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KERALA TRAVEL DESTINATIONS

Kerala houseboat and Kerala houseboat package that awaits you with a lot of surprises. Cruising through the back waters is a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty that the lakes, canals and the rivers can offer you. Sit back and relax while the boat cruises through the narrow serene backwater rivers and canals. Enjoy the lush green surrounding, picturesque lake and the exotic bird sanctuary which give refugee to varied species of colorful and rare birds, lush green surrounding, Enjoy the stay and the cuisine in the midst of backwaters.


Houseboat trip on the Alleppey Backwaters


Have you ever gone houseboat cruising on the backwaters of Kerala? If you haven't, make sure you do. This one's really an absolutely wonderful, unforgettable experience! The houseboats of today - huge, slow- moving, exotic barges used for leisure trips - are the reworked kettuvalloms of olden times. The original kettuvalloms were used to carry tons of rice and spices from Kuttanad to the Kochi port. A standard kettuvallom can hold up to 30 tons.

The kettuvallam or 'boat with knots'- is so called because the entire boat is held together with coir knots alone. Not even a single nail is used during the construction. The boat is made of planks of jack-wood joined together with coir. This is then coated with a caustic black resin made from boiled cashew kernels. With careful maintenance, a kettuvallom can last for generations.

A portion of the kettuvallom was covered with bamboo and coir to serve as a restroom and kitchen for the crew. Meals would be cooked on board and supplemented with fresh fish from the backwaters. The tradition is still continued on the houseboats of today and typical Kerala cuisine is served by the crew on board, who themselves come from Kuttanad, the heart of the backwaters.

When modern trucks replaced this system of transport, a new way was discovered that would keep these boats, almost all of which were more than a 100 years old and still in good condition, in the market. By constructing special rooms to accommodate travelers, these boats cruised forward from near- extinction to enjoy their present great popularity. Now these are a familiar sight on the backwaters and in Alleppey alone, there are as many as 120 houseboats.

While converting kettuvallams into houseboats, care is taken to use only natural products. Bamboo mats, sticks and wood of the arecanut tree are used for the roofing, coir mats and wooden planks for the flooring and the wood and coir of coconut trees for beds. For lighting solar panels are used. Top
Today, 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 plaited palm open out to provide shade and allow uninterrupted views. While some boats are poled by local oarsmen, most are powered by a 9 HP engine. Boat trains - formed by joining two or more houseboats together - are also used by large groups of sight-seers.

What is truly magical about a houseboat ride is the breathtaking view of the untouched and otherwise inaccessible rural Kerala that it offers , while you float!

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