Kettuvalloms or Houseboats (Riceboats) are country boats that were used in the early days for the transport of goods from the isolated interior
villages to the towns. With the advent of roads, bridges and ferry services, gradually the Kettuvalloms went off the
scene. Now these kettuvalloms are back again as a major tourist attraction. A ride on a Kettuvallom is a fabulous way
to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters.
Houseboat for Tour Packages
A house boat is about 67 feet in length and has a width of around 13 feet in the middle. The materials that go into
the making are all local and Eco friendly bamboo poles, coconut fiber ropes, bamboo mats, coir carpets etc. The main
wood used is "Anjili". The house boats have fully furnished single and double rooms with sundeck, private balcony with
comfortable chairs, kitchen and toilet with WC. In addition there is also separate rest room for the crew. Traditional
lanterns are used as lights. The crew includes a chef and two Oarsmen. The cuisine is traditional Kerala flavour with
the local specialities; delicious fish and prawns. There are single bedroom houseboats for two people and two bedroom
houseboats for four people.
Types of Houseboats in Tour Packages
A/c Premium - Kerala Houseboats offer premium houseboats. Premium Houseboat is having spacious living area, bedroom,
attached bath room, and Kitchen. 24 hour a/c is the specialty of the premium houseboats. On the boat the guest can get complimentary services like candle light dinner, flower bed decoration, fruit basket etc.
A/c deluxe - Kerala Houseboats offer deluxe houseboats. The Deluxe houseboat is having living area, a/c bedroom
with attached bath room and kitchen. The a/c is available during the night time only.
Punting - Kerala Houseboats offer punting traditional boats. The specialty of the houseboat is, it is manpowered.
It also has a living area, Sitting room, Bedroom attached bath room and kitchen.
Common Inclusions in Houseboat (Will vary as per season):
Lunch: White rice / Kerala rice, Veg curries, curd, pappad, pickle and Fish fry for if you prefer.
Evening tea snacks: Tea/Coffee, Onion pakkoda / Banana fry
Dinner: Chappathy, Dal, rice, Veg curries, and Chicken curries if you prefer.
Breakfast: Idly with Sambar / Puttu with Chanamasala, small banana, pineapple, Omelet if prefer, tea coffee.
Backwater route: Alleppey to Alleppey.
Check in time: 12 noon, Check out time: 9am.
Cruise timing: 12 noon to 1.30pm cruise, 1.30 to 2.30 lunch break, 2.30 - 5.30 cruise, 5.30pm - 7.30am docking time, 7.30 - 9 am cruise and then after check out
A/C timing: 9 PM to 6 AM
Meal plan: Includes lunch, dinner, breakfast, evening tea snacks (The cost doesn't include beer/hot drinks/soft drinks)
Kerala Houseboat Cruise Path (Changes may be implied as per climatic conditions for passenger's safety)
Starting from Punnamada Lake, Vembanadu Lake, Marthandam Kayal, Munnattumugham, Kainakay backwaters, Nedumudi backwaters, Champakkulam backwaters, Kangippadam backwaters and back to Punnamada.
Kerala Houseboat Picture Gallery