These houseboats were traditionally called as Kettuvallams (boat with knots), which means a boat made by tying of wood pieces together. Not a single nail is used in the making of these traditional huge rice boats. Each jack wood plank was joined to the next with coir ropes and then coated with a caustic black resin made from boiled cashew nut shells. The materials used in the boathouse are all local and Eco friendly bamboo poles, coconut fiber ropes, bamboo mats, coir carpets etc. With careful maintenance, these rice boats lasted for generations and formed an integral part of the ethos of this land. These traditional country boats were used as the mode of transport in the early times from the isolated interior villages to the towns. But these boat services have been laid off with the developments taken place in the road transport services in the recent past.
Today, these giant 80 ft. long goods carriers of a past era, have been adapted to make the most exciting tourism product in India – the luxuriously furnished houseboat. But recently there are lots of new developments adopted for making the new generation luxury Houseboats (not so traditional).
Kerala Travel Agent & Tour Operators offer house boat cruises as integral part of their Kerala Tour Packages. Houseboat vacation in Kerala is considered to be the highlight of Kerala visit. Honeymoon in Houseboat is also an interesting trend. There are many Houseboat honeymoon packages are available. Stay in a Kerala houseboat (rice boat) during your vacation for a memorable backwater cruise experience in Kerala. Houseboats of all the leading Houseboat operators in Kerala are provided. Best Houseboat cruise operators are selected from Kumarakom and Alappuzha.
A Kettuvallom (Riceboat) usually has one, two, three bedrooms, an open lounge with dining area, kitchenette, spacious passage. All the bed rooms have attached bathrooms/showers with cold/hot water.
Kitchen is properly protected from hazards by fireproofing and fire extinguishers.
Clean good quality linen, blankets, towels are provided
Log books and tourist records are updated regularly.
The cuisine is traditional Kerala flavour with local specialties; delicious fish and prawns.
The Houseboat crew includes 3 persons (a chef and 2 oarsmen).
You can board and disembark the Houseboat at Kumarakom, Muhamma, Punnamada, Alleppey, Pallathuruthy & Thottapally Jetties.
Driving distances to the different Boat Jetties:
Muhamma – 2.20 hrs
Alleppey – 2.30 hrs
Pallathuruthy – 2.45 hrs
Thottapally – 3.30 hrs
Muhamma – 4.45 hrs
Alleppey – 4.00 hrs
Pallathuruthy – 3.45 hrs
Thottapally – 3.15 hrs
Delicious Kerala cuisine is provided in the Houseboats.
Kerala cuisine has a multitude of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes prepared. Coconut & Spices play an important part in Kerala cuisine. Few fresh herbs are also used, mainly consist of the commonly used curry leaf, and the occasional use of fresh coriander and mint.
Welcome drink (Tender Coconut or fresh juice)
|Lunch – Kerala traditional||
Vegetarian dishes, Sambar, Aviyal, Thoran
Pappad, Pickle, curd, green salad.
Fish curry or fry will be also provided.
Kerala snacks – banana fry or finger chips
Vegetable dishes, Dal fry, curd
Pappad, Pickle, green salad.
Special Kerala chicken curry
Bread toast, butter, jam, egg omelet, fruits
Or Kerala breakfast:–
Appam/Idiappam with egg curry or
Idli/Dosa with sambar curry
The Food menu given above is to give general idea of what we serve.
Some dishes/items may change according to the season & availability.
Different menu (Continental, North Indian, Jain food) can be set on your prior information.
In case any of the guests are successful in catching some fish on board it will be cooked as well . Guests can also buy crab, fish or lobsters from shores and request the chef to cook the same on board for dinner in the houseboat.
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