Traditionally, the houseboats were called Kettuvalom, which means a boat made by tying together pieces of wood. Not a single nail is used in the making of a Kettuvallom.The material used for the making of Kettuvallom is all from the nature-Jack wood planks are joined together with coir ropes and beaten coconut fibres. The wood commonly used to make Kettuvallom is "Anhili". Bamboo poles, bamboo mats, coir carpets etc is used for the making of Houseboats. These 80 feet long crafts have been adapted into luxuriously furnished houseboats. The interior of the houseboat is really unbelievable - It's a House on Water! Each houseboat is beautifully decorated with coir mattress on the floor. Houseboats normally have spacious living/dinning area and sun deck. It is attached with toilets, separate toilets for crew. Spacious passage and neat kitchen. Clean towel and blankets are provided. Three workers are appointed on the houseboat, one cook and other two to drive the houseboat.
This houseboat is designed specially for honeymooners. The living area is glass covered as to facilitate full time air condition in bed room & dining cum living area. It is designed with a private upper balcony.
Fully glassed private living area, 5 star accommodation, king size bed room, Jacuzzi & Shaver panel, fully glassed private dinning area, operate different cruise route & food menu, full time air condition and the world class lighting arrangements make the evenings more attractive.
Five star facilities. It is fully equipped with quality accessories of international standards including 42" Panasonic 3D LED HD TV, Panasonic blue-ray player, DVD Home Theater, 12.1 surround speakers ,Cordless Mic with powerfull amplifier system for Busines and social gathering, spot lights etc.
The boat has 2 spacious bedrooms which have gorgeous interiors Each room has an en suit bathroom and toilet. One of the highlights of the boat is its largest hall, which has an approximate capacity of 50 people at a time, provides a small party area for Business meeting, Birthday and Engagement party etc..
For those who can not afford the cost of overnight stay in a houseboat, the shikkara ride in the backwaters of Alappuzha or Kumarakom in Kerala is an excellent option. The shikkara is a traditional open canoe like country boat which has been equipped with bamboo seats and an over head bamboo canopy for shade. A shikkara can accommodate four to fourteen persons depending on its size.
The shikkara I took for ride had eight seats. There were four of us plus the driver. The shikkara has a four stroke outboard petrol engine for propelling it. The ride started from the boat jetty of Alappuzha. The shikkara crossed the canal and went into the main backwaters. It floated on the gentle ripples. There were a number of houseboats and motor boats in the backwaters as it was tourism season. The most exciting feature of a shikkara is that it can go even into very small canals and interiors which houseboats and motorboats can not traverse. The shikkara took us into the remote interior areas of Kuttanad as the locality is called. We could see the rural life of the water borne villages of Kerala men fishing in canoes, mussel farming, coir making in households etc.
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