Godavari Delta Houseboat cruise (12/24hr) meet up

#1 Jan 16th, 2009, 23:15
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OK, this meet up could be a little different.

First, the dates, any day from 30th Jan till 15th Feb.

The cost, surprisingly small.


Andhra Pradesh tourism organise houseboat cruises around the Godavari Delta, the starting point is at a place called Dindi, it's next to Chinchinada Bridge (I went there last year, so I know exactly where it is) the closest big town is Narasapur.

The houseboats can be hired for 6, 12 and 23 hours, each houseboat has 2 rooms and each room can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children (up to 8 years)(I don't know if they will allow 3 adults and no children in a room), the 6 hour cruise doesn't sound like enough to me, and the 12 hour cruise would be difficult because of transport times, meaning at least one night would need to be spent in the (expensive) tourist hotel in Dindi, so the 23 hour cruise seems good value.

I'll try to arrange the 4 foot speakers and the bollywood dancers.

The prices for the whole boat are as follows: -

6 hours = Rs 1890
12 hours (9am till 9pm) = Rs 2940
24 hours (10am till 9am) = Rs 5040

I don't mind sharing a room with someone (and I don't mind sleeping on the floor), but 'm also willing to pay for a room for myself if the numbers aren't correct, so that means the other room on the houseboat will be available for Rs 2520 for the 23 hour cruise (air con is available when the houseboat halts for the night), food is extra.

I can't get the AP tourism website to open, a pity, you'd see that the housebats are amazing, but I know the houseboats are operating, I asked about them when I was in Rajamundry at Christmas.

To get to Dindi....

Using Polakollu station (about 8kms from Dindi), there are....

Well timed overnight trains to/from Hyderabad

Well timed overnight trains to/from Tirupati.

Overnight trains to/from Vishakhapatnam, though only Sleeper Class on this train and the arrival time in PALAKOLLU is 04:32 (if on time).

Also, you can use BHIMAVARAM JN or BHIMAVARAM TOWN stations (21kms from Palakollu), there are well timed trains to/from Chennai from these stations.

I could meet whomever comes at either Bhimavaram or Polakullu and we could take a taxi/auto from there to Dindi.

The 23 hour cruise would leave most of the following day for something else, how about Yanam (Pondicherry), an old French town at the north end of the Godavari Delta (about 40kms north of Dindi), it could be an interesting place to visit, I heard last year that they were building a massive replica of the Eiffel Tower at Yanam.

Fro Yanam, it's a 60-70kms journey to Rajamundry, or a 30kms journey to Kakinada, both places have overnight trains to Chennai or Hyderabad, and Rajamundry has overnight trains to Tirupati.

So, anyone fancy a floating meet up?
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#2 Jan 17th, 2009, 03:12
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Very Interesting

Indeed Very Interesting.
Great Steven!!
Alas, I may not be able to do this time.
(But at least I am bumping this up!!!!)
#3 Jan 17th, 2009, 04:05
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Let me know how it goes. I may take my kids there.
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Interesting, but I dont know if I can get away for a few consecutive days at that time. Not ruling it out, though.

The boat trip is not a great attraction for me, unfortunately
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The boat trip is not a great attraction for me, unfortunately
I can arrange a few large waves and some problems with customs officials.

I think you'd make great company, and I'm looking forward to meeting you again.

But I must be honest, I'll be in Hyderabad either just before or just after the Godavari delta (depending on the date the houseboat trip), so can meet you then.
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short term notice - wanting to go on the godavari

my friend and i (female) are leaving tomorrow from darjeeling. we will be in rajamundry on the 1st of february and were wanting to go on a godvari cruise, and would love to share the expense of an overnight! internet access may be a bit of a problem as we will be on the train for all the time in between, but if this trip can be worked out, that would be grand.

in any case, we will be in rajamundry at least the night of the 1st and possibly longer. let us know if we can work something out.
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This was a post in the beginning of last year. So Steven has already done the cruise. How was it Steven by the way?
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Interested!

I am interested in doing this houseboat excursion...will be back in Delhi on Jan 30 and can fly to Chennai (or wherever is closest)....Im Canadian, in India with spare time til Feb 13th.

I just arrived a few days ago so am not very familiar with the places you've mentioned. Please let me know exactly what date to meet so I can make arrangements.

Thanks!
Priscilla
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felesti and prissy,
iam based in hdyerabad, andhra pradesh, if you guys are planning on godavari cruise, let me know, i will be happy to join ya guys,
regards,
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Originally Posted by prissy4ever View Post I am interested in doing this houseboat excursion...will be back in Delhi on Jan 30 and can fly to Chennai (or wherever is closest)....Im Canadian, in India with spare time til Feb 13th.

I just arrived a few days ago so am not very familiar with the places you've mentioned. Please let me know exactly what date to meet so I can make arrangements.

Thanks!
Priscilla
#10 Jan 29th, 2010, 12:43
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I didn't do the houseboat in the end, instead I had a fascinating day trip from Rajamundry up the Godavari river, though I'm not sure if there will be enough water in the river to do it this time of year, I went in late December.

Read about it here. (posts 112, 117 and 120 (also includes details of Voderavu, a fascinating fishing village/beach near Chirala, about 90kms south of Vijayawada)
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riverboat trip

sorry for the late response, but we are in transit and finding an internet cafe is no,t al,ways easy!

plus the one i've found seems to put commas in random places!

we are in rajahmundry now and looking for a trip to take on the 3rd probably. but i don't know anything about it so i can't give any more info for a meetup.

i'll try to post what we did find, ,so, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,(more random commas) so if it's a good trip i'll let you know.

in any case, priscilla from ,toron,to - definitely try to leave delhi as everywhere else i've been so far (kalimpong darjeeling vishakapatnam and rajahmundry) has been a nice change.
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update to riverboat situation...

unfortunately, during the window we had between train tickets, teh river was too low and riverboats were not going out! so sad.

however, the hussain sagar tour boats in lumbini park (did i spell it wrong?) in hyderabad have their own tollywood dancers! recommended if you like that kind of thing (i do).

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