Houseboats Prices

#1 Jan 5th, 2009, 14:59
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Hello,

Can anyone tell me if 7000/- per night for a houseboat is ok in the month of Feb (around 22nd) for a A/C Deluxe Single Bedroom having an Upper Deck.

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Deepa
#2 Jan 5th, 2009, 16:00
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I think it should be fine, u need to bargain a bit to get that ammount. I had been to kumarkom last week and due to peak season the price was 15k per night. Feb last week must be off-season and hence u can negotiate for 7k.

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#3 Feb 5th, 2009, 00:11
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Hi Deepa...

7000/- is way high for a single bedroom a/c boat. I was there ten days back and you could get one easily for 5000/- There is absolutely no need to reserve in advance. Just reach the jetty in Alleppey by about 9.30 am any day and there will be hundreds of boats waiting for you to inspect and select and haggle!

Also, never take the help of auto driver or taxi driver or anybody else who looks eager to help you. He will hike the original price of the boat by 1000/- or atleast 500/- and tell you which obviously goes into his pocket. So walk straight into a boat and ask the price to the boat driver. Tell him that you want to talk to the owner and haggle with him too.

Good luck
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Hi there,

aborogin is spot on, 5,000rps is the go.

Take your time when inspecting the boats.


vandy
#5 Feb 6th, 2009, 19:28
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Oh Dear !!

I paid about 10k INR when I was there around 26 Dec 2009. That was for a AC houseboat with two rooms.

Do bargain when buying prawns and lobsters as we paid 900 RPS a kg which I believe is double the going rate at the time. I suspect that the houseboat crew and vendor's have some sort of "arrangement" with regards to this.

I would also STRONGLY suggest having your main meals during the day while the boat is moving as in the evening the boats are stationery and the insects are all over the place which makes having a meal difficult unless you get a closed dining area.
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Originally Posted by Agrahwallah View Post Oh Dear !!

I paid about 10k INR when I was there around 26 Dec 2009. That was for a AC houseboat with two rooms.

Do bargain when buying prawns and lobsters as we paid 900 RPS a kg which I believe is double the going rate at the time. I suspect that the houseboat crew and vendor's have some sort of "arrangement" with regards to this.

I would also STRONGLY suggest having your main meals during the day while the boat is moving as in the evening the boats are stationery and the insects are all over the place which makes having a meal difficult unless you get a closed dining area.
Thats OK Agrahwallah, its pretty close to the going rate for a 2 bedroom A/C houseboat at that
time (Peak season)of year. I take it you meant Dec,2008.Thats a good tip about the meal times.

rgds

vandy

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