The houseboats were once routine vessels used to carry food supplies around the state. They were built to carry the weight of supplies. But with the Highways and interconnecting Railway lines making their appearance in the state, the canals and ports were rendered impractical. The once busy Trivandrum- Shoranur canal which connected the south of Kerala to its Northern parts lost its sheen. Also, the houseboats were a luxury usually afforded by rich or feudal lords of the state.
With modernisation and interconnecting rail and roadways making an entry, the houseboats have now turned into luxury rooms for the travellers. Currently, there are many houseboats travelling the place than the autorickshaws especially, in Kumarakom and Alappuzha.
A regular houseboat is 80 feet in length. The wooden planks are tied via coir ropes without requiring the use of bolts, nuts or nails. To increase the durability of the boat a layer of black resin is painted over it. This application of black resin is prepared from the boiled cashew-nut shells. A traditional Kerala boat will have partitions made of wood and a roof with bamboo slices or coconut leaves. This traditional houseboat has now become a sailing star hotel for many a traveller. Equipped with modern amenities and built to last using the traditional methods, this is a great choice to explore and relax at the same time, making the Kerala houseboat packages a favourite with the tourists.
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