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Watching the sun set over the Kerala backwaters was a highlight of my visit to the region. The Kerala houseboats, or Kettuvallam, are famous for their unique, traditional, thatched roof design. Although the houseboats vary in shape and design, they all share the basket-like roof, giving them the nick-name, basket boats. The name Kettuvallam comes from the Malayalam language, where ?kettu? means ?to tie? and ?vallam? means boat.


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Kettuvallam Houseboat on the Kerala Backwaters /

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