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Spice Coast Cruises Houseboats -Kollam Quilon

Description: We don't build new boats from scratch any more, says 68-year-old Govindan Ashari, a boat builder for almost half a century, whose boat yard is perched along the palm-studded western shore of Kerala's Lake Vembanad, across from Coconut Lagoon. "But when we did, we'd first scrape a rough outline on the ground for the prospective owner, then prepare a more refined 'blueprint' on a plank of wood. The formula is always calculated in the same way, starting with the desired width: the length is roughly six times that, the depth about one-half the width."

Seasoned, naturally curved logs of anjili (the jackfruit artocarpus hirsutus) are used for replacing worn planks. As a concession to modern times, bolts are now used to secure the ribs, but the rest is still stitched in the traditional manner, the coir rope threaded through the base of a large 'needle' carved from a palm frond. Other primitive tools are still in use in the trade after all these centuries, including the notched branch of a tree uses as a vise for aligning planks.

Star Rating: 5

Total Rooms: 110

One couple has the exclusive run of the entire boat, and is attended to by a personal cook and two boatmen. The stateroom is aft and has a queen-size bed with ensuite bathroom (minus shower). A comfortably-furnished canopy -covered sitting room sits with a sun deck at the bow. The cook's galley is at the stern, and power is supplied by solar panels discreetly placed atop the canopy: In furnishing our houseboats, great care has been taken to use only natural materials and local products.

The decks have been carpeted with coir matting and the arched canopy consists of split bamboo, lashed together with coir binding and covered with palm fronds. Soft colours and simplicity create a light, airy atmosphere. The furniture, made from Rosewood, Mahogany and cane, includes a South Indian "easy chair, " with its characteristically long armrest that when extended also serves as a leg rest; a drinks cabinet; a 19th century dining table; and a balustrade sun deck, complete with a colourful array of cushions and mats.

Cuisine Kettuvallam                                                        
Style A typical meal, prepared in a modernized galley, might consists of kootu, a coconut gravy-based dish using lentils and snake- gourd, topped with back mustard seeds and toasted coconut shreds; drumstick and dal curry; thoren, another Keralan vegetarian specialty; and a variety of grilled seafood, including fish and (when available) huge local prawns succulently prepared with lime, pepper and other spices. Memorable meals in a magnificent setting..

Property Location:

65 Kms from Trivendrum Airport, 1 kms from kollam Railway Station, Near by Kollam Main Bus Stand.



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