The place is well-known for the construction of houseboats in India. It is a rare experience to watch expert craftsmen in the trade of houseboat building modifying huge country boats into houseboats with added luxury and superior comfort for stay. These country boats are popularly known by the name ‘Kettuvallams’ in Malayalam. They were once a common sight along the rivers and canals of Kerala, laden with large quantities of goods being transported to remote backwater areas. Eco-friendly materials like wood, bamboo poles and coconut fibre are widely used in the construction of houseboats. Most of the modern houseboats are embodiments of super luxury including room air conditioners, king size beds, spick-and-span ambience and upper decks for sunset watching. Each houseboat is built to specific measurements and fitted with basic safety measures. The place Alumkadavu is also known for coir manufacturing, making Kollam famous for its coir products.