We had been recommended this houseboat trip from an excellent homestay at Fort Cochin called "Beena" homestay, a highly recommended place to stay.
We had booked a 2 night 3 day trip at a rate of 4500 rps a day all in for the two of us...a good price as we had checked others, and having being reccomended by beena then must be good. The owner showed us a rate sheet of his boat giving usual rates for different times of year etc etc and what you get for this, rates included air con from dusk till 6am. all food, and some bottled water during the trip.
We arrived by driver an hour early at kattakayam and were greeted by the owner and given tea, all ok for now, then at 12 made our way to the boat...asked if we needed any other items, such as beer as they cannot sell it to us but can pick it up from the store for us....
We were then shown the boat having already paid at his home..and asked if we thought was ok clean etc etc..all seemed to be in order apart from a hideous blue tarpaulin draped around the front rolled up as some sort of rain cover, totally spoiling the effect of the boat.
we left not long after 12 noon...great place to be ..slow pace of life ...first night was moored up in middle of nowhere...and the mozzies / flies enjoyed us for tea !!!!!!!!
We endured and then retired for an early night at 8.30...too hot so asked about aircon...only to be told was EXTRA 1500prs a night !!! said was not what we had been shown or told...one of the crew got owner on mobile who was somewhat OFF !! with us on phone....decided we werent going to be ripped off with the EXTRA charge and settled down for a hot night.. 10 mins later the crewmember knocked and said would provide aircon for reduced rate os 750rps a night but dont tell the boss ........What kind of setup is this ?
We were told it was simply fuel for the generator !
The second night was the same arrangement but fewer mozzies for dinner....then the icing on the cake was the bill for the 5 bottles of beer we had had...as stated on the label COST 45rps as STATED ON LABEL...WE WERE THEN ASKED TO GIVE 500 RPS.....WHY THE 100%+ MARKUP ???
So in summary .....the area and backwater seen was excellent place highly reccomended...however be VERY AWARE OF THIS OPERATOR AND HIS HIDDEN EXTRAS..SCRUFFY APPEARING BOAT AND PIRATE LIKE CREW WHO ARE SIMPLY ON THE MAKE FROM US TOURISTS ..
HE COULD DO WITH SEEING OTHER OPERATORS BOATD AND UPGRADING HIS.
THE WINDOWS HAVE NO FLY SCREENS, COLD TRICKLING WATER FROM TAPS. SHOWER...TOTALLY ANCIENT ELECTRIC FAN IN CABIN THAT IS WHOLLY INEFFECTIVE SO AIRCON IS A MUST ..AT EXTRA !!!
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- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kattakayam Homestay is a beautiful lakeside heritage home in the heart of Aleppey. We will provide homey food and all types of tour arrangements including house boats. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kattakayam Home Stay Kerala/Alappuzha, India