A Guide on ALLEPPEY or ALAPPUZHA Houseboat- Step By Step Guide on Alleppey Houseboat: My Experience in Kerala Houseboat
Alleppey or Alappuzha is known as Venice of the east, built in the 19th Century. The City of Alleppey is the cleanest city in India, its freshwater canals, lakes, sandy beaches are very clean and beautiful to see. Located 53 km from Cochin, Alleppey is the favorite honeymoon destination in Kerala mainly due to the Houseboat and backwaters. A day spent cruising in the lake with the traditional Kerala cuisine and night in the Houseboat makes the day memorable for everyone.
Alappuzha or Alleppey – is the center point of Kerala's backwaters, home to an immense system of waterways and more than a thousand houseboats. Meandering around the little yet disorderly downtown area and Bus stand area, with its humble framework of waterways, makes Aleppy the 'Venice of the East'. In any case, travel west to the shoreline or essentially some other way towards the backwaters and Alleppey ends up noticeably smooth and greenery-bordered, vanishing into a watery universe of towns, punted kayaks, toddy shops and, obviously, houseboats. Kerala Holiday is incomplete without a visit Aleppy backwaters.
General Information about Alleppey
Climate of Alleppey: 22 to 35°C in summer and 20 to 32°C during winters
By Air: The Cochin International Airport, 75 km
By Bus: KSRTC buses connect Alleppey to all Cities in Kerala.
By Train: Alleppey Railway station is within the city
Road/Self Drive: 75km from Airport
Best time to Visit: August to March
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My experience in Kerala houseboat: Houseboat cruise through Kerala backwaters: Best thing to do on your honeymoon in Kerala
Cruising through Kerala backwaters in a houseboat is something very unique and it can only be experienced here in Kerala. Perhaps one of the most romantic things to do on your honeymoon is to hire a houseboat with Kerala style food, flower bed decoration, and candlelight dinner.
In order to experience this, I have decided to go on a houseboat with colleagues, we reached Alleppey by 9.30 AM in the morning and since checking in was at 12 PM we have decided to spend some time in Alleppey beach and it was worth it, beach was clean and was not crowded, I love beaches when it is clean and not crowded. Coming back to my review on the houseboat, we checked into the houseboat by 12.30 and it felt really good the very moment we entered into the boat, the houseboat crew welcomed us with a warm smile and gave us a tender coconut as welcome drink. I was very curious to know about the interiors of the houseboat what they have done to look so elegant, as expected it was really amazing. It was like a good traditional Kerala style heritage hotel. The rooms were big comparatively a small bathroom but I had no complaints, after all, it was built on a boat and we cannot compare it with hotels or homes. As the boat slowly departed we came back to the open area to experience our first ever houseboat cruising. There were many houseboats of different shapes and sizes some of them even had a capacity to hold 180 people. The cost of a new modern luxury houseboat will be in INR 50 lakh to 2 crore range.
It was just so good to see the full glory of village life as the boat cruise through the narrow canals. The houses on the shore were in different sizes and some were small and some were big bungalows but all these houses had one thing in common that is it was surrounded by water. Most of these houses did not even have approach roads. These narrow canal systems and the canoes were the modes of transportation in this area. It was a common sight that people were traveling in canoes and the entire tourist was looking at them or taking pictures of them as they were doing some circus.
As we gradually moved towards the lake and it was mind-blowing, were blown by the wide expanse of the Lake it was peaceful and relaxing. These sights did not only give me a relaxing time but an unforgettable sight that I will cherish for the rest of my life. By 1 PM the crew ready with our lunch and when I looked at the dining table it was full of delicious Kerala meals with special karimeen fish fry and prawns roast with a lot of side dishes and rice. It was a mixture of both veg and non-veg dishes and it tasted really nice.
By 5.30 PM, the boat was docked near a paddy field; I came to know that the parking place is owned by the boat company. They served us hot tea with fresh banana fry and some pakoda’s.
We spent some time in roaming around and went outside to look around and the boys were curious to taste some fresh toddy which they got it from a local guy who came to collect the toddy from the coconut tree. By 8 Pm the dinner was served and we hit the bed by 11 PM. The experience was something unique; sleeping on a floating boat is something you should experience once in your life. We got up in the morning by hearing the engine sound of the boat. We went to the open area to see the life of the villagers in the morning; they were all busy to get on with their life. We were cruising for just one hour; the crew took a shortcut to the jetty. We reached by 9.30 AM and what amazed me, was the way they parked the boat it was just like car parking in a parking lot.
There are few things you need to keep in your mind before going on a houseboat. A houseboat is not a hotel and it has its limitations, the boat is traveling on water and you cannot expect it to be as comfortable as a hotel room. Make sure that you close the doors and windows before night because the light will attract bugs and mosquitos and it will be very difficult to get rid of them. Please keep it in mind that continuous exposure to the sun and salt water makes the houseboat different than what you have seen it on photos. Houseboat crew maintains their boat really well and it will be clean and tidy.
Who should hire a houseboat?
Any person who is looking for a different or unique experience, not something similar to a hotel. A houseboat is different, never to be missed in your Kerala tour package. If you are planning to book a houseboat keep these things in your mind. Always close the windows and doors of houseboat before 6 pm. always keep a good relationship with the crew members and if you want to tip them do it before the cruising rather than doing it at the end.
How Much Does a houseboat in Kerala Cost?
Independent One Bedroom Houseboat: Rs 5,000 to 15,000/- ( Night stay with all meals on board and day cruising)
Independent Two Bedroom Houseboat: Rs 7,500 to 23,000/- ( Night stay with all meals on board and day cruising)
Independent Three Bedroom Houseboat: Rs 11,500/-to 28,000/- ( Night stay with all meals on board and day cruising)
Independent Four Bedroom Houseboat: Rs 14,000/-to 38,000/- ( Night stay with all meals on board and day cruising)
Independent Five Bedroom Houseboat: Rs 29,000/- to 40,000/- ( Night stay with all meals on board and day cruising)