Visitors exploring Kerala’s famous backwaters in Alappuzha, Kollam and Kottayam districts — and its glorious forested environs— would do well to choose the state’s legendary houseboat as a base. The Alleppey-based Lakes and Lagoons Company has been offering exceptional holidays to its discerning guests ever since they launched their luxury houseboats in 1997. They were, in fact, the first to introduce air-conditioned houseboats with all specification and norms of Department of Tourism, Govt, of Kerala. Little wonder their houseboats have been awarded the GOLD STAR classification
. The firm has operates 26 houseboats under two categories – Deluxe (1,2 and 3 bedrooms) and Premium (1,2,3 and 4 bedrooms). The firm has recently launched its own resort—El Oceano Beach Villas, near Marari Beach. It has 14 guestrooms. The company is also the GSA for The Palm Laguna, a 5-bedroom luxury serviced villa on the backwaters of Vembanad at Ponnad, Alleppey— as well as for the Blue Jelly Cruise, the recently launched Ultra Luxury houseboat.