Our traditional houseboats, called "Kettuvallams", are designed to complement the beauty of the journey in the picturesque backwaters. They are built with wood harvested from local jackfruit tree plantations, hand-stitched by local craftsmen with coconut fiber rope (coir) and strengthened with fish oil—a tradition pre-dating industrial engineering techniques but proving stronger than modern alternatives. We are committed to keeping this knowledge and traditions alive, with your support.
Each is furnished comfortably and attractively while hewing close to tradition. The Goldstar-certified boats have one, two or three bedrooms. All have an open-air living area and a fully-equipped kitchen. Prior to sunset your boat will come to rest along the shores in a spot where you can watch the colorful sky closing out the day and transitioning into evening. If the sky is clear, the stars are normally brighter here than at other more populated locations because there are not many lights from human settlements. Before, during, or after dinner try turning off all the lights and admire the night sky from a unique vantage point.
The communities of the backwaters are maintaining their vibrancy thanks in part to the growth of the houseboat crafting and the subsequent visits of travelers from around the world. Our boats are staffed entirely by members of these communities, selected for their positions based on innate hospitality traits and fully trained in culinary and guest service skills. We hope you enjoy their company.