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A cruise in a traditional houseboat along the palm-fringed water-ways of Kerala is the most enchanting experience for anyone who visit the southern part of the country. House boat cruises are arranged for tourists in and around Alleppey, Kollam and Kumarakom.

House boats were called 'Kettuvallams', giant country crafts, measuring up to 80 feet in length. Kettuvallams means that these boats are made by tying together pieces of wood. Basically Kettuvallam was designed to transport cargo to various destinations in Kerala. But, now these boats are transformed to houseboats for tourists. The houseboats provide all the modern facilities within the boat. The houseboats are constructed in a luxurious manner with execellent furnishings and floorings. Bamboo is used for the framework of the roof and splits of Bamboo are used for weaving mat for roofing.

Most of the houseboats offers a sun deck, living and dining area and some of them provide bedroom facilities. There are single bedroom houseboats for two people and two bedroom houseboats for four people, with bath attached facilities. There are AC and non AC rooms on offer in many houseboats. The houseboats also has neat hygenic kitchens and spacious passages. Professional cooks are available for the service of the visitors in most of the cruises. The cuisine is of traditional Kerala flavour. Traditional lanterns are used as lights in Kettuvallams.

Short curise on backwaters are also available on smaller boats. The duration of these cruises are depends on the routes and can be covered in 3 to 6 hrs. Houseboats for groups can also be arranged for small cruises on the backwaters. There are facilities for conference hall in some large kettuvallams in Kerala.

The rice fields, villages, lush green shores amaze the visitor's sense of beauty. In the nights, the cool, calm and breezy atmosphere makes the jouney unforgettable.

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