Eco Trails Kerala
Eco Trails Kerala
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The Backwaters of Kerala is unique and is found nowhere else in the world. Backwaters are a network of lakes, canals and estuaries and deltas of forty-four rivers that drain into the Arabian Sea. The backwaters of Kerala are a self supporting eco-system teeming with life. The most exciting aspect of Kuttanadu is the Kettuvallam (traditional Houseboat) which has become the most popular tourism product in India today. We do operate Houseboats from Kumarakom & Alleppey, which were the popular backwater destinations in Kerala.
Kottayam, India

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Emily S
Walton-On-Thames, UK27 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
We loved our stay on the houseboat. Kence welcomed us and gave us a nice introduction. We were then left in the very capable hands of an excellent chef and driver. The boat was very comfortable and spacious for the two of us. It’s a very tranquil experience with plenty of birds and wildlife to see. Thank you for a great stay!
Written 7 December 2022
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irozeira
Porto, Portugal30 contributions
Feb 2020
All the service provided by Kence is an amazing experience. The food was great and rooms are awesome. The staff is 5 stars.
Written 1 April 2020
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India Someday
Dublin, Ireland5 contributions
Dec 2018
It was so nice to experience Kerala on the river along with my husband, taking in the day to day lives of the community. The driver was excellent and allowed us lots of privacy and space to enjoy.
Written 18 April 2019
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Avi G
Tel Aviv, Israel29 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
We took a one -day and -night on their boat, without additional guests. Expensive but well worth it. We started sailing around 12 pm until 6 pm, stopped to admire the sunset, and then settled down for dinner and sleep. The village where we anchored for the night lacked some basic amenities like electricity, but in the morning it was interesting to watch how they live, prepare breakfast, go out fishing, wash their laundry... We sailed back around 9 am. Meals were good and plentiful (full board), the 2-men team was nice. Altogether a very pleasant and relaxing experience.
Written 7 March 2019
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H.E
1 contribution
Jan 2019 • Couples
We took a boat for the two of us last Jan. Was amazing, would do it again. From the moment i contacted Eco and Mr. Kence everything went as planed and as promised.
We where picked up at our hotel in Kochi ( extra charge) delivered to the boat where we were welcomed with fresh fruits and drinks. Michael cooked for us great and special local food to our full satisfaction. We asked it to be spicy but not too spicy and he did it just right. We have strong diet restrictions and he was able to meet it all. The boat is very clean and nice. The journey is great. Would recommend to everyone. Enjoy. BTW, from the boat Kence arranged us to an amazing experience homestay , highly recommended.
Written 20 February 2019
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Steve B
Cullen, UK30 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
We booked our two day cruise around the backwaters with Eco Trails and were not disappointed. The was just the two of us and we were well looked after by the two crew. It was very peaceful and relaxing and the scenery was stunning. The food could not have been better, it was superb.
Written 4 February 2019
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Sajan G Edacheril
Pala, India1,127 contributions
Dec 2018 • Family
wow all those who experience this journey will react like this,alleppey is much better than kottayam.
Written 14 January 2019
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Girishkumar K
Kozhikode, India18 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
One should not miss the travel in house boat. The boarding or travel can start from Alleppy or Kottayam or kumarakkam. All the places around 2 hrs journey from Cochin International Airport. Can select road or train as per the convenience. It is better to start the house boat journey around 9 am with inside breakfast. Plenty of houseboat are available in govt or private sectors. The rate may vary from season to season. The Best season is oct to feb. HB with One bedroom, two bedrooms or more available . One can choose as per Num of people. All type of food ll be served in the boat. Order has to be placed in the morning. Normal case HB available @ hourly but can take 24 hrs too. You cam enjoy music, dance n Wounderful natural scenes. It ll be a heaven for non veg eaters. Fresh fishes or chicken or meat are available Throughout the period
Written 6 August 2018
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DrValliappan
Coimbatore, India6,739 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
Although Allepey is the place for house boats, Kottayam ALSO has small boats (Vallam) and passenger boats, mainly for transport of people between villages and to carry goods, via Kaayal (back water)and tourists can pay a small fare and travel along. The water is full of water hyacinth plants (Eicchornia crassipes) that makes movement really slow. But, fun to mix with locals and visit villages along the banks.
Written 13 March 2018
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Renate K
15 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
We should have known by the look on our driver's face that something was amiss. What should have been a clean comfortable boat, well equipped for an overnight cruise was in fact an dirty, smelly dilapidated tub. What should have been a highlight of our visit to Kerala was in fact a night-mare.

Rather than setting off from the usual point of departure, our driver was told to take us to another point where our boat, covered and patched with blue tarps, was docked. We learned later that they improvised another route, likely to avoid comments from other boaters and tourists about the condition of our vessel. In other words, we did not see the highlights, but cruised by rice field after rice field.

On deck we had a dirty old couch to sit on and two rather non-communicative crew. While the food was very good, the service was lacking.

Our room smelled of mould and fuel. Sheets and towels were clean.

Kence was obviously trying to pawn off an old tub to guests who had prepaid for the tour. While he can appear charming, he is not forthright. A word of caution for next time: check the boat thoroughly before committing to travel with Kence's company.

In the end, we managed to get a refund for part of our booking, through our travel agent. However, money cannot compensate for a miserable experience.
Written 22 February 2018
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