Sunset on Vembanad Lake captured from our houseboat …
A shot of another houseboat from under the canopy of ours ….
A large houseboat with an upper deck suitable for larger parties to experience the backwaters of Kerala, India
A tour in the house boat is an unforgettable experience. The slow movement of the house boats, the gentle touch of the sweet breeze from the cool backwaters all but mesmerizes you to happiness. The greenery, scenes of the villages, the boat jetties and passengers, the farmers and paddy fields, the coconut palms on either sides of the banks, all together make your trip most beautiful. On the whole you feel relaxed, calm and gentle as the backwaters.
This boat has multiple bedrooms on two levels and is one of the larger houseboats among the 600 or so on Vembanad Lake around Kumarakom, Kerala
A houseboat is a specially designed boat for human dwelling. The Houseboats of Kerala, popularly known as the ‘Kettuvallams’ are the large floating formations with high load carrying capacity. They reflect the culture and heritage of Kerala. In the initial stages, they were primarily used for the transportation of men or / and materials from the isolated and interior villages of Kerala’s bakwater areas to the then major trading centers like Allepy, kollam, Cochin, or Kottayam etc.
In those days the main mode of water transportation in Kerala had been these Kettuvallams; especially in the Kuttanad regions. In modern times however, as a result of the improved means of transportation, these Kettuvallams almost faced a slow death. Thanks to the modern tourism industry; these kettuvallams have resurfaced in a more sophisticated and luxurious form by the name HOUSEBOATS.These houseboats of the present age are huge slow moving exotic barges used for leisure trips. They have become a major source of attraction both for national as well as international tourists visiting Kerala. These Kettuvallams / houseboats have played a great role in the economic growth of Kerala. The fact that half a century ago there were more than 5000 kettuvallams / houseboats in Kerala proves the economic importance of these boats.
A Congregation of Houseboats
Water, palm trees, canals and lush green vegetation make Kerala backwaters so famous. Houseboats are a common sight.
Have you ever gone cruising in a houseboat on the backwaters of Kerala? If you haven’t, make sure you do. This one is really a wonderful and unforgettable experience! Present day houseboats are huge, slow-moving exotic barges used for leisure trips, and are in fact reworked version of kettuvallams of olden times. The original kettuvallams were used to carry tons of rice and spices. A standard kettuvallam can hold up to 30 tons from Kuttanad to the Kochi port.