Duration : 29/September/2012 to 30/September/2012 - 2days & 1 night.
Value for money : Average - 3 / 5
Staff Experience : Average - 3 / 5
Overall Rating : Average - 3 / 5
This was my first time visit to Alleppey and Coco Houseboat. Overall I stayed in Alleppey in 4 days and had a great time. The Back water experience, scenic beauty was simply awesome experience. You have to visit Alleppey once in a life time and spend one day in a Houseboat atleast.. Find Coco houseboat office was not difficult, the staff guided me nicely. However, the houseboat is a few kms away from their office & you have to catch an Auto to get there. This is not organized by the staff and you have to pay the fair from your end, not a big deal though. However, they could have provided transportation. You pay everything upfront and blindly go to a houseboat which you have not seen. We booked a single room houseboat, there are 2 staffs in the houseboat, A cook and a Driver. The food was not that great, when there is a dedicated cook on board the staff has to make sure that he knows to cook. Also forget some sort of Guidance help from these guys as they do not speak English, This is not a big issue but these guys would have spent their lifetime with tourists and they could have done some home work on their English.
The room was neat, Yes they do stop somewhere in between and force us for massage, buy fish etc but I did not opt for those. The boat comes to a stand still at 6pm somewhere near a paddy fields, nothing much you can do there other than going to your room and sleeping the rest of the day. If you keep the boat nets open you are welcoming the nature to enter you houseboat, all kind of insects with a HD National Geographic experience. However, we closed the nets in time. I could see lot of houseboats which were much better than this during our journey & I think we could have afforded one at the price we paid here. The boat from exterior doesn't look well maintained.
Alleppey Back waters is a lovely experience but this review is about the house boat where I stayed. Nothing great about the houseboat except the view of the nature and the Back water experience, lot of areas where there is need for improvement in the coco houseboat. The check out time is at 9am the next day, it could have been 11 keeping in mind that the check in timings is 12.
Things that I liked :
1) Back Waters.
2) Nature, Location.
The above is not owned by coco houseboat though.
Things that I did not like :
1) Check out time.
2) Staffs lack of Basic English knowledge.
3) Transportation from their office to the boat.
I would recommend anyone to stay in this House boat, but before you do that check for better options. I probably would avoid coco houseboat if I visit Alleppey again in the future.
Do not go outside the rooms after 7pm..
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