Travelers worried about India's infamous strong experience should turn their attention to the Southern state of Kerala. It can be described as the gateway drug to India.
It's one of the cleanest parts of the country with lush greenery, gorgeous mountains, pristine rain forests, wide open beaches, and stunning architecture. The tropical paradise is also home to some unique mini cruises.
Xandari Riverscapes has nine traditional houseboats called "kettuvallam". These uniquely-shaped boats have thatched roof covers over wooden hulls.
The houseboats cruise along the picturesque backwaters of Kerala. Blue lagoons, breathtaking lakesides, and palm-fringed canals.