While every body builds boats and crams then with rooms, Johnson did the opposite. There is only one large room on the split level boat. No air-conditioning- instead windows on either side of room provides airflow. The room is on the upper floor, again the opposite of what most boat builders do, so the entire space upstairs goes for the bedroom ensuite. And for sun-deck. Believe it or not, the sundeck upstairs has a garden too.
Another huge advantage with the split-level design is that it allows complete privacy The staff are based downstairs, need not come upstairs unless summoned. This is heaven for couples on a romantic getaway Kerala backwaters cruise.
And what’s downstairs? Eight hanging cane swing cane (rattan) chairs to sink into dreamland. A large dining table and spare bathroom. Oh, and a hammock. The kitchen and staff quarters are also located on the lower deck.
Hull of Eco houseboat
Sun deck on Eco houseboat
Room on eco houseboat
The Pride-Eco - Houseboat does not have a swimming pool or jaccuzi, like some overdone and ridiculously expensive houseboats.
In the evening, the boat house berths in a safe, quiet, beautiful spot with a view of the rice fields to one side and the water on the other. Hardly any other houseboats are in the vicinity there.
The sundeck though, is the most popular spot on the boat-as it offers a perfect uninhendered view -great to take photographs.