We’ll put out a longer post soon with more details about renting a houseboat in Kerala, but one of the most incredible things about the experience was just how peaceful it is. India is hectic, crazy, loud, a constant cacophony of sounds and yet on the houseboat we had total peace, quiet and paradise. National Geographic went as far as putting Kerala’s Backwaters on its list of 50 destinations of a lifetime… we whole-heartedly agree.