Kettuvallam - rice houseboat

The rice houseboat traditionally known as 'Kettuvallam' is made entirely of natural materials; wood, rattan and bamboo, in harmonious tones of brown and honey.

Staying on a traditional Kettuvallam

The rice houseboat traditionally known as 'Kettuvallam' is made entirely of natural materials; wood, rattan and bamboo, in harmonious tones of brown and honey. It has neither engine nor machinery of any sort on board. Sixty eight feet long and ten feet wide, with a slightly unturned prow and rear, it sits low in the water. In front, roofed but otherwise open to air, is the living and dining area, its sides shaded by shutters propped open at midway by bamboo poles. This comfortable space is covered with coir matting and is furnished with rattan chairs, day bed style mattress and a table. Although the superstructure is only a few years old, the boat itself is a century old. Until it was reconditioned as a rice-boat, it transported rice and wood. Enjoy this relaxing cruise along the backwaters passing by small villages, rice paddies, and rubber plantations where daily life takes place on around and in the water! This is a time to chill and watch life gently pass by - relax with a book, join the crew with fishing and try your hand at the Asian game of Carrom.
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