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1 Bedroom Houseboat in Alappuzha

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About This Sleep Aboard Boat

Rent this Houseboat for $125 per day in Alappuzha, Kerala

The houseboats, as we know them today, the huge, slow- moving, exotic barges used for leisure trips - are the renovated kettuvalloms of olden times. The original kettuvalloms were used to carry tons of rice and spices from Kuttanad to the Kochi port. An average kettuvallom can carry up to 30 tons.

The kettuvallam or 'boat with knots'- is so called because the entire boat is held together with coir knots alone. Not a single nail is used during the construction. The boat is made of planks of jack-wood jointed together with coir. This is then coated with a caustic black resin made from boiled cashew kernels. With careful maintenance, a kettuvallom can last for generations.

Back in the day a portion of the kettuvallom was covered with bamboo and coir to serve as a restroom and kitchen for the crew. Meals would be cooked on board and supplemented with fresh fish from the backwaters. The tradition is still continued on the houseboats of today and typical Kerala cuisine is served by the crew on board, who themselves come from Kuttanad, the heart of the backwaters


  • Type: Houseboat
  • Capacity: 2 People
  • Rental Minimum: 1 day
  • Cancellation: Full Refund 5 Days Prior


  • Life jackets/required safety gear
  • Cabin
  • Toilet
  • Wheel steering

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