About Houseboat :
The Kettuvallam / Kettuvallom (name of a House Boat in Kerala) was historically a large floating boat with high load carrying capacity and was a part of Kerala’s culture and heritage over the past years. Even to the present day these boats float harnessing wind energy. A journey through the lagoon is interesting which passes through peaceful villages, busy boat jetties and vibrant celebrations. The boat glides across the shimmering blue waters which are gorgeous green with fringed edges. The small cargo boats called Kettuvalloms are frequently used in the waterways for the above purpose. In local dialect (Malayalam) “Kettu” means “to tie” and “Vallom” means ” boats”. Hence the name Kettuvallom was formed. These boats played a major role in the economic development of ancient Kerala, moving cargo and men from every very nook and corner of an otherwise inaccessible area, cutting across the length and breadth of the water mass. About half a century ago, there were more than 5000 kettuvalloms in the backwaters of Kerala, mainly used for transporting goods.
These huge yet graceful boats are the quintessential rice barges of yesteryears, which have been converted into luxurious floating homes, complete with bedrooms, modern toilets, well stocked kitchens and outboard engines. Built entirely without the use of nails, these boats are made of planks of jackwood, which are securely tied together with sturdy coir ropes.
Tourists from all part of the world get attracted by Kerala Houseboat stay which offer immense pleasure of the lagoons and backwaters of the God’s own Country – Kerala.
Cruise Destinations :
Alleppey / Alappuzha Round
Major attraction of Backwater cruise is Alappuzha Round trip or Kuttanad is ideal for a house boat cruise This core backwater area is rich in natural beauty with enchanting greenery all around the backwaters, as either side of the river edges the gentle surfing of the coconut palms. You can the mirror still images of gods own country and the tree branches bending precariously over the water before they shoot skywards is mesmerizing and a sight to be hold.
The major attraction in the area is Kuttanadu Paddy Field which the farming is below sea level. 11th centaury Lord Buddha Stature ‘Karumadikuttan’is also near Alleppey.,this cruise you can enjoy the real village life and scenic beauty. No crocodiles or any dangerous precious are there in the Lake or canals. Alappuzha is the also called ‘Venice of East’. The night halt is in the lake and you are safe from mosquitoes and pollution.
Kumarakom is famous for its bird sanctuary and one of the finest backwaters next to Alleppey. 2 hrs by cruise from Alleppey, you can reach Kumarakom. Almost same type of backwater area can be enjoyed in Kumarakom. Many luxury Resorts are in the bank of Vembanad Lake at Kumarakom. Major attractions in this area are Villages and resorts can be watched on the cruise, this quite area is ideal for longer stays. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a ornithologists paradise. Pathiramanal is another attraction near Kumarakom.