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Houseboats: One of the Unique Aspects of Kerala Tourism

In the past few years, houseboats of Kerala have contributed immensely towards making the state one of the most preferred travel destinations. Today, most of the tourists arriving in this part of the world long for a houseboat cruise along the beautiful backwaters. Many travelers consider it as an experience, which they would like to cherish forever in their memories. Earlier, the houseboats, also known as 'Kettuvallams', were designed to carry large quantities of rice and a variety of spices. Over the years, they evolved as slow-moving, stylish, and spacious barges; having more than one rooms to accommodate travelers.

Kerla Boat House

Only the materials obtained from nature are used in their construction, to make them as eco-friendly as possible. Their roofing is done using sticks, bamboo mats and wood from the areca nut palm. Wooden planks and coir mats are used for flooring, while the beds are made using wood from coconut trees and coir. Solar panels are used as an energy source for lighting in most of them. In recent times, boat-trains formed by joining two or more houseboats can also be seen at some places in Kerala. Most of the kettuvallams are driven by oarsmen by using poles, while some are run by a 40 HP engine. The all inclusive vacation deals offered by some of the leading travel portals give tourists the opportunity to enjoy a tour of these exotic houseboats.

Couples can have a pleasant honeymoon in the kettuvallams, enjoying all the scenic views that surround the backwaters of Kerala. There are different varieties of kettuvallams available for the tourists, ranging from simple one-bedroom houseboats to the ones having three bedrooms. People booking a trip on these kettuvallams would also get to enjoy some of the mouth-watering local delicacies.  These dishes are prepared by experienced cooks, and are served fresh to the travelers on board.