Houseboats ( Kettuvalloms ) of Kerala

Kerala Houseboats are unique, also known as Kettuvalloms helps the tourist in discovering the enchanting Kerala Backwaters and lively villages of Kerala on Kerala Houseboat cruise. Apart from excellent outlook, these Kerala Houseboats are extremely eco-friendly, as it is made of bamboo poles, coconut fiber, ropes, bamboo mats, carpets etc.

The Kerala houseboats of today are used for leisure trips, but in old days, these Kettuvalloms (kerala houseboats) were used for commercial purpose. The original Kettuvalloms (kerla houseboat) were used to carry tonnes of rice and spices from Kuttanad to the Kochi port. But due to the large influx of modern day transport facilities, these Kerala Houseboats revived themselves as a luxurious entity.

The Kerala houseboat is a giant country crafts, measuring up to 100 feet in length, retrieved from being lost to the State altogether. Once they ruled the backwaters, poled along by one or two men, heavily loaded with rice, coconut and other commodities. But in the recent times, the kettuvalloms (kerala houseboats) have been replaced by more and modern modes of transport, relegating them to neglect and decay. It takes great skill and meticulousness to construct these giant Kerala Houseboats by tying huge planks of jack wood together. Curiously enough, not a single nail is used in their making of a houseboat. There used to be an entire clan of artisans who were involved in kettuvallom construction. Today, an innovative holiday idea has restored these majestic representatives of a unique culture and with kerala houseboat their makers.

Kerala Houseboat is one of the main attractions in backwater Kerala tourism. The kerala houseboats are provided with all modern amneties, open sit out, sunbath deck, specious living area, kitchen, bath attached bedrooms with T.V, DVD and other entertainment. The choice of menu is handed over the guests who can decide which kind of typical Kerala food with different tastes are to be served on board for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All these facilities enables the guest to feel at home away from home. Check in time: 11:30 am checkout time:9:30 am (One day trip 22 hours with food)

The Kerala houseboats that cruise these emerald waterways are an improvisation on the large country barges which were an essential part of the land's ethos in days gone by. Modified to meet a novel concept of holidaying, the kettuvalloms ( kerala houseboats ) are comfortably furnished with an open lounge, one or Seven bath attached bedrooms and a kitchenette, and are extremely eco friendly, merging smoothly into the panorama. Every kerala houseboat is manned by a crew - usually a cook, guide and oarsman