Developing a Code of Conduct for houseboats in Alleppey, Kerala, India

Following on from our previous work in southern India, we have been working with local partners in Alleppey to develop a code of conduct for houseboat tourism since December 2014. Houseboat tourism is a wonderful way to experience the beauty and tranquility of the backwaters. It could and should be a model of ethical tourism, […]

Have you been to Alleppey?

 Are you a tour operator that arranges houseboat trips on the backwaters of Alleppey? Have you been on a houseboat trip?   Please get in touch now. We are investigating concerns that unregulated expansion of houseboat tourism in the Kerala backwaters might be impacting negatively on the environment, and as part of that, we need to better […]

Dispatches from South India: Alleppey’s dirty waters

Voice: traveller A report by Veronique Meunier: Kerala’s backwaters are beautiful and a growing tourist magnet, but they hide a dirty secret as tourist boats ignore the rules about polluting the lake waters and threaten this lovely environment and the people who live there. Alleppey, or Allapuzha in the local language, is an instantly likeable place. Frequently referred to […]

Protecting the backwaters of Alleppey

For centuries the backwaters of Alleppey, Kerala have been used by local people for cooking, drinking and washing as well as for transportation, fishing and agriculture. They are also increasingly popular with tourists, who hire thatched houseboats to explore the tranquil palm-fringed waters and picturesque villages. However, unregulated tourism expansion is threatening rural communities and […]