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  • The traditional Kerala houseboats are huge, slow-moving, exotic barges now used only for tourist cruises. Keralan Rice Boats are simply a re-worked model of the Kettuvallams (in the Malayalam language, Kettu means "tied with ropes", and vallam means "boat"), which were used to carry the agricultural harvest such as rice and spices from the fertile rice growing paddy fields of the Kuttanad to the sea coast at Alleppey or Cochin. Kerala houseboats were considered the most convenient means of transportation in the absence of any meaningful roads. They have thatched roof covers over wooden hulls which protect the cargo from the sudden tropical rains of Kerala.Boats in a variety of shapes and sizes have traditionally been the main means of transport of men and materials in the Kerala Backwaters since olden days. In particular, the house boats were used to ship rice and spices and other goods between Kuttanad and the Cochin port. It was a three-day affair in those days. A standard house boat, which could be about 100 feet long, can hold up to 30 tons, and that is as much as three big lorries can.
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