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#1 Mar 16th, 2009, 17:40
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Unfortunately due to this rules of india mike I am unable to protect houseboat tarvellers from using an unreputable company based in kumarakom for e debacle of a trip they tried to enforce on us for twice the advertised prices locally. So therefore I can suggest that all travellers check the boats personally, do not give any deposit money as they are non-refundable or an excuse is found like "we have already paid the boat staff" etc, the low season begins during feb, so dont fall for the "low season from march 1st" nonsense & if you landed in cochin, then you'll have sufficient local choice which will include a return taxi which is a 1800rupee round trip saving and their boats are eco-friendly with the punting not motor-otboard engines which aprt from the obvious damage, are noisy & off-putting.
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We are going to Kerala for Christmas and I am looking at booking a book for one night starting Christmas eve from Kollam. Do recommend we do not book in advance?
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As christmas eve is well within the high season, I would aim to book in this instance, as your are clearly wanting to spend christmas morning on a houseboat. I would be really particular on the the interior finish of houseboat, unfortunately, you will be asked for a deposit, so it will render you at the mercy of the company you use. Try to reserve with a company you like, without offering a deposit, or if you do, offer a low amount like 1000rupees which wouldnt be so much to lose if its not up to standard. Good luck I hope it's wonderful!
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Originally Posted by ronnyjhutti View Post Unfortunately due to this rules of india mike I am unable to protect houseboat tarvellers from using an unreputable company based in kumarakom for e debacle of a trip they tried to enforce on us for twice the advertised prices locally.
As long as you do not start promoting tours and travel companies for personal gains, you are perfectly entitled to name them. If you have had a bad experience with one particular houseboat operator, what better way to ensure that others don't meet the same fate, by naming and shaming these people?

Infact, if you are a regular on IM, one would expect you to do it as that is entirely the purpose of such forums.
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this forum has some times funny rules
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Really? Do you really think so?
I don't think that ronnyjhutti has a problem with it as they probably understand that a member whose first posts mention a company, good or bad, will arouse suspicion of their motives.

@Ronnyjhutti, unfortunately the moderators have no way of knowing whether a new member is legitimate or not until they've seen their commitment to Indiamike and helping others. I hope you understand this and know that if you keep posting/helping on IndiaMike at some point it won't be frowned upon to mention your experience of houseboats and maybe even the company.
Hang around here for a while, I'm sure you will be able to help loads of people with Kerala questions.
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Post the name man. I can check up with the locals and find out more about the business.
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I too would love some specific experiences. So long as you're not a tour operator etc I think you can share names of businesses.

Will be going in March. Have a tight schedule because I'm a visiting prof at a university there and my family will join me for just a week. Will arrive Kochi noon on Sunday and want to take train out of Kottayam evening of Monday. Suggestions? Book now? Just head to the docks?
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So has anyone used Alleppey Tourism Development Cooperative for a houseboat? They seem more reasonable in price than some others and responded to my email in good detail. Are they reliable? Would you use a non-AC houseboat in late March? Avoiding the generator noise, closed windows, etc is appealing. Do the houseboats have ceiling fans?
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Pulikkatil/Rainbow are good names. I had been to Kerala recently and booked a houseboat on Spice coast cruises. It is a part of CGH group and I had taken up a CGH 7 nights package. The houseboat was good but still, I would recommend Pulikkatil.
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Thanks. Pulikattil is the one group that didn't get back to me yet, but I'm in no hurry. ATDC seem the most flexible and knowledgeable so far.
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Originally Posted by India Is Magic View Post So has anyone used Alleppey Tourism Development Cooperative for a houseboat? They seem more reasonable in price than some others and responded to my email in good detail. Are they reliable? Would you use a non-AC houseboat in late March? Avoiding the generator noise, closed windows, etc is appealing. Do the houseboats have ceiling fans?
I recently booked a boat in Allepey through my friend who knew some one. The guy (Mr. Babu) charged around 7000 rupees for two bedroom ac house boat for a family of 4. There were signs that it was eco friendly boat. The motor noise was very little especially towards the front. The boat has fans hung on the side of the wall that runs instead a ceiling fan. Generator was turned on only around 8 in the night. The generator was on the back side so noise was not that bad. Even if you don't use generators, the other boats anchored around yours would and with windows open you probably can't avoid generator noise .The boat had upper deck (which was nice). The crew (Mahesh, Sajju and one more) were very nice and polite. Good food.

For some reason, I have a feeling that bed sheets/pillow covers may not be washed everyday. In any case, we had our own. Mosquito net was in the bed room but had a few holes that I tried to cover using papers. We took Odomos as well. Later while shopping around for gifts, one shop keeper told me that I overpaid, he gave his card with phone numbers. He said we could probably get it for 4-5 k per night.

In any case, it was a good experience.

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Originally Posted by venkat_pillay View Post The guy (Mr. Babu) charged around 7000 rupees for two bedroom ac house boat for a family of 4.

Later while shopping around for gifts, one shop keeper told me that I overpaid, he gave his card with phone numbers. He said we could probably get it for 4-5 k per night.
Can you PM me or can you post on this thread the contact number of Mr Babu and the phone numbers of the shopkeeper.
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Originally Posted by traveller_from_hyd View Post Can you PM me or can you post on this thread the contact number of Mr Babu and the phone numbers of the shopkeeper.
Mr. Babu's phone was 09847093881. Seemed like an honest guy. I gave him 500 more by mistake (Stupid me. I am getting older and/or currency is loosing its value -- too many notes to count). He first took it and then came back a few minutes later from the kitchen and returned me extra 500. The crew was very nice and they definitely made our trip very comfortable and pleasant. It was worth it.

BTW. I didn't give any advance deposit. We paid full only after reaching the boat

The visiting card the shop keeper gave has phone number as 0477 3208419 (Thangalkunju Nazar - Sofi Beauti palace). Seemed like a good guy but I have no idea how good house boat he can arrange. He gave us lots of discount on the our gift items we bought from him. My wife was definitely very happy shopping there.

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