Overnight houseboat from Alleppey to Kollam

#1 Dec 14th, 2011, 14:03
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Dear all,

We are planning a trip to the backwaters in the 1st week of February. We would like to enjoy the overnight houseboat experience.

Brief itinerary:
03.02.12 - reach Kochi in the morning, local sight-seeing
04.02.12 - houseboat from Alleppey
05.02.12 - departure from Kochi @ 6pm, or from Kollam @ 2:15pm (depends where we get down from the houseboat)

Things to know:
1) Would you suggest a overnight Alleppey round-trip, or overnight Alleppey - Kollam trip?

2) What would be the approx. estimate for a 3 bedroom non-AC houseboat? We will be 8-10 persons, and we can share 3 bedrooms comfortably.(Naturevisionkeral a quoted 14000.00 for 3-bedroom 8 persons, Alleppey round-trip)

3) Do we need to book the houseboat in advance? Would it be possible to bargain down the price once we reach there?

Thanks in advance.
#2 Dec 14th, 2011, 23:13
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Just for 1 night, I recommend to take the cruise in the route "Alleppey around"
#3 Dec 16th, 2011, 13:38
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Thanks sujith for your suggestion. Any suggestions on the budget?
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last year, i had paid 12k for a similar boat. you can try bargaining!
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Dear friends,

Due to an emergency, we had to change the itinerary. We had postponed our journey to 3rd of March.

We decided to go for a overnight cruise from Alleppey to Kollam. Is that route good for cruising?

For 8 persons, we are getting a house boat at 17,000.00 Shall we go ahead? (The company is Southern backwaters - web http://southernbackwaters.com/)
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Considering the number of people going on the Houseboat and the distance to be covered thats a pretty good price I would think.

Make sure they have plenty of water on board as it could be quite hot weatherwise.


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Thanks vandy.

Yes, we will definitely look into that. Hope we can enjoy our trip. Would it be too hot that time of the year?
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Houseboat

We have just been driven from Alleppey to Kollam and are seriously considering returning by boat as it was an interesting/scary experience. There are cheap ferries that take all day too I think.
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Originally Posted by Zahonado View Post We have just been driven from Alleppey to Kollam and are seriously considering returning by boat as it was an interesting/scary experience. There are cheap ferries that take all day too I think.
Yes, there are ferries running between Alleppey and Kollam, but we thought to spend a relaxing day on the houseboat.
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I found members on this forum have experience of taking this route from Kollam to Alleppey with the same houseboat company!

http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...eboat-t118248/

How was your trip, julz?
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We had a wonderful trip.

Day 1:
Reached Alleppey at 5 in the morning, and went over to Raj Residency, arranged by Southern Backwaters. In the morning, we went to Alleppey Beach. Huge stretch of golden sands. We took a bath there. Came back to hotel. At 11 am, we went to boat jetty, and then started a luxurious, refreshing and soothing journey on the houseboat. The crew was very good, and the food was just awesome. The boat was nice, with a deck in front and two bedrooms, well furnished. Nice and clean toilets. At around 6pm, the boat anchored near a village, and we went over to the Arabian sea. The sky was clear, and we enjoyed the sunset on a secluded village beach. In the evening we went to a nearby temple, and saw the evening prayers. Preparations were going on for a grand festival for the next day. We wished that we could have been there one day later. But, alas.

Day 2:
We started for Kollam early in the morning. The boat passed through the Astamudi lake. We reached Kollam at 9:30 in the morning, and headed towards Varkala. It took nearly and hour. Varkala was another surprise. After spending 2 hours there, we went back to Alleppey station to catch our train.

All in all it was a nice weekend. Some pictures taken during the trip:

Alleppey Beach:


Backwaters:










Sunset:


Varkala Beach:
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Last edited by banskt; Mar 17th, 2012 at 14:11..

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