The houseboats of the present the gigantic, slow moving, remarkable vessel used for relaxation are the modified ‘kettuvalloms’ of the bygone. The kettuvallom meaning ‘boat with knots’ was so called because the complete boat was held together with coir knots only, without even a single nail for construction. The boat is made of planks of jack-wood attached jointly with coir. This is then coated with a caustic black resin made from boiled cashew kernels. A portion of the kettuvallom was roofed with bamboo and coir to serve as a restroom and kitchen for the crew. Food would be cooked on board.
The emerald beauty of kerala with its sprawling golden beaches, verdant green valleys, the tropical flora and fauna, placid lakes and backwaters, has captured the heart of every tourist and has claimed for itself a very prominent position in the World Tourism Maps as “God’s Own country”. The historic city of Alleppey renowned for its coir industry is flanked by its majestic canals earning it the name “The Venice of the East”.
The many miles of calm water, historic fishing towns, spectacular scenery and excellent fishing makes Kerala Backwaters the ideal location for a houseboat vacation.