To start with the good part about the Boat....
1. Clean Rooms - The rooms are as good as you can expect in a 3/4 star hotel
2. decent food
3. the lounge and dining area and overall boat was enclosed so no flies mosquitoes getting in
4. Good lunch / dinner ......poor breakfast
5 the driver went fishing when the boat docked at night and caught some great fish..which my little kid enjoyed watching...
What i didnt like:
This is one of the exceptions where the on boat service staff( cook, captain, driver) were taking us for a ride and the management actually went out of the way to fix things
The check in /out as per my itinerary was 12:00 noon to 10:00 am, the captain says its 12:00 noon to 8:00 am ..ok no big deal....we can work that out, AC timing is from 20:30pm but captain says its from 21:00.....no probs I can live with that
Cruise time is from 12:30 to 18:00.......The boats leave at 12:50pm and immediately as we enter the open sea ( ~ 13:15pm) the boat stopped and docked for lunch... first we were served and then the crew had their meal.....~ 2 hours gone and boat not moving....then we slowly start chugging along and another hour or so later we dock again at a tuck shop selling cold drinks and raw sea food, the chef encourages us to buy fresh fish/ prawns that he can cook for us...the rates here are exorbitant.....we are docked again for 40 odd minutes.....then we start off again....at 17:10pm the boat stops again.....captain says that 17:30 the boats have to dock as the fishermen now come in to sea and its not allowed...well sir the time is 18:00pm when boats have to stop from what i found out why stop at 17:10.....as per captain his docking point is reached and we Must stop now.....OK so be it.....all other boats are cruising along till 18:00pm another 50 min lost.
We spend the night in the boat and next morning sharp at 7:00am the captain starts off again and heads to the finishing point....all other boats around us are either docked or cruising......now is when i lost it...i reasoned with the captain..but no luck...so I call up the boat manager..he tries to fix but no luck......finally i call the boat owner Mr Koshi...the good man got the point and said that the boat will not stop till 9:30am....we now miss our finishing point and the boat keeps cruising till 9:30am.
Breakfast was only Idly and sambhar + Chutney - not sure if thats standard fare on house boats
One point that travelers should be careful about is that when you book please make sure that you ask for INDIVIDUAL house boat, which i had done....i saw other house boats where there were 2 or three families in the same boat accommodated in different rooms.....privacy can be an issue here... .saw two couples (on honeymoon) sharing same boat.....not a pretty sight trust me.....will give River queen credit for that at-least.
overall house boat is an experience that one should not miss.
- Also Known As:
- River Queen Houseboats Kerala/Alappuzha