A Delightful Experience: Chess Houseboat 2023

Chess in paradise

Kerala is dubbed as “God’s Country” as it is one of the best destinations in the world blessed with captivating natural beauty, rich cultural traditions and modern amenities for travel and tourism.

A unique and exotic chess tourism event is planned from 22nd to 28th January 2023 in various enchanting places in Kerala.

Chess Houseboat 2023 International Chess Tourism Event, organized by Orient Chess Moves with support from Kerala Tourism, is an enchanting blend of chess, sightseeing, cultural and culinary experiences, and more.

Participants benefit from full board. Everything is taken care of from landing in Kochi to the flight home.

The organizers, led by Professor Anilkumar, offer a chess tournament in paradise. A maximum of 100 participants will compete in an open of 9 rounds according to the Swiss system. The particularity: the tournament is played on a boat during a trip on the backwaters of Kerala.

Participants will be accommodated in the best resorts in various fairy tale locations (see information on the website). The trip is priced at 950 euros.

Marari Beach

Participants will spend two nights at a resort in Marari. Marari Beach, a secluded and little-known beach destination in Alappuzha, is about 11 km from Alappuzha town, where Mararikulam fishermen and their relaxed lifestyle are among the attractions. An evening stroll is one of the best meeting places here.

Alappuzha Backwaters

Thanks to its alluring natural beauty, the boat trip to Alappuzha has long been a favorite among Western travellers.

Alleppey has secured a place in the hearts of every traveler, foreign or local, who has set foot in this land of unspoiled beauty. The beautiful island of Pathiramanal visited by migratory birds, the enchanting rural life of Kerala, the irresistible local cuisine and the uninterrupted views of the endless backwaters are just some of the highlights not to be missed here.

Kumarakom and the Bird Sanctuary

A labyrinth of backwaters with shimmering waters, the dazzling green of the mangrove forests, coconut palms on the banks, a blue sky, flocks of migratory birds gliding over the water, this is Kumarakom, a real dream country!

Every year, more than seven million tourists visit Kerala, a place that National Geographic magazine has named one of the must-see places of a lifetime. Kumarakom is a major stopover for many of these tourists.

This famous tourist center is a group of islands on the eastern shore of Vembanad Lake. Compared to neighboring villages, Lake Kumarakom has its greatest length and width – about eight kilometers. With the huge lake on one side and a network of serene canals criss-crossing it, Kumarakom, a masterpiece created by man and nature together, enjoys a unique position on the map of Kerala.

Periyar Tiger Reserve / Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary

The very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up images of elephants, endless stretches of hills and spice-scented plantations. The Periyar forests of Thekkady are one of India’s finest wildlife sanctuaries. It is one of the oldest tiger reserves in the country, and the forests of Periyar are graced with the presence of endangered species, including white tigers.

To explore the wild nature of Periyar Tiger Reserve, tourists have many options, from canoeing to trekking.

Bolgatty Island / Kochi, the Queen of the Arabian Sea

Bolgatty Island is a scenic island near Fort Kochi in Ernakulam district. It is famous for its eponymous palace and is a growing cosmopolitan hotspot in the region. Bolgatty Palace was built by the Dutch in 1744 and eventually taken over by the British. Today it is a famous hotel and resort run by the Kerala Tourism Department Corporation (KTDC) and has its own golf course and honeymoon cottages.

Kochi International Marina is located here. It is the only such marina in India and can accommodate up to 34 yachts along with water, electricity and sewage pumping facilities. The Bolgatty Event Center is known for hosting many international conferences, conventions, exhibitions and wedding ceremonies. Overlooking the backwaters, the seaport of Cochin, the container terminal of Vallarpadam and the Arabian Sea, there is no better place to organize such important events.

For more information, please visit www.chesshouseboat.org

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