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The best part of the kerala tour would be the travel in a houseboat. These boats are called “kettuvallam”.  They were used as a mode of transportation for moving goods from one place to another. These boats are mostly made of bamboo,wood,coconut fibre and other naturally available stuffs. They can carry  5-30 tons of weight at a time, depending upon the size of the boat. A kettuvallam is built by placing wooden planks on the boat and tying them together with the help of coirs. A resin made from boiled cashew kernels is applied over the coir knots to keep them together. If properly maintained, a kettuvallam will remain good for over 100 years. Now these kettuvallams are used for tourist attraction as they can take people to remote inaccessible areas. The houseboats are available in different size according to the needs of the people.
There a single bedroom, double bedroom and triple bedroom houseboats available. Some houseboats have first floor with balcony . They have entrance at the centre of the boat. The houseboats are fully furnished for tourism purpose and all the available furnitures are made of bamboo and coconut fibre. Even the toilets and bath fittings are made of bamboo sticks. Its really a good experience to rent a houseboat and travel through the backwaters of kerala, enjoy their beauty. The kettuvallam get water from a plastic tank kept above the roof. They waste from the toilet is flushed into the running water. They are well maintained everyday so that their lifetime will increase. These kettuvallams are steered by long bamboo poles or by motors. Even though they are a bit expensive, they are worth it.
House boats - Alleppey
  Alleppey is a beautiful place located on the west coast of india. Alleppey is famous for its backwaters and the house boats. The climate is excellent throughout the year. The restaurants at alleppey are known for the tasty sea foods they provide.

Alleppey is well connected by roads to trivandrum,kollam,ernakulam and kottayam. From trivandrum, KSRTC buses are available to alleppey from 5 a.m to 8 p.m. The national highway 47 connects trivandrum to alleppey. The journey takes 3 - 3.5 hrs and we have to pass through kollam. Kollam has a small but beautiful beach.House boats are available for the travellers for stay along with food facilities. Some of the ayurveda medical centres are located on the backwaters which are frequented by tourists from all over the world.
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