Kerala have a fleet of houseboats with all modern facilities, which
helps you to relax as the sun sets on the scenic backwaters of the Vembanad
lake. Kerala houseboats also known as Kettuvallam is a country boat that was
used in the early days for the transport of goods from the isolated interior
villages to the towns. With the advent of roads, bridges and ferry services,
gradually the Kettuvalloms went out of scene. Now these Kettuvalloms are
back again as a major tourist attraction.
A ride on a Kettuvallom is a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty
of the backwaters. A houseboat is about 60 to 70 feet in length and has a
width of around 13 feet in the middle. These houseboats have fully furnished
single/double/triple bedrooms. Most of them have sun decks, private balcony,
kitchen and toilets. Traditional lanterns are used as lights. The crew
includes a chef and one or more oarsmen. The cuisine is of traditional
Kerala flavor along with local specialties.
The houseboats are renovated cargo boats and are provided with all modern
conveniences and comforts to make your stay a pleasant experience. To
complement the traditional way of rowing using large poles, outboard engines
are also provided. The boats are designed to facilitate a most eco-friendly
Each houseboat is of excellent construction and luxurious furnishing with
exquisite flooring. Each houseboat with attached toilets, separate toilets
for crew and spacious passage and a neat, classy kitchen.
Kerala's houseboat cruising is not just restricted to the backwaters, you
also get a chance to explore the wildlife and indulge in some water sports
such as water skiing, water sailing and angling.