For some an overnight stay in a houseboat can be quite expensive. The shikkara is an excellent alternative and in someways unique.The shikara boat is a traditional open canoe like country boat which has been equipped with bamboo seats and an over head bamboo canopy for shade. It can accommodate four to fourteen persons depending on its size and facilitates very close proximity with the water. There are halts in between to stretch your legs on the shore, take in a quick bottle of fresh sweet toddy from a local pub (Liquor), or just climb up a coconut tree and make life long memories. Cruising in a shikkara is an experience on wouldn't want to miss as it allows for very close interaction with the surrounding life of the hydrosphere.