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Vessel Facilities & Highlights
Your Host & 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 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.
Welcome to Kerala
Climb aboard a houseboat and enjoy a leisurely cruise through the backwaters.Trek through nature and go bird watching at the hill station Ranipuram, or the hill spice station Wayanad. Filled with bamboo, orchid and tea plantations, the latter is also home to elephants, bison spotted deer, tigers, leopards, bears, wild boar, and other wildlife. Visit the Mutupam Temple and witness a wonderful Thayyam dance performance. Explore the Goddess Snake Temple, the ancient Bekal Fort and traditional fishing villages. Learn how to prepare native Malabar dishes using spices from Kerala’s Western Ghats. Soothe the body and soul with a holistic Ayurvedic massage, meditation course, or yoga class. Finding harmony with the Divine—nourish in the treasures of magical Malabar.