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Kerala Houseboats – Ruling the Backwaters

by rajeshrajseo

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houseboats in Kerala are the fad in the realm of backwater tourism. Houseboat is rehashed version of ancient “Kettuvallam”. Kerala houseboat
is built not compromising on the luxury demands of contemporary
tourists and at the same time keeping the ancient design and milieu
intact. Kettuvallams used to rule backwaters some time ago. It is large
barges with heavy carrying capacity which was used to carry rice,
coconuts and other luggage from the isolated backwater villages to the
markets of towns like Alleppey, Kochi and Kollam. With the advent of
modern amenities like bridges, roads and ferries, Kettuvallams were
slowly sidelined. They are now getting a new lease of life in the form
of Kerala backwater houseboat.

are ninety five feet to one hundred and fifteen feet long and thirteen
feet to fifteen feet in width. A special clan of artisans used to make
Kettuvallams. They also have got a new lease of life with the advent of
houseboats. The wooden hull is made of “Anjili” (Wild Jack). The
artisans with great skill and meticulousness tie the wooden planks
together with coir. It is to be noted that no nails are used. Other
materials that go into the making of accessories are also local and eco
friendly like bamboo poles, coconut fiber ropes, bamboo mats, coir
carpets etc.


had thatched roofs over wooden hulls. While making houseboats the form
remains largely unaltered. But houseboats are more modern and luxurious.
They come with bedrooms, dining space and a sit out open on all sides.


The main
epicenters of backwater tourism are Alleppey, Kochi, Kollam and
Kumarakom. Alleppey is slowly getting converted into a prime backwater
destination. Alleppey houseboat is considered an ideal means to relish the exquisite beauty Alleppey backwaters entails.

Rajesh Raj is an eminent analyst and writer in Travel & Tours related topics. He has authored many books on Alleppey Houseboat & Kumarakom Houseboat. Find more information related to Kerala backwater houseboats log on

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