KERALA & KARNATAKA
Both boats have been designed and built to a high standard. They are 71ft long and have a beam width of 6’11”. They are as long and wide as they can be and still travel the majority of canals. The internal fitting was done in such a way as to maximize the internal width, and both boats have a spacious 6’6″ saloon, which with large windows, give a fresh and airy feel inside. Both boats sleep up to four guests and two crew in what we feel is the greatest comfort the dimensions allow.
The Well-Decks – Each boat has an open well deck at the fore end, with views ahead as we travel. There is room for four guests to sit comfortably and there are cushions available to sit on.
The Lounges – Both boats have lounges with large viewing windows, which finish just above the waterline, designed to allow guests to see the views whilst sitting indoors. The seating has thick cushions and angled backs for greater comfort and there is ample seating on each boat for all guests. The flooring in the communal areas is beautiful hardwood parquet, which is easily swept and cleaned each morning as part of the chambermaiding. There is a small library, and a collection of board games and cards for the quieter evenings.
The Dining – Kerala’s lounge has a removable table which is taken up and down for meals, or if guests would like to use it. It can seat up to eight guests with ample elbow room. Where there are no fixed seats, we have folding dining chairs with comfortable cushion pads. These stow out of the way when they are not in use.
The Bar – On Karnataka there is a bar and fridge with a varied range of refreshments to whet your appetite. You will find English bottled ales, continental lagers and a wide selection of spirits, some more unusual than others. There is also, usually, a bottle Damson or Sloe gin. If you have a particular tipple, please just let us know and we will happily ensure we have some in stock.
Crossing between boats – Each well deck has step boxes and handles which enable easier access when stepping between, or off, the boats. Whenever possible we moor “breasted up” with the boats side by side.
Your single cabin – Each boat has two single cabins. These are fitted in a high/low arrangement, where the foot of one person’s bunk reach under the foot of the other, whilst retaining a completely separate cabin. The “low” bunks are at normal seat height, about 16″ from the floor and are especially suited to people with limited mobility. The “high” bunks are 3 feet high and allow you to see the view out of the window whilst you lie in bed, making those afternoon siestas all the more enjoyable.
Your double or twin cabin – Karnataka has a full width double cabin with cross way king size bed. Kerala has a full width cabin which sleeps two in a convertible twin or double arrangement, providing either two bunks of 2’3′ width, which run length ways at a low level, or a cross ways double with 4’6″ width, also at a low level.
All our cabins have full ensuite facilities with your own shower, toilet and wash basin, with hot and cold water, mirrored cabinet and large sliding window. Each cabin has carpet underfoot and there are drawers for clothing, as well as hanging space and hooks in useful places, for coats or bags. Each cabin has a 240v socket for charging small items like phones or camera batteries, however this supply is limited and we regret the use of higher wattage items such as hairdryers is not possible. We do have a hair dryer, which is suitable for use on board. Cabins are chambermaided daily.
We are proud to say that our cabins are spacious by hotelboat standards and offer ample storage for your belongings. They are, however still bijou, so a collapsible case or bag will leave you more room than a large suitcase, (although there is space for bags up to 12″ deep under the beds).
Your Bed – All our single beds are a very comfortable 2’5″ wide (compared to the usual 2′ of a narrowboat bunk) and our double and king size beds are domestic standard sizes. All the beds are 6’6″ long. We use thick foam mattresses with memory foam toppers on all the beds (except the king size, which is a high quality pocket sprung mattress with cotton padding) and have received many comments from guests on how comfortable the beds are. We provide down and feather duvets (although we do have hollowfibre duvets on board should you be allergic) with one feather pillow and one hollowfibre, so you can choose which you prefer. All our linen and sheets are 100% cotton, as are the hand and bath towels we provide. We regret we are unable to offer a change of towels or bed linen mid cruise as standard, due to limited space on board.
Heating – Both boats have central heating, with a radiator in each cabin for those chillier mornings. Both lounges have wood burning stoves which are lit, should the weather take a turn. These also supply heat to radiators further down the boat to spread the warmth and help ensure the lounges don’t get too warm.
The Engine – The engine room on Kerala is home to our Vintage Dorman 3LB. With 48hp, she is more than capable of traveling the canal network with butty in tow. It can only be accessed from the side hatches and has been fitted so as to minimize vibrations and noise through the rest of the boat, with extra sound proofing on a steel bulkhead between the twin/double cabin.
At the back of each boat are the crew cabins which are entered from the stern.