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Price: Luxury
Type: House Boat
Rooms: 1 - 4
Location: Alleppey
Season: All Year
Food: All meals incl
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RATES
Route
Season Rates
A/c Deluxe
1 room, 2 pax
A/c Deluxe
2 rooms, 4 pax
A/c Deluxe
3 room, 3 pax
Lake Royale
1 room, 2 pax
Lake Royale
2 rooms, 4 pax
Lake Royale
3 room, 3 pax
Devas Indulge
1 room, 2 pax
Alleppey Round
11940 18600 26400 18600 31800 45600 21600
Alleppey to Kumarakom/ Alleppy/Thottappally/Neudmudi
13740 20400 28200 20400 33600 47400 23400
Kumarakom Round
14340 21000 28800 21000 34200 48000 24000
Cancellation Policy:
More than 72 hours before check in : Full refund
Between 72 - 48 hrs before check in : 75% refund
Between 48 - 24 hrs before check in : 50% refund
No show or early departure: No refund
Groups
Houseboats for 8 pax also available. Please enquire for rates. Please enquire for extra room at Devas Indulge.
Other Info:
Rates are quoted per night inclusive of all taxes. All meals are included.
Peak Season
25% extra on season rate
Off Season
1st Apr'14 to 30th Sep'14,enquire for Off Season rates
Child Sharing
Off Season Ac Deluxe 6 yrs to 12 yrs - Rs. 1000 /- above 12yrs - Rs.2000/-, Season Ac Deluxe 6yrs -11yrs - Rs.1000, above 11yrs - 2000, Season Lake Royal Premium 6yrs -11yrs - Rs.1500, above 11yrs - 3000
Day Cruise
Day cruise options available.

Houseboat Experiences, Alleppey

Kerala's most unforgettable experience is a holiday on a wooden houseboat with onboard service.

INTRODUCTION

Kerala has many experiences to offer but perhaps the most unique one is watching life on the backwaters at close quarters from a “houseboat”. It’s a wonderful way of slipping into relaxation, surrounded by water and emerald-green lush scenery. The view never remains constant. At times, it is a vast expanse of water and at other times a waterside village with interconnected canals. While sailing past houses, it is fascinating to see their ingenuity in growing vegetables and livestock on narrow strips of reclaimed land.

The houseboat is a modified kettuvallom, an enormous boat originally used to transport goods on the waterways. In those days, it had a small makeshift shelter for the crew and the rest of the boat was open. Today, the houseboat is like a small house with living and sleeping quarters at the front and the kitchen with crew quarters at the back. The remarkable thing about the houseboat is that no nails are used in its construction. The weathered timber is bound together using strong coir ropes. The upper structure is built using natural materials like palm leaves and bamboo. Once in three years, the entire upper structure is rebuilt.

SERVICE

The crew of these Allepppey houseboats usually has a captain, a cook and a helper. The meals are freshly prepared on the boat and feature Kerala delicacies. Karimeen, the piscine pearl of the lagoon is usually served at lunch. During the day the boats leisurely cruise through the canals and do not stop anywhere. By government order, all Alleppey houseboats moor at 6 pm at the riverbank. Cruising begins at 6 am next morning and ends at 10 am. The crew is trained to be non-intrusive and careful of guests’ privacy in the small space.

The main activity on any of these Alleppey houseboats is relaxing on the cushioned chairs on the deck and soaking in the sights with all your senses. There are a variety of birds that can be spotted such as kingfisher, cormorant, tern and snakebird. Children love waving out to houseboats and asking for souvenirs like pens. When early evening sets in, young boys often sit at the edge of their gardens fishing for the evening meal.

ROOMS

An experience tailored for tourists, travellers can choose his kind from a variety of Alleppey houseboats, routes and also the number of days on the boat. A day is just about enough as it is typically 22 hours from start to finish. Two days is great and more than that is recommended only if you have a specific agenda as the routes do not vary even if it is a longer stay. Boats range from basic single bedroom to multi bedroom with Jacuzzi. Some have an upper deck for uninterrupted view and sunbathing though it can get pretty hot out on the lake. A few Alleppey houseboats have air conditioning in the living area too while most have it only in the bedrooms. The bathrooms are small and clean with just a shower and WC.



Nearest Railway Station :
Alappuzha 10 kms
Nearest Airport :
Kochi 85 kms
    Reviews ( 4 )
    Zal Dabhoiwala

    2014-02-17 09:40:18

    Our trip through South India included one night on a houseboat. This was an extraordinary experience and one of the highlights of our trip. Embarkation was well arranged, with plenty of people to make sure that luggage (and people!) reached the right boat. We were welcomed aboard with a drink and soon after we started sailing, a delicious and ample lunch was served. The afternoon was spent cruising along the backwaters while enjoying the magnificent views and the hospitality of our crew. A second stop was later made for a quick walk to see a local statuary and church. Dinner, which was served after we had moored for the night so that sufficient power could be provided for the A/C in the bedroom, surpassed lunch for quality and quantity and was a fitting end to the day. Our cabin for the night was simple yet sufficient. In the morning a fresh breakfast was served as we started on the short return journey back to the harbour. Our crew was quite lovely throughout the trip and looked after us very well. All in all an experience we highly recommend. Thanks again for all your work on making this such a memorable trip for us.
    Reviews ( 4 4)
  • JR Thakur

    January 20, 2012

    Our son arranged a wonderful holiday for his parents through seek&hide website. We stayed at Old Courtyard in Fort Kochi for 2 days, Alleppey houseboat for 1 night and Aanavilasam for 2 nights. Really enjoyed ourselves as we come from Himachal Pradesh and love to see the sea and backwaters.

    Everything was very well arranged. Car was throughout with us from airport pickup to dropping off. Very polite and well mannered driver who knew all the places. Houseboat experience was beautiful since we were always surrounded by water. Both the hotels were also good and we did ayurvedic massage at Aanavilasam. We will definitely recommend seek&hide to all. Thank you.

  • Rajiv Sethi

    September 1, 2012

    Wanted a quiet and super exclusive family getaway and was recommended to s&h. Absolutely overwhelmed by the quality and speed of response. Cannot plan another holiday without s&h\’s inputs. Highly recommended.

  • Kate and Thomas Oldman

    January 24, 2013

    Did a night stay on a houseboat as this was one of our cherished dreams when we started planning our Kerala holiday. The experience was wonderful and lived up to our expectations. From the freshly made Kerala meals by Sunil the cook to the captain Babu stopping every time we wanted to click photos of the houses by the canals, the three-man crew were very kind. The houseboat cruise gives you a glimpse into a unique way of life that you won\’t be able to experience otherwise unless of course you actually stay in one of those little houses on the backwaters. This was the highlight of the holiday.

  • Zal Dabhoiwala

    February 17, 2014

    Our trip through South India included one night on a houseboat. This was an extraordinary experience and one of the highlights of our trip. Embarkation was well arranged, with plenty of people to make sure that luggage (and people!) reached the right boat. We were welcomed aboard with a drink and soon after we started sailing, a delicious and ample lunch was served. The afternoon was spent cruising along the backwaters while enjoying the magnificent views and the hospitality of our crew. A second stop was later made for a quick walk to see a local statuary and church. Dinner, which was served after we had moored for the night so that sufficient power could be provided for the A/C in the bedroom, surpassed lunch for quality and quantity and was a fitting end to the day. Our cabin for the night was simple yet sufficient. In the morning a fresh breakfast was served as we started on the short return journey back to the harbour. Our crew was quite lovely throughout the trip and looked after us very well. All in all an experience we highly recommend.

    Thanks again for all your work on making this such a memorable trip for us.

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