The State is blessed with beautiful beaches and back waters, which are
the most important tourist attraction of Kerala. Kerala's centuries-old,
palm fringed Kerala backwaters stretch over 1900 kms. These backwaters are
the prominent feature of a holiday in Kerala. It is an incredible experience
to sail down these soothing waters in a house boat and comprehend the
unusual aspects of Kerala life.
Kerala's unique houseboats, also known as Kettuvalloms helps the tourist in
discovering the enchanting backwaters and lively villages of Kerala on a
houseboat cruise. Apart from excellent outlook, these houseboats are
extremely eco-friendly, as it is made of of bamboo poles, coconut fiber,
ropes, bamboo mats, carpets etc.
The houseboats of today are used for leisure trips, but in old days, these
Kettuvalloms were used for commercial purpose. The original Kettuvalloms
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
houseboat revived themselves as a luxurious entity.
The Kettuvalloms (houseboats) of Kerala are giant country crafts, measuring
up to 80 feet in length. The houseboats have all the creature comforts of a
good hotel including furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, cozy living rooms,
a kitchen and even a balcony for angling. Parts of the curved roof of wood
or plaited palm open out to provide shade and allow uninterrupted views.
Thus, these extravagant houseboats takes you along a vast network of
lagoons, lakes, rivers and canals and provide you excellent facilities of