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Ahoy ! Beautiful Skies Ahead | by Anoop Negi
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Ahoy ! Beautiful Skies Ahead

Grandstand view for the Captain as he stares straight ahead guiding his big houseboat locally referred to as a "kettuvallam" through the waterways of Alleppey.


The kettuvallams start from Alleppey which is about 60kms from Cochin.


Alleppey now is the hub for backwaters tourism in Kerala. House boats locally called "kettuvallam" are available on hire on a daily basis as well as for longer duration to take visitors on the old waterways. These house boats in general have 2 bed rooms and attached bath rooms. Some of the boats have the bedrooms fitted with airconditioners. A routine trip includes food cooked on board in the traditional Kuttanad style. The leisurly cruises show a microcosm of life on the water side with breath taking views of the water, land, birds and human habitations.




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Taken on June 17, 2006