Chunnambar backwaters and paradise beach, one of the most visited and famous beach in Pondicherry is going to see its next version of tourism. PTDC (Pondicherry Tourism Developent Corporation) has decided to introduce Kerala style house boat services on Chunnambar backwaters from January, 2016. Introduction of the Kerala style houseboats has been marked with January seeing the upcoming peak season of tourists.
Pondicherry houseboat facilities:
Though a Kerala style houseboat, these houseboats will be built by a Chennai based company on the Paradise beach itself. The double decker houseboat is expected to have all the latest and modern facilities with 30 feet by 30 feet dimension. Besides, the lower deck of the houseboat is also expected to have three fully air-conditioned bedrooms with attached bathroom, dining room and living room. On the otherhand, the upper deck is expected to have ample space for social gatherings and meetings like corporate meetings and group parties accomodating up to 50 people at a time. This will help PTDC attract the corporate world customers situated in the nearby Metro Chennai where a lot of IT industry are settled.
The houseboat will also have life jackets, life buoys or small lightweight plastic boats, 24 hours electricity back up and back up of ground staff and communication facilities with the head office at the land. Like Kerala houseboats, the houseboats at pondicherry will also be equipped with modern kitchen. A guest will be served with a welcome drink, breakfast, lunch, dinner. Traditional cuisines from Pondicherry and Tamilnadu will mostly be served in lunch and dinner. However, there will also be a focus on continental cuisines for the tourists who are looking for a change of taste.
Pricing, Chunnambar houseboats:
Pricing of the upcoming houseboats at Chunnambar has not been disclosed yet. However, the plush boats can be hired privately at 10,000 rupees per day and you can take full 24 hours cruise in the Chunnambar backwaters.
Most of the cruising will be done during the day time. From the upper deck, one can the palm and coconut groves along the banks of beackwaters. The houseboats will take a round trip on backwaters starting from Chunnambar backwaters to Pudukuppam beach. Pudukuppam beach is situated 13 kms by road to the south of Pondicherry town. However, on water, this distance will be of 12 kms. The houseboat will take a break at Pudukuppam before returning back to Chunnambar backwaters. In the breaktime, passengers can get down as well. The houseboat will return to the Chunnambar backwaters by seven in the evening.