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The houseboats operating in Kerala backwaters are huge, slow-moving, exotic barges used for leisure trips. They are a reworked model of KETTU VALLOM (in the Malayalam language, Kettu means "tied with ropes", and vallom means "boat"), which, in earlier times, were used to carry rice and spices from interior backwater villages to Alleppey and Cochin Port Kerala houseboats were considered as convenient means of transportation.

The popularity of KETTU VALLOM has returned in the form of HOUSEBOAT and function as major backwater tourist attractions.

Houseboats of backwaters are of various pattern and different sizes.

Raw material that goes into making of a houseboat is of local origin and is eco-friendly. Bamboo poles, coconut fibre and ropes, bamboo mats and matting, coir carpets, cane furniture are being used for interior designs. All guest’s rooms are fitted with split air condition units, western style toilet and bath. (See terms and conditions). Sun decks, sit-out lobby, passage, separate staff toilet arethe other spaces allocated in a houseboat.

ONE bedroom houseboat of backwater is designed to stay for 2 adults , couple or honeymooners .These houseboats are of about 55 feet in length & 14 feet width . It has1 specious guest room of area 9 feet x 9 feet with double bed facility, western style toilet and bathroom , attached.

TWO bedroom houseboat of backwater is designed to stay for 4 adults , family friends .These houseboats are of about 70 feet in length & 16 feet width . It has 2 specious guest rooms, each room with areaof 9 feet x 9 feet, double bed facility, western style toilets and bathrooms, attached.

THREE bedroom houseboat of backwater is designed to stay for 6 adults, family friends. These houseboats are of about 85 feet in length & 17 feet width. It has 3 specious guest rooms, each room with area of 9 feet x 9 feet, double bed facility, western style toilets and bathrooms, attached.

FOUR bedroom houseboat of backwater is designed to stay for 8 adults, family friends .These houseboats are of about 95 feet in length & 18 feet width. It has 4 specious guest rooms, each room with area of 9 feet x 9 feet, double bed facility, western style toilets and bathrooms, attached.

FIVE bedroom houseboat of backwater is designed to stay for 10 adults , family friends .These houseboats are of about 105 feet in length & 19 feet width . It has 5 specious guest rooms, each room with area of 9 feet x 9 feet, double bed facility, western style toilets and bathrooms, attached.

SIX bedroom houseboat of backwater is designedto stayfor 12adults, family friends .These houseboats are of about 115 TO 120 feet in length & 20 feet width. It has 6 specious guest rooms, each room with area of 9 feet x 9 feet, double bed facility, western style toilets and bathrooms, attached.

Hull of a backwater houseboat is made of wooden planks that are held together by ropes of coconut fibre and the wood being used is also local origin known as “ ANJILI”. Roof is made of bamboo poles andpalm leaves. Exteriors are painted with protective coats of marine paint andcashew nut oil..

Backwater houseboats constructions are dynamic and are fast changing field. By adopting modern construction technologies every day, comfort and leisureis assured while stay in a houseboat in the backwaters of Kerala.

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