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State Tourism Award Winners

Rainbow Cruises

With a fleet of finest houseboats cruising in the backwaters of Alappuzha, Rainbow Cruises is a houseboat operator with Gold Star certification, in fact the first to receive the certification from Kerala Tourism.

Providing travellers an experience that goes beyond houseboat voyages is what makes Rainbow Cruises unique. Commencing its operations in the year 2000, this leading houseboat operator in Kerala was the first to introduce tailor-made cruise packages.


Consistency in ensuring quality service to its clients from the very beginning soon transformed Rainbow Cruises into a favourite houseboat service provider among travellers visiting the backwaters in Alappuzha. As they claim, a floating holiday on the backwaters highway with Rainbow Cruises is perhaps the most enchanting holiday experience in the world.

With Rainbow Cruises, guests will cruise on traditional Kettuvallom (rice boat), modified to include state-of-the-art luxuries and safety measures. Houseboats from Rainbow Cruises are noted for its aesthetics and luxurious furnishing with exquisite flooring, hull and valavara (canopy). The houseboats also come with a sundeck, spacious living / dining area, one, two, three and four bedrooms (ranging from 100 sq. ft to 130 sq. ft) separate toilets for the crew, spacious passage and a neat and classy kitchen.

Rainbow Cruises has for its guests a fleet of around 24 houseboats. Among these, guests have the choice to opt for Premium A/c, Deluxe A/c and Non A/c houseboats. These houseboats exude a sleek design, equipped with every luxury and safety measures promising customized comfort with elements of Kerala heritage.

One of the service hallmarks of Rainbow Cruises houseboats is its commitment to eco-friendly measures. Guests onboard any of the houseboats would find that solid waste and sewage are managed through bio-chemical alternatives and has a sewage treatment plant of its own. Plastic materials have no place in the houseboats of Rainbow Cruises.

Onboard the houseboats of Rainbow Cruises, guests are assured of quality service from the cruise staff, who are conversant in English. Cruise on houseboats of Rainbow Cruises is also an opportunity for guests to relish an array of excellent food, especially ethnic ones. Those who indulge in reading in between exciting moments of backwater cruise would appreciate the excellent collection of reading materials.

Taking cruise holidays to a new level, Rainbow Cruises also offer exclusive packages of 'working vacations' to corporates, looking for a refreshing experience from the routine. Rainbow Cruises can organize board meetings on a houseboat or on an island in the backwaters, for making brain storming sessions highly rewarding and less tiring.

Since commencing its operations in the year 2000, the Rainbow Cruises has played host to many dignitaries, diplomats and celebrities. The services of Rainbow Cruise also have not gone unnoticed as is evident from the accolades and recognitions that they received over the years. It had won Kerala State Tourism Award for 'Best approved and classified houseboat operator' during 2005 -2006 and 2004-2005. It also bagged the Kerala State Tourism Award for 'Most improvisation and eco friendly practices in the house boat industry' for the year 2003 -2004.

The delicate art of floating in luxury and style to enjoy the backwater life in Kerala is something Rainbow Cruises practices 24x7.

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