We were a family of 5 boarding this boat house from Alappuzha Rainbow jetty. To start with we were welcomed into this exclusive boat house where there were in total 2 rooms only for us. Starting with fresh tender coconut water, the food bandwagon never stopped. There were 4 attendants to serve us, one controlling the boat, two cooking and another serving food and taking care of us. The rooms were clean and air conditioned (We could use A/C only between 9pm to 6am as per our package)
The boat was in motion from the moment you board till 6pm after which it anchors in the backwaters and then again leaves for the jetty by 8am next morning to check out at 9am. The service was really good apart from a few hiccups like they had carried lesser mineral water than what we needed. The only other problem we had were with the bathrooms as the water pressure in pipes was painstakingly slow and also there is no ventilation in the bathrooms which makes it very clumsy.
Coming back to the food, they cook on board and serve you with their fixed menu which is deliciously cooked. On our request they also took us to a small island from where we could buy fresh, jumbo prawns which they also cooked for us to carry along.
I would say, do have this experience once at least to know how a king lives!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- RIVER ESCAPESLife on the backwaters has a different set of rules. First, since there are no roads we depend on canals, rivers and lakes for our travel routes. Most families have a boat of their own. Children often learn to swim at least as early as they learn to walk-you are likely to see kids splashing in the local equivalent of a playground. Their school buses float, as do the postal vessels delivering to homes here. Even the supermarket floats!River Escapes provides an experience of the backwaters of Kerala in a vessel whose history harkens back to the ancient rice trade of this region while also providing modern comforts. These vessels are designed to balance authenticity and innovation. They are engineered to balance comfort and environmental responsibility - we pioneered the technology now considered the gold standard of emissions reduction. Most importantly they are staffed by members of the local community who are proud to showcase their corner of God's Own Country to visitors.A unique set of waterways in our state's central region allows us to showcase three districts that represent the "rice bowl" of Kerala - all by boat. We started operating our houseboats in 2006 and are now the respected leader on the backwaters in terms of environmental responsibility, commitment to the communities where we bring visitors and in terms of guest satisfaction. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- River Escapes Kerala/Alappuzha, India