Kerala houseboats are one finest example of man made wonderments which delightfully contrast with the evergreen creation of the almighty in a harmonious and musical way to offer sheer pleasure to the vacationer in Kerala. Made with outmost care and designed to please the visitors, Kerala houseboat are eco-friendly and the ideal gateway through which one can enjoy the vast stretches of the backwaters, whose beauty are beyond comparison and descriptions. Houseboat is a country craft better known as "Kettuvallom" in Malayalam language. These boats were used for the transportation of goods from the isolated villages to the towns in the yester years. Once they ruled the backwaters, poled along by one or two oarsmen, heavily loaded with rice, coconut and other commodities. With the emergence of more sophisticated transportation, this became less popular. Now these "Kettuvalloms" are back again as a major tourist attraction with lots of modification in the architecture. It is about 80 feet long and has a width of about 14 feet in the middle and tapers at the ends.