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Alleppey Houseboats

Alleppey houseboats in Kerala, south India, are huge, slow-moving, exotic barges used for leisure trips. They are a reworked model of Kettuvallams (in the Malayalam language, Kettu means "tied with ropes", and vallam means "boat"), which, in earlier times, were used to carry rice and spices from Kuttanad to the Kochi port. Kerala houseboats were considered a convenient means of transportation.

The popularity of Kettuvallams has returned in the function as major tourist attractions.Such a houseboat is about 60 to 120 feet long and about 15 to 18 feet wide at the middle. The hull is made of wooden planks that are held together by ropes of coconut fiber; the usual wood is 'Anjili'. The roof is made of bamboo poles and palm leaves. The exterior of the boat is painted with protective coats of cashew nut oil.
General Information


  1. Pick up (Check-in) time for all the cruises are at 11:30 am and dropping (Check-out) time is 09:00 am. The two and a half hours in between 9:00 am and 11:30 am is required for refilling the fuel and housekeeping activities of the houseboat.

  1. Distance travelling on each day will be 30/35 KMs or 5 to 6 hours on an average. Please note that the places/distance covered will depend on the time of arrival, climate and wind conditions, place of check in(pick up) and number of days cruising.

  1. Modest dress would be most appropriate while cruising the canals. The attire for sunbath should be used only in the open lakes.

  1. Meals served The Fixed Menu is offering Typical Kerala cuisine. Any changes required will have to be intimated in advance. Pure Vegetarian dishes and Jain or Satwik food preparations are also known to the cook.
        Lunch Rice, Sambar, Vegetables, Fish fry, Salads, Pappad.
        Evening Tea / Coffee with snacks (banana fry).
        Dinner Rice, Chappathy, Vegetable curries, and chicken
        Breakfast Bread, butter, jam and eggs to order or
                            Puttu Set with Banana, pappad and curry
        On advance request we serve dosa / idli / puttu or any other Kerala specialties for break fast / lunch or dinner.

  1. Mosquitoes and flies (insects) in the back waters is a natural partners to the human beings. The presence of mosquitoes, flies, small insects cannot be 100% eliminated as excessive usage of poison gases, sprays will be hazardous for the guests and the crew, but a permitted servicing and usage is done to reduce the presence of the flies and insects to the lowest.

  1. The AC facilities in Houseboat are on Generator supply and do not have the efficiency of a unit running of direct electricity. The turbo cooling and below 22 degree cooling like normal household and hotel AC is not be possible on houseboats and is same for all irrespective of category. Frequent opening of doors of the rooms running AC will increase the room temperature. 

  1. Houseboat has an open cruise area; the entire constructions are with natural leaves, Coir, Bamboo and Wooden furniture.

  1. The displayed images and effects, houseboats are stimulated for the illustrative purpose only, actual image and houseboat may vary. The quality and service will remain same.

  1. With a small water tank on the roof top, the availability of water is limited and hence should be used carefully. Size of the toilet is around 20 sq. ft with western closet, hand held showers, wash basin and water taps.

  1. The size of the bedroom is around 80 sq ft and mostly have twin (2 separate) beds and blankets.

  1. The normal timing of the AC in the Houseboat is from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am in the bedroom.

  1. Please do not waste drinking water in any ways.


  1. The houseboats are be manned by 3 men - a captain, an engine driver and a cook. All the staff are from in and around Kuttanad with some training in hospitality aspects. They speak the local language - Malayalam, but can understand English because of their experience in this field.

  1. You are free tip the crew as this will help to supplement their income earned during the 6 month season.

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