Houseboat for 20 people?

#1 Feb 17th, 2009, 03:38
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I am planning a trip through south india before my wedding and have 20 american friends travelling with me. Are there houseboats available to accomodate us? 10 rooms would be optimal or even 2 or 3 boats that would travel together would be fine as well.

also we are staying in cochi for 2 days followed by 1 day/night for the houseboat tour, and then back to cochi to fly to chennai. is there a specific tour or location that is recommended for our circumstances? otherwise I am assuming a return trip to/from allepey. although if possible a tour that would bring us back to cochi would be great.

thanks in advance. this site is truly a great resource.

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Hi & Welcome to IM

Re your Houseboat Query,

The Oberoi Hotel Chain have their own Houseboat in
Allepey area, it's pretty big, but I am not absolutely sure about accomadating 20 persons.

If you go to members galleries In the Photos Section and see my Photos, there is a picture of the Oberoi houseboat.

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thanks for the info vandy.

I googled the oberoi houseboat and found out a few more details. it sounds like it sleeps 18 or so. It's called the Vrinda and it seems like they only do 3 day excursions. I'll look into it some more and see what the story is.

I'm hoping that 2 (or 3) boats can cruise along and be somewhat "together".

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You could have 2 three-bedroom houseboat and 2 two-bedroom houseboats. The boats could cruise somewhat together and you could meet at any time. The boat staff would manage it. You could choose Alleppey around / Alleppey - Thottappally which goes more South. In this route, the houseboat is anchored in a fresh water river, where you could swim. Oberoi houseboat is too modern to experience the backwaters. There is no charm. Just google Kerala Houseboat and you could find many operators.
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Hire two three bedroom house boat. I did travel with a 20 member gang. What we did is we all were in the same house boat till the night. Night the boats were docked together and hence people can go to the other boat just to sleep after their dinner. It will be real fun. The tour operators will take care of this.
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Originally Posted by jackcelliers View Post I am planning a trip through south india before my wedding and have 20 american friends travelling with me. Are there houseboats available to accomodate us? 10 rooms would be optimal or even 2 or 3 boats that would travel together would be fine as well.

also we are staying in cochi for 2 days followed by 1 day/night for the houseboat tour, and then back to cochi to fly to chennai. is there a specific tour or location that is recommended for our circumstances? otherwise I am assuming a return trip to/from allepey. although if possible a tour that would bring us back to cochi would be great.

thanks in advance. this site is truly a great resource.

-jack

I don't think there are any hoseboats which can accomodate 20 people. There are two types of boats one which are with a upper deck and other without any deck at all. At max there can be 3 bed of 4 bed boats, so at most 8 people can be accomodated on one houseboat. As the no of bedrooms increase the space for sitting is lessened. So at best you can hire 1 boat with upper deck where you all can stay put during day and evening and then you can disperse to all other boats for night sleep.
I had hired houseboat from welcome cruise, call Tom 9447304376 who helped me get the boat.
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thanks for tips. it makes a lot of sense to cruise together on one boat (with an upper deck) and then shift to multiple boats at night. that's what we'll do
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We rented multiple boats for a 13 person wedding entourage. Works great, we tied the boats together for lunch and socializing and each boat is small enough for a proper backwater tour.
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Originally Posted by Shaktipalooza View Post We rented multiple boats for a 13 person wedding entourage. Works great, we tied the boats together for lunch and socializing and each boat is small enough for a proper backwater tour.
Shakti, what do you mean by "small enough for a Proper backwater tour" ?


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What happended to the post of 'jolly thomas.?
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Originally Posted by prashshir View Post I don't think there are any hoseboats which can accomodate 20 people. There are two types of boats one which are with a upper deck and other without any deck at all. At max there can be 3 bed of 4 bed boats, so at most 8 people can be accomodated on one houseboat. As the no of bedrooms increase the space for sitting is lessened. So at best you can hire 1 boat with upper deck where you all can stay put during day and evening and then you can disperse to all other boats for night sleep.
I had hired houseboat from welcome cruise, call Tom 9447304376 who helped me get the boat.
How much had you paid?..please guide me
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I just returned from kerala trip... I had paid Rs 6000.00
for 2 bedroomm A/C house boat
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can you post photos of the boat here ?
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Well... I was trying to get some info on Oberoi Vrinda in the forum. I've seen the vessel last week in Alleppey (my home town)... Heck, all these years I wasn't knowing such a luxury vessel is operating here, here's one snap which I clicked.

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