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A Housboat on the Asthamudi lake near Chavara Kollam

The Houseboats or Kettuvalloms of Kerala are giant country crafts, measuring up to 80 foot in length, retrieved from being lost to the State altogether

Once these Rice Barges ruled the backwaters, poled along by one or two men, heavily loaded with rice, coconut and other commodities. But in the recent times, the ketuvalloms or houseboats have been replaced by more and modern modes of transport, relegating them to neglect and decay. It takes great skill and meticulousness to construct these giant Houseboats or Kettuvaloms

Traditionally, the Houseboats was called Kettuvallam, which means a boat made by tying together pieces of wood. Unbelievably it may sound, not a single nail is used in the making of a ketuvallam. Jackwood planks are joiined together with coir rope and then coated with black resin made from boiled cashewnut shells

There used to be an entire clan of artisans who were involved in kettuvallom or houseboat construction. Today, an innovative holiday idea has restored these majestic representatives of a unique culture and with them their makers

The Kerala houseboats that cruise these emerald waterways are an improvisation on the large country barges which were an essential part of the land's ethos in days gone by

These houseboats have A/C bedrooms and bathrooms with showers and all modern facilities

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  • Copyright: Radeeh Ramesan (RADEEH) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 15 N: 737] (2802)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2009-08-14
  • Categories: Transports
  • Exposition: f/4.5, 1/500 secondes
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  • Versions: version originale
  • Date Submitted: 2009-08-23 18:48
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