Alumkadavu Boat Building Yard is a unique place where travellers can witness for themselves the art of boat building. Alumkadavu, small village situated about 23 km away from the city of Kollam, lies along the backwaters and has gained attention from all over the country for its boat building industry. Kettuvallam is the specialty of Kerala backwater cruising and is widely used to promote backwater tourism. Though originally designed for cargo purposes, today such boats are equipped with all modern facilities such as bedrooms, balconies, rest areas, kitchen and other entertainment options. The boat builders of this village are known for their skills which are handed over from generation to generation. It would surprise a visitor that no modern machinery is used by these builders who rely heavily on traditional principles of boat building. It would be a wonderful experience to watch planks of wood getting chiseled and crafted into wonderful vessels.