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Kerala Backwaters
4.5
Bodies of Water • Nature & Wildlife Areas
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Thomas Jude
1 contribution
Oct 2021 • Friends
It's an experience you can cherish for many years. Especially for Europeans. Some people asks how Kerala got it's name and I found wrong information in some reviews . Kerala got it's name from the dynasty that ruled this land and it was part of Tamil kingdoms. The name of that dynasty was Cherans/Kerans . Since the coconut tree was plenty in Cherans kingdom this tree came to known as Kera tree and thus this land became famous for Kera or coconut. From the two Tamil words Chera/Kera and Elam (land in Tamil) Kera lam got it's name . But later leaders of Kerala purposely promoted this story that Kerala got it's name from coconut tree's
Written 22 February 2022
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Azim
1 contribution
Jan 2022 • Couples
Booked for Kerala and really enjoyed the trip!
All our requests were accepted and served very well!
The stay as well as the food at the hotels were just amazing!
Special mention to SAMANVAYA PARASHAR who was very very helpful and guided us well right from day 1 till the time we were back.
Looking forward for Many more trips with Thrillophilia.

Thanks!
Written 14 February 2022
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Muhammad Almas
Hyderabad District, India1 contribution
Nov 2021 • Family
Very good place view hills beautiful clouds hotel and resort, driver shajar kabeer good guide they show nice place
Written 22 December 2021
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Saurabh S
25 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Hired a Houseboat for an overnight stay for self, wife and 2 kids. Our pet (a six year old beagle) had accompanied us as well.

The cruise began at 1230 pm, the boat was brought to a halt after half an hour for lunch. It was so hot but we were told that the ACs could only be switched on at night.

Due to overbearing heat, i requested the boat driver to anchor it for the night halt as soon as possible, cutting down the cruise time for more than 1 hour.

Further, paid him something additional to get the ACs switched on at around 6:30 pm. Next morning again, the cruise time was cut short by me owing to the heat and our eagerness to end our misery. Our dog had a torrid time as well. Despite having told much in advance that the pet would be accompanying, the driver of the boat was not exactly thrilled to have the dog onboard and was finicky about the cleanliness of his boat which at the first place was lacking in basic hygiene and cleanliness.

Food was the saviour during this horrific experience.

Overnight cruise at the backwaters.. definitely not recommended.
Written 22 December 2021
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raginikshitij
New Delhi, India211 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
We did our booking through blue lotus houseboat company. Our contact was some Mr Suja Vinod. We took luxury boat with Jacuzzi and honeymoon package for ourselves. The service was provided by pickadly cruises. The boat was very nice and comfortable. Luxury part was ok since we were staying in the Taj hotels in our holidays and the standard was expected. The boat had a staff of two people- driver/pilot/ captain & a cook cum all in one. The experience on the houseboat was good and relaxed which is a must do for people who have never done it. But few things to be considered. The boats don't move after 1730hrs. So they are like normal hotels. You can't sit out coz of mosquitoes. So it's kinda boring after that. I felt that one could take a day tour and will get the same feeling.
The staff did not know Hindi/English properly. Communication was an issue. Coupled with that, the all in one guy had some behavioral issue as well. He was an excellent cook, but a constipated one. The company i.e. blue lotus, had not intimated the complete terms of our trip to the boat staff or the boat staff did not give importance to the terms and they wanted to serve us the way they felt like. Few things which did not go as planned:
Boat was not taken to the place as promised.
A bottle of wine was to be presented but it wasn't.
Half a pound cake was to be given (it was our tenth anniversary that day) but the staff said 'what wine?'.
The bed was to be decorated with flowers and all but the staff thought we were old enough not to need it.
A candle light dinner was supposed to be organised by the staff thought that a five watt CFL would give the same effect.
The issues were brought to the notice of the company and as usual guest was not the king in hospitality industry here and the version of the staff was taken as truth. And we were also told that, we may go anywhere and post our review coz they didn't really bother. And infact threatened us that a case will be taken up for making false allegations against the company. ( Though now after reading other reviews about the poor hospitality, I think we should take up a case with Kerala tourism department against the company) . The boat was being operated under the laws of Kerala govt. I fail to understand how providing good service is governed by the govt.
We were given a refund of 1000₹. But the overall experience took a hit coz of the behaviour of the staff. The company rep i.e mr suja failed to understand that it wasn't about refund of money. It was about getting the service as we were promised while taking the complete payment of ₹21000 prior to the beginning of the journey. I dunno whether it was coz the company is not professional or we are North Indians.
Either ways in case you wanna go for the house boat ask 100 questions about everything that they have promised. Coz they will retract on their statements. Go in a group so you're in a position to throw your weight around on the staff and the company. Anyways, my recommendation.... Do a day trip. More than enough. Don't waste your money. Especially not on blue lotus.
Written 8 October 2021
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Mathews Joy
1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Couples
Our honeymoon house boat experience was very pleasant. We were able to relax and enjoy the greenary of Kerala backwaters.
The rooms are clean, The food is great. We had a master bedroom, master bathroom, living area, dining area and a deck just for 2 of us. And there are big windows everywhere so that you can enjoy the scenery from multiple spots.
The chef and captain of our boat was very nice and polite. We had a good time chatting with them. The chef cooked shrimp and crab on our request.

Note to future visitors:
You may not get good cell phone reception or internet while you cruise through backwaters. So tell your friends and family ahead.
Written 28 August 2021
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Kushal Saini
New Delhi, India12 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
Good experience. Good driver and food was also nice. Excellent services. Bedroom was small but if you compare with other facilities it was ok.
Written 22 August 2021
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Hummingbird Ecotourism Society
Bengaluru, India8 contributions
Apr 2021 • Friends
Kerala Backwater is a network of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast of Kerala state in southern India. This backwater is a beautiful extraordinary scene in the lap of cosmic nature.

It takes quite a while to get through the middle of the water by boat and you will see so many amazing landscapes that it will feel like a heavenly form in the bosom of the cosmic nature.

Other boats, boats and boats will be seen crossing the backwater by boat. Crowds of commuters will be able to see the boats, boats and boats. As a rule, the boat and boating of those people in the back water is a really great sight.

Many regular passengers are seen traveling in those boats and boats at very low prices. On the way to the backwater trip you will meet several rural views, which in a word is amazing.
Written 13 April 2021
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Dear Friend, First of all we would like to thank you for sharing feedback about Kerala Backwaters on Trip Advisor. Kerala Backwater Tourism Teams are feeling extremely contented to have been able to deliver you with the highest level of service and thank you so much for highlighting Nature wonder surprise in the world. Thank you again for your loyalty in our Attraction and we are personally looking forward to welcome you back home again in the near future. Yours Sincerely, Arul Sreedhar Sr. Manager
Written 27 May 2021
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Trinad A
Hyderabad, India2 contributions
Mar 2021
I would the first one to praise the beauty of the Kerala Backwaters, everybody know how beautiful are these backwaters. It is an experience you would remember for life, such greenery mixed with blue lakes and sky.

Especially one should experience the evenings in the Backwaters , when the sunsets the cool breeze touches four face with orange lights reflected from the waters will surely make you feel like heaven.

i believe if one is going to Kerala, he/she should take this ride for a day and feel this pleasure
Written 24 March 2021
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Dear Friend, First of all we would like to thank you for sharing feedback about Kerala Backwaters on Trip Advisor. Kerala Backwater Tourism Teams are feeling extremely contented to have been able to deliver you with the highest level of service and thank you so much for highlighting Nature wonder surprise in the world. Thank you again for your loyalty in our Attraction and we are personally looking forward to welcome you back home again in the near future. Yours Sincerely, Arul Sreedhar Sr. Manager
Written 27 May 2021
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Feel Cheated
1 contribution
Oct 2020 • Family
This is the worst boat house service in Kerala. They fleece you by taking to a sea food shop which is very costly amidst the backwaters saying they serve only chicken and the rest has to be purchased by you, as they have a share in it. Also in spite of me repeatedly saying the cook on the boat served very spicy food which my wife and kids could not eat. He kept on repeating this in-spite of my requests. The rooms were very dirty, bathroom dirty, and bed-sheets smelled like they have not been replaced for a month. Please don't prefer them else you are sure to be cheated.
Written 14 February 2021
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