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“Experience God's Own Country”
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4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
Alappuzha, Alappuzha District, Kerala

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SoumenCho...
Hyderabad, India
Level 6 Contributor
66 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Experience God's Own Country”
Reviewed 4 January 2015 for a stay in December 2014

The ultimate experience Kerala has to offer is a backwater cruise in one of the traditional houseboats, also called Kettuvallems. Perhaps no other attraction is so appropriate with the tagline of Gods Own country as a cruise along the several backwater canals and through Lake Vembanad.

It all starts with chartering a houseboat for 1 to 3 nights, and the options are anything from a one to 7 bed room houseboat, modern, premium, luxury with all amenities and usually the services for a full cruise are on full board basis.

We checked in at 11 am, thats the usual check in time. The boarding point is the jetty in Alleppey. We had a 3 bed room boat to ourselves. Our boat had a 3 member crew, of them one was exclusively the cook, and the other took turn turns to be the captain and helping with other jobs.

Our boat was a 3 bed room, all attached bath, with running hot and cold water, shower facility. The boat had a separate dining area in the middle, all the bed rooms were fitted with airconditioners. The front of the boat has very nicely designed sitting area, the lounge, and side benches. A tv with a satellite connection is also available for viewing in the night or for small children, you would not think of doing anything else during the cruise as the waters and the cruise will keep you completely mesmerised.

We started from Alleppey, cruised through the Punnamada lake and then came into Lake Vembanad. The vast expanse of the backwaters keeps you enchanted all through, the breeze simply blows you away and at all times we were taking pictures and capturing the moments as we passed by and cruised.

several fishermen fishing, rice and paddy cultivation along the canals, mostly below sea levels, several houseboats passing by, it is a sight to be remembered. At around 1.30 pm the boat anchors in a very calm and quiet place along the R Block for lunch. Lunch is fish fry, 2 vegetable currys, dal, sambhar, rice, dessert and all made in typical Keralian home style.....we kept licking our fingers and gasped for more.

Lunch break is usually one hour, as the crew also takes their lunch at the same time. After lunch, we started to cruise again and continued to cruise until 6.30 pm when it anchored for the night. Dusk falling over the backwaters, sunset across the horizon was amazingly beautiful. Evening snacks and tea/coffee kept us going.....

Pournami has 3 houseboats, all three of them are anchored next to each other in a very remote serene and quite place. this also helps for the any emergence to be tackled by the crew like we had with a failing ac due to voltage fluctuation and therefore power could easily be drawn from one of the boats which had a larger generator.

As soon as we anchored, mosquito nets were dropped and fixed all around the front open deck, to prevent mosquitoes and insects from entering....very thoughtful and this worked really well. We then strolled a bit through the village capturing the moments which was wonderful.

Dinner was served, we had time to ourselves to chats, games, gossips and by the time night fell we were in heaven.

Morning was early, sun rises after 7.30 am considering we are in the south and on the west coast. We all had quick showers, and at breakfast was served at 7.30 am. We started our return cruise at 8 am and docked at the finishing point in Alleppey sharp at 9 am.

Overall this was an experience we will cherish all through our lives and we definitely wish to come back. The backwaters of Alleppey and Kerala have all together over 900 kms of cruising. So there are many routes to choose from, however the pricing will vary.

Take your time out, and come to this wonderful place to experience Gods Own Country !!!

A few tips for every one :-

1. Maintenance of the boats are usually not perfect. So check out the bathrooms, if all the handles and levers are intact, shower works, Ensure that the WC flushes works, and solid waste is cleared as lack of pressure can be an issue. Check out that the water clearance in the shower area is not stuck and clears quickly
2. Check that all ACs are in working condition and the boat can individually take the load of the all the ACs in the night.
3. Remember a Premium category boat will allow you to run the AC throughout the cruise where as a Deluxe category will allow you to run between 9 pm and 6 am. The difference between Premium and Luxury is only in the AC operating hours.
4. Take a boat with an open lounge and deck, it is more enjoyable and you are in much more sync with nature. some boats come with an upper deck, even better :-)
5. Above all research, start early on, get in touch with the houseboat company directly without having to go through an agent. Remember Nov to Feb is peak so expect to pay more than the lean period.

Above all think of doing a cruise during full monsoon.....thats another experience altogether.

Happy Holidays !!

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Liked best: The food and the experience of staying in a Kettuvalem cruising the serene backwaters of Kerala
Liked least: The maintenance of the houseboat, particularly the bathrooms
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
2 Feb 2015
We are happy to hear that you really enjoyed your trip. Thank you so much. Come back soon :)
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JasminePV
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Excellent staff and service”
Reviewed 2 January 2015 for a stay in December 2014

We stayed for a night in this houseboat. The scenery was beautiful. Food was amazing. Above all, the staff were really accomodating. One minor thing we would suggest is to have the A/C on during the day instead of the night. The houseboat has A/C only from 9pm-6am, however it would be better if it was in the daytime as that is when it's hottest in kerala.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
2 Feb 2015
We are happy to hear that you really enjoyed your trip. Thank you so much. Come back soon :)
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Ratish D
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“More than what we had expected”
Reviewed 1 January 2015 for a stay in December 2014

We were a group of ten people who had booked the houseboat for 24th December. Needless to say, the service and quality were top notch. The staff were very courteous and helped us with all our queries. I can confidently say that it was one of our best and treasured moments in kerala.
I am sure to recommend to all my friends and family who would like to enjoy the stay in the houseboat...

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
2 Feb 2015
We are happy to hear that you really enjoyed your trip. Thank you so much. Come back soon :)
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Asrar A
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Day cruise in the house boat”
Reviewed 30 December 2014 for a stay in December 2014
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we had 4 families, the day day cruise was the best part of the trip where we had experienced & disciplined staff, good tasty good made by them, enjoyed the sight seeing. No hidden charges of any sort. Boat was neat and clean in fact like a four star hotel..

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Liked best: the food and hospitality
Liked least: how to reach the place
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
People with pets
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Management Response
2 Feb 2015
We are happy to hear that you really enjoyed your trip. Thank you so much. Come back soon :)
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Nitin B
1 review
“Heaven on the Earth”
Reviewed 29 December 2014 for a stay in December 2014

It was the most beautiful day of our Kerala Trip. The staff was very courteous and friendly. Houseboat was very neat and clean. The food which was served on Houseboat also very good. We really enjoyed it.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
2 Feb 2015
We are happy to hear that you really enjoyed your trip. Thank you so much. Come back soon :)
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