Kettuvalloms or Houseboats are country boats that were used in the early days for the transportation of goods from villages to towns. These Kettuvalloms were just covered boats where the perishable goods were loaded to protect it from different climatic conditions. Today these kettuvalloms are a major tourist attraction. The whole concept of Kettuvalloms have changed. Today these have become a major tourist attraction. These are about 67 to 95 feet in length and have a width of around 13 feet towards the middle. The materials that used to build these are Anjili, which is the main wood used to build the body, and coverings are made of local and eco-friendly bamboo poles, coconut fibre ropes, bamboo mats, coir carpets etc. The houseboats have fully furnished single double triple and five bedrooms with sundeck, private balcony with comfortable chairs, kitchen and toilets. In addition there are separate rest rooms available. Each houseboat has a three-member crew - a chef, driver and cabin assistant. The cuisine served is traditional Kerala flavour with the local specialities.

Houseboat Cruises

A houseboat cruise through the enormous backwaters of Kerala is indeed a remarkable experience. The houseboat cruise includes accommodation, food etc. Air-conditioned and non air-conditioned Houseboats are also available. Tourists have freedom to stop at sightseeing points such as bird sanctuaries, villages, backwater islands, etc. A welcome drink will be provided on arrival. Some of the popular houseboat cruises in Kerala are the short houseboat cruise in and around Alappuzha, a short houseboat cruise in and around Kollam, a short cruise in and around Kumarakom, an overnight cruise from Alappuzha to Kumarakom, Alappuzha to Kottayam and Alappuzha to Thottappally, etc.