Alleppey Houseboats

In Kerala, houseboats are known as kettu valloms. Boats in a variety of shapes and sizes have traditionally been the chief mode of transport in the backwaters for men and material since olden days. Thatched roof covers over wooden hulls, 100 ft in length, provided protection from the elements. Over time, simple facilities were added to the boats used exclusively for travel. For the royalty, these boats even became comfortable living quarters. Later, tourism provided the necessary fillip in transforming the age-old kettu valloms into veritable floating cottages with all the modern amenities. A day’s trip for a family with lunch and snacks would cost about Rs 3,000.

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