Alumkadavu, a small village famous for coir-waft and wood-made kettuvallams, is located in northern parts of Kollam district in Kerala, the paradise-like land renowned for its beauty and charm owing to which it is rightly called 'God's own country'.
Tourists who visit Alumkadavu is attracted to the coir ropes and kettuvallam (house boats like bigger boats) making industries that are present here.
Earlier, when the motor transport was not popular, these were used for carrying loads over water from one place to another. Later they were modified and turned into houseboats, one of the major factors that attract tourists to the Kerala backwaters.
While houseboats remain a major attraction for the tourists to stay on water peacefully and with high-level comfort, visiting Alumkadavu provides an opportunity for the tourists to know the make-how of houseboats.
Houseboats are made using indigenous and eco-friendly materials such as bamboo poles, coconut fibre and wood.
Another attraction that awaits the tourists at Alumkadavu is its coir-making units. Tourists can visit one of these units to understand how coir is produced from coconut fibre. Spinning of coconut fibre always remain a beautiful sight to the eyes.