Houseboats of Kerala, the olden times Kettuvalloms refurnished and beautified for the sole purpose of Backwater Tourism. In the land of Kerala, during olden times these boats were rice barges or heavy goods carriers called Kettuvalloms. As time passed new means of transportation emerged and these boats gave way to the modern barges and faster boats. But the beauty and eco blended traditional construction gave them a new role of action in Kerala's tourism activities. A Houseboat journey through the long stretching backwaters of Kerala is considered not to be avoided at any cost for a tourist coming here, into the God's own country.If stretched virtually more than half the length of Kerala is backwaters. The longest backwater of India and largest of Kerala, the Vembanadu covers 3 districts of Kerala like Ernakulam, Alleppy and Kottayam So the way to explore a major inland landscapes and villages and the common life of Kerala is through Boat journeys, and Houseboats are the most comfortable moving living cottages you can get.
Building a houseboat
Raw materials used for building houseboats are Wooden planks(Anjily wood/Jackwood, jack fruit tree planks etc), Bamboo, coir ropes, Areccanut tree logs, Cashew-nut husk oil compounds etc. The hull of the boat is made of Anjilii wood, which is treated for enough time to make them water resistant. The planks of wood are tied together with coir made of coconut husk. Hence the name Kettuvalloms which means coir tied boats. Not a single nail is used in the making of these boats and just the logs are tied up together using coir. Obviously well trained and experienced traditional engineering done here. The woods are smeared with cashew nut husk oil extracts to prevent deterioration from water. the roof is thatched with palm and bamboo logs. Bamboo and areccanut logs are used in making the boat house walls. Apart the house boats are made moving luxury resort rooms with all the modern amenities you can expect.
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