Great escapes

Published online: Apr 20, 2009 News Barry Oliver

Houseboats are proving so popular in Wendy Wu's Kerala program in southern India that she is considering extra departures next year.

The journey around the inland waters near Kumarakom and Alleppey, with an overnight stay aboard a traditional rice barge, is a standout in an 18-day Kerala and Southern Highlights tour. These boats have ensuite bedrooms and a crew that includes a chef. Departures in October and November, with other dates available from February next year; from $5080 a person ex Australia, all inclusive. More: 1300 727 998;