Ketuvallom (House Boat) is a country boat that was used in the early days for the transport of goods like rice, coconut and other commodities from the isolated interior villages to the towns. kettuvalloms are a major tourist attraction. A trip to Kerala wouldn't be complete without a trip along the Kerala backwaters on a houseboat. The coconut lined backwaters, diverse wildlife, and houses and villages that line the backwaters make it an unforgettable experience. The Kerala backwaters are a memorable backdrop for a romantic holiday.
From Alleppey, you'll be taken on an adventure through the various backwaters to places such as Kumarakom, Kottayam, and Alinkadavu (near Kollam). Houseboats travel a distance of around 40-50 kilometers (25-30 miles ). You can hire a boat for a day trip or overnight trips. Day trips start around mid day to around 6 pm.
A houseboat measures up to 80 feet in length, They are made of bamboo poles, coconut fibre, ropes, bamboo mats, carpets etc. The main wood used is “Anjili”. There are houseboats with fully furnished rooms. All of them have sundeck, private balcony with comfortable chairs, kitchen and toilets. In addition there is a separate rest room for the crew. Traditional lanterns are used as lights. The crew includes a chef, and two oarsmen. The cuisine is of traditional Kerala flavour alongwith the local specialties both veg and non veg which is cooked for you on the boat..
There are A/c and Non A/c house boats with Deluxe and Luxury facilities. The houseboat holidays of Kerala are increasingly becoming popular with domestic as well as international tourists.