I have taken a house boat for a day at Kumarakom,Kerala. Surprised that it had no life saving equipments on board for emergency. No life jacket or floats were to be seen. No instruction by the crew about emergency procedures. Tourism Ministry must introduce and insist on a correct safety procedure to be practiced by the crew and owners of houseboat/boat owners.
I have been on 2 Ketuvallomons the backwaters and both had adequate lifebelts provided in the case of emergency. Obviously some operators are better than others but they should all conform to the required safety standards. Perhaps you should raise this issue with the Kerala Tourist Authority - address follows
Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala
Park View, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India - 695 033
Phone: +91-471-2321132 Fax: +91-471-2322279 Tourist Information toll free No:1-800-425-4747
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com
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Nothing happened and you are back .Why are you afraid of the dark side of the life.Enjoy the life by doing the best for u and for others .Feel better among the 'slumdongs' and find best company with them for u can not get a better company than them iotherwise u should not have been ''wandering' here.