House boat & Backwater Tourism Kettuvalloms are large country boats, often measuring 80 feet and more, made from planks of Anjili wood, stitched together using coir ropes, and coated with a black resin made from boiled cashew kernels.

These boats used to ferry goods across the state.

The advent of present day roads and rails brought the Kettuvalloms to near extinction. It took the vision and enterpreneurship of a couple of enterprising young men to refurbish one of these leviathans, hoisting on to it a wooden super-structure incorporating a huge bed room, a toilet, a kitchenette and an open balcony. The rest is history. Modern houseboats are a tribute to traditional design, ingenuity, aesthetic values and commitment to the environment. Many of them are equipped with solar lighting, chemical toilets and outboard engines for when you want to skim the waters.

The best way to cruise the backwaters of Kerala however, is in a leisurely laid-back manner with your weather beaten poleman gently gliding the boat across the waters, leaving you time to take in the sights. And the sights are there for the taking. You meander past swaying, kneeling, crouching palms, tiny hamlets, an occasional country liquor shop, a village church. This is virgin country. Time hardly moves here. You can wallow in your thoughts. You can cast a line and catch a fish. You can savour the local cuisine. Or you can just lie back and let the beauty and serenity of what unfolds before you sink in. When twilight falls and the stars begin to peek out, in the stillness of time let the immensity of creation fill your soul with awe. And as you cocoon yourself to sleep, let the gentle lapping of the waters sing a soothing lullaby. All is well with the world. All is well with you… A holiday on a houseboat is a holiday with a difference. A seven star cruise liner can give you thrills and frills. A houseboat on the backwaters off Kumarakom can give you Peace. And unlike a holiday on a resort, in a houseboat the sights are new, the sounds are new, every sensation is new every passing moment.

Medical toursim India is a huge magnet for attracting foreign patients for medical treatments. With general tourism on the rise, it is estimated that the volume of medical tourists worldwide could reach up to 5 million by 2016, attracting additional visitors to the country.

Medical tourism, more broadly health and wellness tourism, refers to the industry in which people from across the globe travel to other countries to get medical, dental and surgical care, and at the same time, visit the local attractions of that country. I want to share some of the key highlights of medical tourism in India–the next crown jewel–that could shape the future of India’s economy and health care.

Medical tourism market is estimated to be valued at $ 4 billion. Health care tourism has been a key growth sector for more than a decade. Growing insurance market, strong pharmaceutical industry, cheap international travel, and quality health care are increasingly making India a preferred tourist destination. Tourists come to India for economic reasons and market attractiveness. Clearly, there are economic advantages for choosing English-speaking India for certain procedures. For example, a heart bypass procedure costs roughly $140,000 without any insurance in the US. The same procedure, however, costs only around $7,000 or Rs 3 lakh at one of India’s leading surgery centres.

Honeymoon in India The tradition of honeymoon is not just a mere vacation, but is also a special time when newlyweds can celebrate their newfound relationship in seclusion. Known for its diverse geography and culture, India is one of the most sought after honeymoon destinations across the globe. If you had been planning to spend your special time in the mystical land of India, listed below are some of the best honeymoon destinations in India: India is also home to a number of alternative medicine techniques such as Ayurveda, Sidha, Unani, Yoga, Acupuncture and Homeopathy which are very popular among foreigners. Such treatment opportunities give India the edge over its competitors like Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, and UAE.