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KERALA HOUSEBOAT
kettuvallom' in the local language meaning `knotted boat', the modern day houseboat is a reincarnation of the traditional canoe used to transport items of daily home use from the mainland to homes cut away by the winding waterways known as `backwaters' The term backwaters are used to denote a network of canals and waterways stretching two hundred kilometers from Kollam in the south through Alleppey and Kumarakom in Central Kerala up to Kodungaloor.