In this area there are wonderful hotels and "resorts" , but it is worth spending a quiet and relaxed day in a "house boat".
The boats are about 20 metres, are made in the traditional manner and has one, two or three bedrooms.
You can find more or less luxurious boats, there are many so you can decide without hesitation which one best suits your taste and budget
On the boat you are travelling with the captain and the cook who helps in the sailing and cooks all meals
During the day you're travelling through the canals quietly, enjoying the scenery, stopping to buy food, seeing the amazing life on the river and its banks and at the end of the day the boat moored in a quiet place where you have dinner and spend the night.
At dawn, you wake up , eat breakfast and go slowly back to where the journey began
En esta zona hay hoteles y "resorts" maravillosos , pero vale la pena pasar un día tranquilo y relajado en una "casa barco".
Los barcos miden unos 20metros , están hechos de la manera tradicional y tiene una , dos o tres habitaciones .
Puedes encontrar barcos más o menos lujosos , hay muchos así que puedes decidir tranquilamente cual se ajusta más a tus gustos y presupuesto
En el barco viajas con el capitán y el cocinero que ayuda en la navegación y te prepara todas las comidas
Durante el día vas viajando por los canales tranquilamente , disfrutando de los paisajes , parando a comprar comida , viendo la impresionante vida que hay en el río y en sus orillas y al final del días el barco amarra en un sitio tranquilo donde cenas y pasas la noche .
Al amanecer desayunas y vas volviendo poco a poco al sitio donde empezó el viaje
This place is located about 2km from town, right on the Backwaters. It is run by a friendly couple with 2 kids and features their main house and a few bamboo huts/cottages. The first night I arrived I had a room in their house which cost me Rs400 where I had a small bed with essential mozzie net, large table, chair, ceiling fan but no hot water. The following night I had a hut which was great and which I bargained down to Rs600. It was large inside with 2 single beds pushed together, large table, ceiling fan, mirror, no hot water, a balcony with 2 bamboo chairs out the front and a small table. If you're in a hut then meals, which you can order in advance, are brought to you including beer! Food includes - breakfast: fried eggs, toast, jam, coffee and fruit while dinner is fish fry, chapattis, veg curry, rice and fruit. The house features a TV/lounge room plus you can hire one of their bicycles for Rs25. Lovely and relaxing place in a good location outside of town with a nice family. It's best to book ahead....
I think this is one and only Island villas in Alappuzha. They have 2 independent Non A/c cottages and 2 non a/c double rooms.The calm and quiet place I ever seen for an affordable price.I cannot describe the beauty of this place. They served delicious homely food for me.
Highly recommended.Because this is the best place to stay at Alappuzha
From your villa u can see the Pathiramanal Island.House boats are passing through
As I knew that our train would arrive at Alleppey at 2 in the evening, I reserved a 3-day-package for our stay in Alleppey for 10.800.- Rs. incl. everything (transport, sightseeing, 3 day accommodation+full service (food) for every day+canoe ride+1 day private houseboat). It wasn't cheap (mainly because of the private houseboat which is the biggest and most expensive business in Kerala). My travel agent was Coconut Tours and Travels based in Alleppey. (they have a homepage-you can find it if you want.)
1. night: Orchidea Guesthouse - a basic but atmospheric place. Nice and kind hosts, good breakfast, only 4 rooms without A/C and TV but clean and spacy (also the bathroom).
2. night: traditional hut built from bamboo and coconut husk right on the shore of a large backwater channel. Very romantic and away from the chaos. Practically, we were alone. Comfortable bed with mosquito net, no A/C but ceiling fan, no TV, clean bathroom with shower and flush toilet (open from above). Home-cooked food 3 times a day incl. in the package price. 2-hour-canoe ride on the smaller channels to see the sunset also included in the package price.
3. night: private houseboat just for the 2 of us. Seeing the channels, personal chef, a romantic journey after all. Sleeping at the house boat.
This is one of hundreds of operators plying the route between Alleppey and Kottayam (actually Kumarakom, where most of these tours begin or end). But, it’s the one we took, so I can comment on it. Wow. The boat was beautiful, comfortable and clean, and tastefully appointed. The crew was friendly and went well out of their way to accommodate our wishes. The cooking (lunch, dinner, and breakfast) was amazing, and I know some of our food was picked up fresh along the way from guys in canoes. It was a five-star experience. I believe this company has two boats (one-room and two-room – we had the two-room), so book in advance.
The downside to these houseboat cruises in general is the noise and pollution (they run on diesel engines). The boats are also quite large, and so have to stick to wider waterways, which means a lot of the really pretty places are beyond reach. Still, it’s one of the only ways to spend the night actually on the water, and the sunrise on the river was beautiful.
This is a small place very close to the vembanad lake where the world famous Nehru trophy boat race is conducted.They have one Two rooms cottage and other 2 rooms.They also have a govt.approved ayurvedic panchakarma centre there.very friendly people and u can trust them for everything
the ayurvedic centre
West of YMCA, Near Martoma church North side of canal
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From Rs. 150 (10 m from boat jetty)
Tel. 93494 10144 Sangeeth Chakrapany
Blissfully peacefull place that offers 4 ecofriendly bamboo huts (with cable TV).
Great cooking in its own restaraunt.
Also offers fantastic boat tours on small country boats (much better than expensive and noisy houseboats)
This place is truly wonderfull for many reasons. But the best thing about it is being able to lounge on the waterfront, just watching the world go by, whilst sipping on a fresh pineapple juice.
kovilakom lake resort,alleppey.
beautiful setting - rolling lawns - very peaceful and relaxing.
stayed here for 2 and half days in jan 2006.
Only 5 rooms - typical Keralan style decor.
food and hospitality were absolutely outstanding.
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