In Malayalam, the word "Vellam" or "Vallam" refers to water and so even a boat indirectly. "Kettu" refers to tying and therefore to the rope indirectly. The word Kettuvellam (or Kettu Vallam) jointly means this houseboat that is made of rope made out of Coconut bark.


The word Kerala comes from Kera Alam which means the big forest grove of Coconut trees. It is also called as Kairali in Malayalam. And so naturally we do see a lot of Coconut Grove in Kerala.


These houseboats were originally created to ferry the paddy produce to the land. In Allepey and nearby area, the local farmers use the backwater as a main source for irrigation. These paddy fields are kept filled with water for quite a lot of months before being irrigated and worked on. Slowly these boats have been used to transport people and mostly travelers on a overnight journey.







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  • bratboy76 8y

    Yes Rick. They have Air conditioning but since the entire boat works on diesel, they use AC only for the nights. We got to pay extra if we need it to run any earlier.

    There are many different sizes of houseboats right from what you see here plus the one that has one floor and with 2 bedrooms to bigger sizes that has upto 8 bedrooms. Kind of luxurious stuff but worth every time.
  • Capt.Balakrishnan 8y

    Lovely pic
  • bratboy76 8y

    Thanks Bala sir.
  • Joe Zachs 8y

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    Kettuvallam, once used for ferrying Rice from the paddy fields is now merely a tourist attraction.

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  • bratboy76 8y

    Much thanks Jim.

    And you are right that kettuvellam was used for ferrying Rice.

    Kerala truly holds a lot of interesting things to learn.
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