Houseboat tourism is the newly much showcased facet of Kerala tourism. As it has a traditional touch blended with amenities anew, it could win the hearts of tourists, especially foreigners.
The ancient Kerala had the history of water transport as it is abundant with backwaters. The Raja's regal wooden boats, huge in size, was sown by the muscled- adiyans. Wooden boats at time were the symbol of wealth.
Time gave way to machines. When bridge and roads were constructed across lagoons, houseboats gradually disappeared from scene. Today, the houseboats, known as kettuvallam are back with all the regal comforts of mansions- well-furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, cozy living rooms, passages, kitchen and balcony. Majority of the houseboats are air-conditioned and powered by engines. The entire boat is constructed with 'Anjili' wood. Only natural materials like bamboo, palm leaves, coir etc. is used for boat building reflecting Kerala's unique style of architecture.
The true magic about a houseboat ride is that you are in the midst of the lush greenery of otherwise inaccessible inland villages of Kerala, while you float. Also you can experience the pulse and innocence of village life with bird watching, local fishing etc. A wide selection of beautiful canal ways is available for the cruise. The palm fringed earthen banks; mirror still lagoons and the picturesque beauty will never let you say 'bye' to this ' God's own country'.