The tourists are allotted only two hours of visiting time. Around 40 people are allowed at a time to enter the premises.
The shikhara boats are smaller in size with roofs and sides being carved with bamboo sheets that depict the Kerala style of handicraft works.
With no tourists or services, demands have been raised to waive the ports licence fees and pollution control fees for the houseboats.
In the tourism industry, the only ray of hope was backwater tourism and currently, even that is practically down and out.
After the initial excitement of exploring the houseboat abets, and once you settled in comfortably with the coconut water that is offered as a welcome drink, here is what you can do to make your houseboat stay truly memorable.
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Kerala's traditional cuisines, prepared by the Kudumbashree workers, would also be served on board.
The houseboat owners and the workers are now busy getting the houseboats ready for tourists.
Till last year, Kumarakom used to witness a big rush of visitors during the months from March to May.
Presently, 7,046 people are under observation in Alappuzha for the infection of whom 11 are in hospitals.