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The river cruise boats of today are modified version of the traditional Kettuvallom or Rice barges of the past which had been in use for transporting produce and goods from interior farms to the markets. Today they are comfortable cruising homes to unwind and relax immersing in the pristine nature and inexplicable energy along the meandering network of the Backwaters.

RV Vaikundam has nine well-appointed cabins with attached bathrooms on the lower deck and an excellent kitchen. There is an air-conditioned and exquisitely set dining hall and open lounge on the upper deck. The   wooden hull of the boat is made by joining planks of local wood ‘Aanjili,’ using strong coir rope on the segments above waterline while, below waterline copper tacking keeps the hull both strong and traditional. The wood is coated with caustic black resin made by boiling cashew kernel and fish oil. The wood is periodically treated with the Neem oil and Fish oil. The cabins are made using wooden panels, bamboo poles and bamboo mats, following the traditional practices. Each cabin is air-conditioned and has a private bathroom and either double or twin bed.



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Kerala Cruise North to South

Explore colonial Kochi and explore the peaceful Kerala backwaters for 7 nights aboard the newly launched RV Vaikundam.

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Kochi & the Kerala Backwaters South to North

Explore the culture, wildlife and scenic beauty of the Kerala Backwaters aboard the superb RV Vaikundam.

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