Lotus HouseboatIndia/Lotus+Houseboat

Rates from 140 USD/night/person
(based on 2 persons sharing the same cabin)


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Built to represent heavenly comfort and spiritual enlightenment, this elegant houseboat is an ideal way in which to take a refreshing 1 or 2 night cruise through the backwaters of Malabar to discover the jewel of northern Kerala. Guests have the option of boarding the stylish 2-cabin barge either from the Sultan Canal just outside Kannur or from Neeleshwar.

Find the Secret Cruise to suit you
With 1, 2 and 3-night cruises around Kerala Backwaters, there is a cruise to suit every schedule. Please contact the Secret Retreats concierge to explore the dates that best suit you and to reserve your cruise or to arrange your stay pre /post cruise: dream@secret-retreats.com.

Your Host and The Team

“I believe that India has the oldest and most gracious system of refined hospitality, and with my team, we are keen to bring this to the attention of all beyond our shores." After the creation of Neeleshwar Hermitage on a glorious beach in Malabar - the unexplored beauty of northern Kerala - and the addition of a rice barge on the backwaters, connected to the Hermitage  and giving guests the opportunity to visit some of the least visited temples and villages in Kerala, the property has won twice the award by CNBC TRAVEL for Best Resort for health and rejuvenation. Altaf recently restored and upgraded his father's houseboat in Kashmiri’s Dal lake and launched the only Eco Luxury houseboat and only Secret Retreats in Kashmir.”

“Lotus Houseboat is a Kerala’s traditional rice barge converted into a floating hotel cruising the region’s remote backwaters. The only two cabins are brightly decorated and beautifully furnished.”
Kim, the discoverer.


The Cabins

The 2 cabins respectively named "Sukhima" (Happiness) and "Lalima" (Beauty) measure 20sqm, with teak floors, ensuite bathroom with tub and shower, ethnic furniture and temple-style murals and large observation windows and balconies

Vessel Facilities and Highlights

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Useful Information

Cruising Areas: Northern Malabar Backwaters, Kerala
Length: 32m
Beam: 6m
Number of Cabins: 2
Time zone: (GMT+05:30) New Delhi
Currency accepted: INR
Electricity voltage: 230V
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A 2 hour drive south from Mangalore International Airport, and just 4kms from Neeleshwar Hermitage.


Your concierge is ready to assist you with planning and completing your reservation,
contact them on dream@secret-retreats.com

We Care

Lotus Houseboat offers an adventurous experience while maintaining a low carbon footprint due to the unique nature of its accommodations. Many activities featured onboard focus on the surrounding nature and embrace the commitment to minimise environmental impact.

Lotus Houseboat places an emphasis on sustainable fishing, inviting guests to fish while cul-tivating environmentally friendly fishing practices. Guests have the opportunity to cook the fish that they catch and can also take cooking classes to enhance their understanding of local culinary practices. Lotus Houseboat encourages guests to discover the smaller canals motor-free, arranging low-impact canoe tours among the backwaters. The sustainability efforts ex-tend shoreside as well and once the boat is anchored, guests can use provided bicycles to freely explore the island.

Lotus Houseboat offers various packages ranging for 2 to 4 nights, ideally combined with a stay at Neeleshwar Hermitage. The cruise starts from a jetty (10mn drive south from Neeleshwar), on the Tejaswini River that connects to the backwaters. After crossing the tea and coffee plantations of the Coorg Hills, the boat reaches the Snake Temple, dedicated to Goddess Badrakali. The cruise continues to Valiyaparamba village, Monkey Island and on the second day, it takes you to the Shiva Temple at Payyannur and onwards to the Sultan Canal. If you stay another night, it will also include the Shri Mutthappan Temple and the famous evening ceremony.

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