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“Excellent Night on the river” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Punnamada Resort
Ranked #3 of 67 Hotels in Alappuzha
Certificate of Excellence
Durham, United Kingdom
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185 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 238 helpful votes
“Excellent Night on the river”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2014

We booked ourselves for a night at the Punnamada Backwater Resort with a Premium houseboat through Lakes and Lagoons Backwater Experience and where not disappointed, Our Captain was Divakaran: Crew Shaji and Nithin. We where greeted on the Houseboat by the crew with cool towel and a coconut to drink, The room was lovely and the peace and quite is to die for, we bumbled along at a very slow pace and could not take in all the sights that where on offer, every line that crosses the river had a kingfisher on it and you don't have to be a birdwatcher to take in the brilliant colors these birds have to offer, as I said I'm no birdwatcher but there is an abundance of birds to look at, from the sea hawks, weaverbirds, and cormorants to the live ducks thats for sale on the river. the ladies are all out washing there clothes, pots, pans, themselves, there is just so much to take in. We also stopped off at a fish market to buy King Prawns for our tea. The chef could not do enough for us, the food was excellent throughout and we where made to feel at home on the boat. I also jumped at the chance to have a paddle in a canoe with the wife, just paddling along in our own little world into a perfect sunset. I would highly recommend a trip out in one of these houseboats, if you enjoy relaxing on a river this is perfect for you.

Room Tip: Better to get premium Houseboat, This gives you the boat to yourself. A little more expensive but re...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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VargheseKE, General Manager at Punnamada Resort, responded to this review, April 23, 2014
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Thank you very much for your review regarding Punnamada Resort on Tripadvisor. We are extremely happy to n ote that you had a quality holiday with us . your kind words and constructive feedbacks are taken in its letter and spirit. we strongly believe our satisfied customers are our better sales force. Let me thank you for staying with us and for your gesture to share your views about us on Tripadvisor. we look forward for your next visit to Punnamada Resort.

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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Hyderabad, India
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34 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2014

Stayed here overnight to board the houseboat. Spacious and Neat, but the food needs a lot of improvement..like most other hotels in Alleppey, The hotel is very scenic, but mostly because of being in Alleppey, everything is scenic here.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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VargheseKE, General Manager at Punnamada Resort, responded to this review, April 23, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your review regarding Punnamada Resort on Tripadvisor. We are extremely happy to n ote that you had a quality holiday with us . your kind words and constructive feedbacks are taken in its letter and spirit. we strongly believe our satisfied customers are our better sales force. Let me thank you for staying with us and for your gesture to share your views about us on Tripadvisor. we look forward for your next visit to Punnamada Resort.

Regards,

Varghese.K.E.
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Jersey
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121 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2014

We were recommended to have dinner at Punnamada Resort whilst staying in the area. A nice setting and the staff were all - and there were just so many of them - extremely friendly, helpful and attentive. Unfortunately, our dinner didn't match the service, or the setting. Even after one main course was sent back, its replacement wasn't much better. Maybe we were unlucky but wouldn't return.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank jsyfitzs
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VargheseKE, General Manager at Punnamada Resort, responded to this review, April 23, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your constructive feedback regarding Food at Punnamada Resort. We have noted your point and rest assured that we will take necessary steps to improve different kinds and tastes of food . Let me thank you for patronising our restaurant. we are more more than happy to welcome you back again to Punnamada Resort .

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Singapore
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26 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2014

My writing this review after 5 months of our trip to Allepey, would tell you how much we loved this place !!
We (me and wife) visited this place on Diwali weekend in November-2013. I found this place online and it also carried a high recommendation of a colleague. I booked a honeymoon package (which was there online at that time) for INR 22k, which included a day on house-boat, another in the lake-side cottage, and, couple's Kerala massage, wine bottle, candle-light dinner, fruit basket and all meals included for 2 days. Frankly it was more than what I was expecting when I desperately started searching for a place for a weekend visit on a 2 day notice.
We took an overnight bus to Allepey and the ride itself was the worst I ever had, nothing connected to the resort itself. But the overnight ride left both of us totally drained and desperate. To top it all, we landed in Allepey on a day of strike. Apparently it is common in Kerala. To say the least, these guys were accommodating, as they were ready to pick us from Cochin (about 80km from Allepey).
We landed at the resort at 2pm, were taken straight to house boat which was picture perfect with a/c and hot/cold water. The boat was serviced by 3 people at any time. The local delicacies served were yummy. They were ready to adhere to all your requests.
There were very few Indians staying at the resort itself and there was a large group of discreet foreigners. Next day, we used the swimming pool, and the couple massage. The guy massaging me was 10 year experienced and had magic in his fingers.
In the evening it rained and made the entire trip awesome. We again used the pool (blue lighting) making it totally romantic with wine served.
Next day when we were leaving and had 3-4 hours to kill after checkout, they offered us a fresh cottage for a nap and freshening up. They just won us over with that gesture !!

Food = 9/10 (both south/north Indian, veg/non veg)
Ambiance = 10/10
Flexibility of staff to accommodate specific requests = 10/10

And did I miss that we also enjoyed a cultural evening on our 2nd night. It included an animated story telling in the local language (which we totally enjoyed) and a Bharatnatyam dance performance. Not bad for a 2 day trip !

Needless to say, if I am planning a trip again to Allepey, this is my go to place.

Room Tip: Choose the lake-side cottage, preferably the one between the pool and the lake.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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VargheseKE, General Manager at Punnamada Resort, responded to this review, April 23, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your review regarding Punnamada Resort on Tripadvisor. We are extremely happy to n ote that you had a quality holiday with us . your kind words and constructive feedbacks are taken in its letter and spirit. we strongly believe our satisfied customers are our better sales force. Let me thank you for staying with us and for your gesture to share your views about us on Tripadvisor. we look forward for your next visit to Punnamada Resort.

Regards,

Varghese.K.E.
General Manager.
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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160 reviews
72 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 415 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2014

We stayed on route to the rice barge and on hindsight I wish I had booked an extra couple of days.
Checking in was swift and smooth. Took to our cottage which was opposite the river, near the pool and restaurant. The room itself had tea/coffee facilities, complementary water and what turned out to be the most comfortable bed of the trip. Veranda doors opened out onto a most beautiful view of e river with seating. We ordered and breakfasted there the next morning, it was lovely.
The small bathroom was outside, having an open air shower. Plenty of complimentary toiletries, including comb and toothbrush. Shower only. We had drinks on the lawn opposite the river and whiled away a few hours, catching the sunset. The food was great and the staff attentive and could not do enough for you. Not a long enough stay to give a measured review hence the 4 but confident enough to recommend.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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VargheseKE, General Manager at Punnamada Resort, responded to this review, April 23, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your review regarding Punnamada Resort on Tripadvisor. We are extremely happy to n ote that you had a quality holiday with us . your kind words and constructive feedbacks are taken in its letter and spirit. we strongly believe our satisfied customers are our better sales force. Let me thank you for staying with us and for your gesture to share your views about us on Tripadvisor. we look forward for your next visit to Punnamada Resort.

Regards,

Varghese.K.E.
General Manager.
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Newbury, Berkshire
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14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2014

We decided to treat ourselves at the end of our month's stay in Southern India and have three days relaxing in this resort. We had a room overlooking the lake which provided lots to see and enjoy from the lone fisherman who was on the water most of every day, to the houseboats and the birds. Our room was very comfortable and huge. The staff were very friendly and the service was always excellent. We very much enjoyed the food, eating all our meals there. We took advantage of the complimentary hour long boat trip after complimentary tea on the lawn at 5 p.m., both of which were delightful. I enjoyed the complimentary yoga each morning which was definitely worth getting up early for! We would happily return here should we find ourselves in Kerala again.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank newbury_england
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VargheseKE, General Manager at Punnamada Resort, responded to this review, April 23, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your review regarding Punnamada Resort on Tripadvisor. We are extremely happy to n ote that you had a quality holiday with us . your kind words and constructive feedbacks are taken in its letter and spirit. we strongly believe our satisfied customers are our better sales force. Let me thank you for staying with us and for your gesture to share your views about us on Tripadvisor. we look forward for your next visit to Punnamada Resort.

Regards,

Varghese.K.E.
General Manager.
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Kerala, India
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96 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2014

Nice to stay, this hotel service and behavior of staffs is very polite and friendly. Quality of food and method of serving is excellent, room was so clean and tidy. I wish to go again this year, overall very good.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Thomasantony
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VargheseKE, General Manager at Punnamada Resort, responded to this review, March 23, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your kind review about Punnamada Resort on Tripadvisor. we are happy to note that you had a nice stay with us . let me thank you for staying with us as well as for your gesture of writing about us on Trip advisior . we look forward to welcome you back again to Punnamada Resort !

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Property: Punnamada Resort
Address: Alleppey 6 | Punnamada Resort Private Limited, Alappuzha 688006, India
Location: India > Kerala > Alappuzha District > Alappuzha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Alappuzha
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Alappuzha
#2 Romantic Hotel in Alappuzha
#2 Luxury Hotel in Alappuzha
#4 Business Hotel in Alappuzha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Punnamada Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Punnamada Resorts is nestled on the serene banks of Vembanad Lake and gives a world of heritage and luxury. The divine ambiance and the hospitality lead to a total relaxation of mind, body and soul and it highlighted the rich heritage and the essence of Kerala in its true form with a focus on the eco system and being an environment friendly resort by taking initiative in various fronts. The green leaf certified Ayurveda centre at Punnamada puts a new life into yourself and to regain vigor and vitality and lead a stress-free life. The essence of Kerala and its magical backwaters can be experienced aboard Punnamada’s exclusive 'Kettuvallam' (houseboats) by the resort, the houseboats of Punnamada equipped with the best of luxuries. ... more   less 
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