Are Houseboats in Kumarakom safe for kids & infants?

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Hi,

I would like to seek help from people who had stayed overnight in house boats. My wife & I along with our 3 year old son are planning for a trip to Kumarakom and would like to rent a house boat. I would like to know if house boats are safe with kids on board taking into consideration that kids dont remain quiet in the same place and are bound to keep running around. Are the house boats safely barricaded or do they have open areas over the sides?

How about the mosquito trouble?

Please help.

Have a nice day.

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If you cannot trust your child not to fall in, then no, they are not safe.

I wouldn't take the risk --- but I'm not a parent, and someone better qualified in that respect, I hope, will give their answer soon.

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Thumbs up

Thanks Nick, I did manage to go to Allepy and spend out a night with my wife and kid, Yeah it was quite a risk taking infants on board, but luckily my sonny was well behaved.
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Houseboats are not 'child-safe' as a western one would have to be to be licensed. You would need to be vigilant constantly.
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... and the constant use of a flotation device essential.
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I traveled with my family more than thrice in house boats and I can tell you two things.

House boat is not Child Safe....? You got to watch them with a thousand eyes.

Mosquitoes will come and sing in your ears when the house boat is stopped in the evening. Best thing to do is to carry repellents with you.

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A house boat is as safe as a car,I would say.Some isolated accidents have taken place and almost every instance involves either alcoholic intoxication or criminal negligence.In the wake of a foreigners death last week,the state government has made the safety norms more stringent.
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A house boat is as safe as a car
A houseboat is as safe as a car in the middle of a lake.

For a boat to be child-safe, it would have to be difficult for the child to fall off. that is, in.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post A houseboat is as safe as a car in the middle of a lake.


I'd go further, it's as safe as an open top car without any doors in the middle of a lake!

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Originally Posted by tomko316 View Post Are the house boats safely barricaded or do they have open areas over the sides?
I have to be perfectly honest, I have not seen the houseboats at Kumarakom, but I have seen them at other places in Kerala. Child proof barriers are not a feature of the many houseboats I've seen in Kerala, or at busy road junctions, or on balconies - there is no absolutely no reason to suppose that any thought would be given to preventing children from falling overboard and in the absence of detailed photographs of the actual houseboat you are renting, I would proceed on the basis of having to be constantly vigilant.

EDITED TO ADD: I've just checked through my photos of houseboats in Kerala, and every houseboat in my photos has an open area at the front, and virtually all have open sides or at least open doorways.
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If you're a sailing family, your kids will be used to boats, and they will be relatively safe. Otherwise, a boat is a dangerous place for a child, wherever in the world it is.

In fact, a boat is a dangerous place for adults too.
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boat is actually safe ...nothing to worry about..u have to be with ur child all the time....

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