I took this shot at Backwaters of Alappuzha.. It is a house boat..
Have you ever gone cruising in a houseboat on the backwaters of Kerala? If you haven't, make sure you do. This one is really a wonderful and unforgettable experience!
Present day houseboats are huge, slow moving exotic barges used for leisure trips, and are in fact reworked version of kettuvallams of olden times. The original kettuvallams were used to carry tons of rice and spices. A standard kettuvallam can hold up to 30 tons from Kuttanad to the Kochi port.
The kettuvallam is held together with coir knots. Not even a single nail is used during the construction of the boat.. The boat is made of planks of jack-wood joined together with coir. This is then coated with a caustic black resin made from boiled cashew kernels. With careful maintenance, a kettuvallam can last for generations.
A portion of the kettuvallam was covered with bamboo and coir to serve as a restroom and kitchen for the crew. Meals would be cooked onboard and supplemented with freshly cooked fish from the backwaters.
When the modern trucks replaced this system of transport, some one found a new way that would keep these boats, almost all of which were more than 100 years old, in the market. By constructing special rooms to accommodate travelers, these boats cruised forward from near-extinction to enjoy their present great popularity.
Now these are a familiar sight on the backwaters and in Alappuzha alone, there are as many as 500 houseboats.
While converting kettuvallams into houseboats, care is taken to use only natural products. Bamboo mats, sticks and wood of the areca nut tree are used for roofing, coir mats and wooden planks for the flooring and wood of coconut trees and coir for beds. For lighting though, solar panels are used.
Today, the houseboats have all the creature comforts of a good hotel including furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, cozy living rooms, a kitchen and even a balcony for angling. Parts of the curved roof of wood or plaited palm open out to provide shade and allow uninterrupted views. While most boats are poled by local oarsmen, some are powered by a 40 HP engine. Boat-trains - formed by joining two or more houseboats together are also used by large groups of sightseers.
What is truly magical about a houseboat ride is the breathtaking view of the untouched and otherwise inaccessible rural Kerala that it offers, while you float!
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lousat (64127) 2013-08-18 1:00
You have raison,this is an unforgettable experience!! Magnificent capture of this house boat in a fantastic scenery made by water and palms,excellent details and colors and great relflections under the boat too like a lot of underscores,i like it ! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
ikeharel (43975) 2013-08-18 1:18
Marvelous taken the palms on waterfront, and the boathouse cruising.
Exquisite image, fine sharpness and convey well the calm ambiance while floating along.
My cong.'s, cheers for the beautiful pic.
Have a nice week ahead,
Miguel82 (14442) 2013-08-18 2:44
Nice view of Keralan backwaters, an unique ecosystem of marsh and channels, you show here a kettuvallam, a type of barge, it's possible to sleep inside, there are everything on board
A brillant picture
Good We dear Indrashish
annjackman (15529) 2013-08-18 2:50
This is definitely a place that I want to visit and the houseboats look so romantic. You show such a pin sharp picture with delightful colours and reflections. A really excellent composition.
Kind Regards, Ann
jhm (127955) 2013-08-18 3:47
Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
These houseboat is excellent placed against the green forest
You play excellent with light and shade.
Colours and sharpness are perfect.
I like your composition, excellent captured.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
subhendu_bagchi (21024) 2013-08-18 3:50
kobe Kerala giyechhile go? Nice shot from the backwater, I assume... Your presentation of this houseboat is superb with great light and magnificent depth. Like the colour tone also. A very good one dear brother. Thanks for it.
eldancer1 (20772) 2013-08-18 7:41
Beautiful house boat! I wouldn't mind living in it. Nicely captured with good lighting separating the houseboat against the background. Sharp details. Well done, tfs.
yquem46 (35320) 2013-08-18 7:54
Sweet memories for me with this houseboat
This one looks brand new and contrasts perfectly with the palm trees behind it
have a nice sunday, best regards
psamaddar (1089) 2013-08-18 11:01
nice scenic beauty..well captured and composed..good show.
pajaran (41681) 2013-08-18 22:42
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst, sa datim podacima ...
Lep pogled na brod kucu ...
Dobra kompozicija, lepo pokazan brod kuca.
Lepo mesto sa zelenim drvecem i trenutak sa refleksom na vodi.
Lepa brod kuca.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
Very interesting and good text with the given data ...
Nice view of the boat house ...
Good composition, nice boat house shown.
Nice place with green trees and a moment with reflex on the water.
Beautiful boat house.
Have a great day, all the best in the new week that started.
papagolf21 (79548) 2013-08-18 23:46
Merci de nous offrir une si belle prise de vue. Une image qui donne des envies d'évasion et de découverte.
La réussite est bien présente à travers cette composition.
Très bonne journée.