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The houseboat of today is an innovative version of its Kettuvallom ancestor. While converting Kettuvalloms into houseboats, care is taken to use only eco-friendly and traditional materials, retaining the bamboo mat roofs and coir mat floors. As in the old days, kerosene lanterns are used to give a romantic touch even though solar lighting is equipped. 
The design incorporates the best of the old and the new. Even while retaining the strong traditional flavor, the standards of comfort and convenience are very high. In choosing your houseboat you have the choice of single, double or triple bedrooms in standard, air-conditioned or non-A/c - deluxe or luxury categories.

A houseboat with a mini conference hall is the best choice for those who want to enjoy their meetings and get together. Modified to meet a novel concept of holidaying, they are comfortably furnished with an open lounge, one or two or three bath attached bedrooms and a kitchenette and even with an upper deck for more privacy. 

Features of houseboat
  • Traditional construction of jackfruit and bamboo, with arched grooves and projecting 'sit-outs' to conjure up images of a floating Sydney Opera House!
  • A friendly crew of 3-4 to propel the boat, untangle passing water lilies, buy and cook dinner and generally pamper you.
  • One, two or three double-bedrooms per boat.
  • Solar panel for refrigeration, cooling and lighting up the interiors.
  • Shower cubicle and flush toilet with running water.
  • Fully equipped kitchen.
  • Catering to suit all diets.
  • Refrigerated drinks available, including 'Thrilling chilled' Kingfisher beer.
  • Collection from (and drop-off at) the door of any waterside hotel.
  • Sun deck with a mattress.
  • Eco-friendly furniture is used wherever possible.
  • Recreations like chess board, carom board and fishing rod.
  • Mosquito nets in bedrooms.
  • Clean and high quality linen, blankets, towels, and kitchenware, etc. 
  • Cold storage for beverages and perishable food. 
  • Bio-chemical toilets with W/c and hand shower.
  • Boat operated with silent engine.
You can choose from a wide selection of beautiful routes for your cruise to experience the beauty of the unique water land of Kerala, to suit your budget and time frame. 
You can board at Kollam (Quilon), Alumkadavu, Thottapally, Alappuzha (Alleppey), Kottayam, Kumarakom or Kochi (Cochin), or any other backwater dock, and spend a day or several, cruising to your destination, pausing to take in local sites. 
The crew includes a captain, an engine driver and a cook, with optional English speaking guide.
The cuisine is traditionally Keralan (Vegetarian and non-vegetarian). Ethnic meals are prepared on board by your personal cook.

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