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“Traveling in the waters of peace”

Queen Elizabeth Houseboats
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Our newly refurbished Houseboats exceeds all Indian maritime safety authority for houseboats and safety requirements.
Reviewed 14 April 2015 via mobile

Best vacation ever. The houseboats were marvelous. The journey through the water is so calming and soothing. The food even though a little too spicy is especially tasty. The 'Karimeen fry' with Palakkadan Matta rice was so good that it will leave wanting more. We even got the chance to taste the out of season shrimp delicacies that was just mouthwatering. The sights during the journey is pure gold. This is really God's own country.

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Reviewed 26 March 2015

Recommend doing a 3 - 4 hour canal trip and then enjoy the night in a nice hotel rather than overnight on the house boat. You can get the experience of the canals and the scenery and seeing the lifestyles of the locals in a half day ride. Many other travellers felt the same way. There are 1800 boats in the Kerala Backwaters according to our boat staff. It gets monotonous after awhile and you repeat some of the same canals so you do not need to conform to the tour guide bookings of the overnight ride. It is overrated. The food was fine. Disappointed in the work ethic of the boat crew in that they took a nap in the afternoon after our lunch so we just sat anchored on the side of the canal for an extra hour after lunch while we watched other boats come and go. One of the crew went home in the evening to be with his family and when he came back the next morning another crew member left for his day off so we just had two crew on the way back. It was fine but tough to think they are paid better and expecting more tips than the lowly paid hard working hotel staff. You start the cruise around 12:30, stop for lunch around 1:30, cruise for a couple more hours with a stop at a fish market and need to be anchored by 5:30 p.m. You cannot start again until 7:30 a.m. the next morning and you are docked around 9:00 a.m. We did do a walk in the area when docked at night but not too much to see of life on shore. Again, worth cruising the backwaters to see the lifestyle along the canal but just do it for a half day.

8  Thank Barb N
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Reviewed 25 March 2015

It was an awesome experience of backwater trip . Interesting to explore the lifestyle of locals along the canal . Food was nice

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Reviewed 24 March 2015

We really enjoyed the Backwater trip, it was wonderful floating experience. The food was very basic, I was wanting more fish dishes. The rooms were clean but ours smelt of diesel when the a/c was on. The kitchen was clean and the dinning/lounge area was great. I was interesting to see the people living by the water and to experience the wildlife all around. Then you moor, what a disappointment, nothing to see or do. If only they would moor near a small town, so you can go for a walk and see the people. This was 5.30pm so there was alot of daylight left. You are in the middle of nowhere.

7  Thank Shaw55
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Reviewed 20 March 2015

there are 1500 houseboats in the Kerala backwaters. A relaxing change from touring in the cities. Our chef was great and the food was so fresh compared to the heavier rich food of the north. Our chef even spent an afternoon giving us recipes for some of the things that he had prepared. We got to see how they make the boats and that was interesting. Life along the canals is quite different.

1  Thank TXChefDebbie
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