And this is what is looks like. This one has 2 bedrooms, kitchen, separate bathroom and toilet, but only one terrace.
The houseboats of today - huge, slow moving, exotic barge used for leisure trips - are the reworked kettuvalloms of olden times. The original kettuvalloms were used to carry tonnes of rice and spices - a standard kettuvallom can hold up to 30 tonnes - from Kuttanad to the Kochi port.
A portion of the kettuvallom was covered with bamboo and coir to serve as a restroom and kitchen for the crew. Meals would be cooked on board and supplemented with fresh fish from the backwaters. Today, the tradition is still continued and the food from the local cuisine is served by the Kuttanad localites, on board.
Floating on a Kerala’s backwaters, the beauty of the serene waterways and quaint inlets and creeks along the coast of Kerala enchanted us. We experienced an unforgettable journey, along the tranquil backwaters having lunch on board of a typical houseboat.