Kerala State is one of the smallest of the Indian states. It occupies the south western part of the Indian peninsula, with the Arabian Sea on the West and the Western Ghats on the East. It has the State of Karnataka on the North and State of Tamil Nadu on the East. Its capital is Thiruvananthapuram. Mark Twain wrote “India is the cradle of human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only” and Kerala is a small piece of this unique country, India. Kerala means “land of coconut trees”. Its long coastline, scenic backwaters, exotic beaches, verdant hill stations, wonderful waterfalls, lovely lakes, exotic wildlife sanctuaries, tea & coffee estates, rubber & spice plantations, rich flora & fauna, historical monuments, ancient temples, rich culture & tradition, traditional villages, modern towns and friendly people make this state lovingly known as the “God's Own Country”. “National Geographic” travel magazine lists Kerala among the fifty must see locations in the world. Come, be our guest and enjoy this unique place. Kerala has 44 rivers running from east to west ending in the Arabian Sea, and huge lakes and lagoons which are large areas of Emerald water. It is in these vast areas of lakes and lagoons known as the “ Backwaters of Kerala” that these houseboats ply crisis-crossing these lakes.
Headquarters of Flamingo Cruise is Alappuzha, a port city sandwiched between the Arabian Sea and the Backwaters. People call it, “Venice of the East” because of the number of canals running parallel and across and an extreme number of the small bridges running over the canals. Soon after Alappuzha was developed, the town started functioning as the main commercial centre of the state of Travancore. Spices like pepper were the main export items. History says Alappuzha had trade relations with ancient Greece and Rome in Antiquity and in the Middle Ages, as well as with other parts of India. Alappuzha is unique in that it is the only district in Kerala without forest.