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Xandari Riverscapes
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
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“Outstanding”
Reviewed 19 March 2012

We cruised the houseboats for day/night on the backwaters. While the scenery was awesome, I was very much impressed with the level of service and attention paid. There were 3 attendants on the boat who took care of all our needs. The level of service was simply outstanding. Will definitely go again.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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XandariResorts, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review, 10 June 2016
Hello!
Our goal was to provide the luxury of calm and privacy in a beautiful, natural setting with friendly staff and authentic cuisine.
We're so happy to hear that you chose to experience it with us!

Since your travels we've rebranded as Xandari Riverscapes - so should your travels take you to Costa Rica, do look us up. And if Kerala is on your map again, we’d love to host you by the beach or on the harbour. More travels to you!

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
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Reviewed 17 March 2012

Had a wonderful time on the houseboats and cruising through the peaceful backwaters. Would highly recommend to anyone that wants to experience the culture of India and a tropical getaway. Meals are spent on the boat in between scenic routes through the canals. I hope to go back soon.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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XandariResorts, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review, 6 June 2016
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No trip to Kerala, or even India for that matter, is complete without a journey along this amazing water network. And we complement the scenic views with what we bring to the table - fresh catch of the day cooked authentic Kerala style, a spread featuring rice and a host of Kerala specials.
- We're so happy to hear that you chose to experience it with us.

Since your travels we've rebranded as Xandari Riverscapes - so should your travels take you to Costa Rica, do look us up. And if Kerala is on your map again, we’d love to host you by the beach or on the harbour. More travels to you!


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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 14 March 2012

My family and I spent one night on a 2 bedroom houseboat (Manimalayar) with River Escapes. From the very beginning the staff were very courteous and hospitable. We were slightly delayed in our arrival due to heavy traffic, but the staff made adjustments and waited for us. The houseboat itself was very spacious. Rooms are cozy and very clean. Our 5 member crew were very friendly. One of the very first things they did was introduce themselves and give us a tour of the houseboat, which helped us ease into our cruise. I almost feel like they went out of their way to make us feel comfortable and enjoy ourselves. For example, my younger cousin wanted to steer the houseboat, which the "captain" gladly allowed (with supervision, of course). Food was absolutely delicious. The chef even went out of his way to make some local delicacies that my dad requested. One of the most memorable parts of the cruise was the one hour canoe ride along the narrow canals. It's almost like stepping back in time! The canals are lined with tiny houses with lusciously green paddy fields lying close by. You have to see it to believe it! Overall, the trip was definitely worth it. Everyone found themselves thoroughly refreshed at the end of the day and enjoyed every moment of the cruise. Very good value for money. Would definitely recommend.

Room Tip: Ask for a boat with a deck. I hear they're limited, but they have the best views, the best breez...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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XandariResorts, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review, 6 June 2016
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It’s heartening to read of your memory of the great backwaters. No trip to Kerala, or even India for that matter, is complete without a journey along this amazing water network. And we complement the scenic views with what we bring to the table - fresh catch of the day cooked authentic Kerala style, a spread featuring rice and a host of Kerala specials. Incidentally, the cruise route is known as the Rice Bowl of India given the paddy cultivation here.

Since your travels we've rebranded as Xandari Riverscapes - so should your travels take you to Costa Rica, do look us up. And if Kerala is on your map again, we’d love to host you by the beach or on the harbour. More travels to you!

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 February 2012

This trip is simply amazing, would recommend to all! Our crew of 3 were so lovely and helpful, food on the houseboat was amazing! The experience is unbelievable!!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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XandariResorts, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review, 6 June 2016
Hello!
We couldn't agree more that spending time in the calm of the Kerala backwaters is one of the most wonderful experiences we know of! Gentle breezes, freshly prepared Alleppey cuisine and friendly staff are luxury indeed.

Backwater sunsets get better and better as the seasons change - you'll have to return to refresh your memory sometime soon!
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Chandigarh, India
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Reviewed 4 February 2012

Stayed there only for a night but everything was excellent. And I mean everything...The service, the rooms, the food, the backwaters, the trip between "floating" villages, the chef! The crew, the houseboat

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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XandariResorts, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review, 6 June 2016
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Backwater beauty. Delicious Kerala cuisine. Friendly staff. It sounds like you checked off all the points for a great houseboat experience! We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed it.

Since your travels we've rebranded as Xandari Riverscapes - so should your travels take you to Costa Rica, do look us up. And if Kerala is on your map again, we’d love to host you by the beach or on the harbour. More travels to you!
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Property: Xandari Riverscapes
Address: A.C. Road | Near Pallathurathy Bridge, Alappuzha 688003, India (Formerly River Escapes)
Region: India > Kerala > Alappuzha District > Alappuzha
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 154 Speciality Lodging in Alappuzha
Price range (per night): ₹ 13,116 - ₹ 38,509
Hotel Class:3 star — Xandari Riverscapes 3*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Xandari Riverscapes Life on the backwaters has a different set of rules. First, since there are no roads we depend on canals, rivers and lakes for our travel routes. Most families have a boat of their own. Children often learn to swim at least as early as they learn to walk-you are likely to see kids splashing in the local equivalent of a playground. Their school buses float, as do the postal vessels delivering to homes here. Even the supermarket floats!River Escapes provides an experience of the backwaters of Kerala in a vessel whose history harkens back to the ancient rice trade of this region while also providing modern comforts. These vessels are designed to balance authenticity and innovation. They are engineered to balance comfort and environmental responsibility - we pioneered the technology now considered the gold standard of emissions reduction. Most importantly they are staffed by members of the local community who are proud to showcase their corner of God's Own Country to visitors.A unique set of waterways in our state's central region allows us to showcase three districts that represent the "rice bowl" of Kerala - all by boat. We started operating our houseboats in 2006 and are now the respected leader on the backwaters in terms of environmental responsibility, commitment to the communities where we bring visitors and in terms of guest satisfaction. ... more   less 
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