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Kerala Houseboat

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Kerala Houseboat

Hi

I want to do a 1 night - 2 days houseboat cruise in Kerala from 10th to 11th Aug (fixed dates, cant move around). I am keen to do Allepey as well as Kumarakom (through boarding and landing at different places).

Have 3 questions:

1. The day co-incides with the Nehru boat race in Allepey. However houseboat companies have given me quotes for that day and haven't mentioned that they wouldn't be doing the trips. One of them though mentioned that houseboats are not allowed to operate on that day in Allepey area. Thoroughly confused on who is telling the truth. If boats are operating in Allepey on 10th, shall I book a boat which allows me to see the race from the boat?

2. I have received quotes varying from 6k to 12 k for 1 bedroom houseboat. What should be the acceptable rate for this season?

3 . I have got quotes from the following companies: Elite houseboats, Nature Vision, Kerala.com for Indraprastham, AllHouseBoats - Yamuna, and Kumarakom Houseboats holiday (luxury houseboat). Any reviews on this? Any that I should definitely avoid or definitely go in for?

Please advise.

Thanks a ton!

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Hello Moncica0710,

1.you can cruise in the Alleppey backwaters . during that day houseboats are not allowed to make check-in from the nehru trophy boat terminal( which is the venue for the race) . Hence you would be checked-in to the boat from some other area ( pallathuruthy or punnamada or chungam etc) . but this doesnt mean that houseboat cruises are not allowed in Alleppey area , it is applicable only to the race track , as i said above .

2. the rates mentioned itself show the demand ( created !!) for houseboats for that day . ask them ( for those quoting 6000 ) if that is for on independent boat or a shared one ( people do that normally at these heavy rush days ) .something in the range of 9000- 10000 would be the rates for a standard houseboat during THAT particular day .

3. i have come across some reviews of elite houseboats and indraprastham here , i would try to bring it up here

NB: personally i wouldnt recommend you to watch nehru trophy race by hiring a houseboat ,it is very crowded and no guarantee that you can be lined near the race track to see it from your boat

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4. Re: Kerala Houseboat

We hired a two bed room boat for 10K for 4 people 1 night from Alleppy and I reckon that was higher in this season. However, you may like to do a bit more research on staying for two days on a boat. Here is what I shared in my review earlier - tripadvisor.com/…REVIEWS

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6. Re: Kerala Houseboat

try in varkala backwater near varkala beach , also for a cheaper rate with same facilities.

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