It was a great experience.
Mainly the boat was clean and well maintained
the boat staff were very friendly and courteous (because they even allowed us to take the food(some side) they have prepared for them ;) )
And the kerala food they provided was really delicious
The guy named mukul was really helpful in doing all the arrangements
U PEOPLE SHOULD TRY IT
The whole journey was very soothing to the mind. The service was excellent. All three of them were very friendly which improved the quality of the travel
1st Anniversary celebration is like 2nd honeymoon so has to be something special. indeed it was with houseboat. we booked luxury a/c houseboat for 24hours from Aleppey to Kumarkom. it was very exciting to start- room, small bathroom inside, kitchen, music deck, tv and the wheel of the boat. On our boat there were two men to run the show. We started in afternoon from 1pm and after half an hour took hault for lunch. we opted for vegetarian and believe me it was damn yumm like five star food cooked by these boat people only. We told in start to cook with refine oil and not to use coconut oil so we were saved. after 1 hour wait we started again.... saw many other houseboat crossing. day trip also available there if someone don't want 24hours. you can enjoy music on full volume also if want. saw Chinese fishing net set up at the shore. loved the colourful houses and resorts on the sides. then in evening by 5pm they stopped at the side as it was time for fishermen to tie there fishing net on the bank. till next morning. so time to use mosquitos repellent thank God I was carrying Odomos cream with me. there we had onion pakodas with tea and Maggi which we carried with us. these people only made for us. heard music and then dinner came. bed was comfortable and cozy. It had all hotel type facility ...fresh towels, soap for hand wash etc. we got up at 5am. there we saw fishermen and banana boat riders who will offer you ride as well at cost. I felt scary but adventurous. after morning tea we started again to Kumarkom tunnels. by the way by road Aleppey to Kumarkom is 15km only. saw rice paddy fields, white colour resorts and other beautiful houseboats. they dropped us at 10 am to Kumarkom we paid them rest of the money and they dropped us by car to our next stop that is Mahindra home stay. They helped us to drop station next evening and provided 24hrs car with driver for city view. infact they only picket us from kovalam in car to houseboat in Aleppey. it's 3hrs journey by the way.
We rented a two bedroom houseboat for 1N. The houseboat was clean, well maintained and with a fully covered, spacious lounge. This is important as there could be insects coming in when you spend the night on the lake.
The reservation process was very simple; the team is very responsive and one can expect a response within couple of hours.
The check in process was smooth. We were picked up from the boat jetty of the hotel we stayed.
On board staff (Shaji, Sunny & Jayesh) were wonderful and very friendly. We opted for local Kerala food and it was amazing. We got whatever we asked for.
The boat was moving for most of the day time taking us to the different parts of the lagoon and giving us views of villages.
The review will not be complete without mentioning about the exceptionally big bathrooms attached to both the rooms. Both of them had a tub and were bigger than what we normally get in a hotel room.
Overall a value for money.
We also used their service for airport pick up and drop and the vehicles reported on time.
Hope they will start accepting payment thru credit card soon. Right now one can pay using net banking though.
It was a right decision that we took to book with Kumarakom Houseboat Holidays, the service was amazing , staffs were polite , kind and co-operative , ambiance were very nice , bedrooms were spacious ,bedsheets ,covers pillows were ok ,fresh rooms were spacious ,clean . the outside visibility from boat was very good,. Food was amazing and well appreciated . It was great if they could get Wifi on the boat.
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