I've booked independent two bed room houseboat for one night (11 am to 9 am next day) and experineced the same as per schedule. No doubt, "Pournami" is a professional agency. Entire booking has done over phone with 4 to 5 verbal communications and three mail correspondence. They took my arrival confirmation one day prior my journey. They guided us to reach the exact place after reaching at alleppey railway station. They talked to our auto driver also for better understanning. Kept their staffs to transfer our lagguages to houseboat from the auto dropping point.
Regarding houseboat: the boat conditions are good & they keep required safety protective items inside the boat. All the basic amenities are available inside the room. Bathroom are super clean. A/C condition are good & it is noise free. Provided TATA SKY during night halt with good picture quality. They have excellent system by covering the boat with mosquito net during night to prevent the entry of insects and mosquito. During my stay there was heavy thunderstorm and rain for 3 hrs from 7 pm , but never feel unsafe. All the boat were covered by terpauline instantly.
Regarding food: Provided testy food as per agreement & quantity was more than sufficient. My family enjoyed Kerala style lunch ,dinner, evening snacks & breakfirst.
Staffs are very cordial and respectful to their guest. Boat Driver drive the boat very safely.
My only suggestion to "Pournami" to keep more attractive indoor games items for their guest, as guest need to spend at least 13 hrs 6pm to 7am) insiside the boat in anchored condition.
This is my 3rd trip. This time enjoy with my family and friends family. Thank pournami house boat. Next year I will come.
Its a must do activity if allepey is in ur trip plan.I'd done one night booking for two bedroom houseboat. Over all I'd say that professionally the trip was very well managed.
The entire booking process was seamless by 3-4 email exchanges.A day before our trip they'd even given a reminder cal. They even agreed to change their menu.U can even purchase fish,crab of ur own choice the chef will cook it for u. Complimentary fishing was fun,Village walk is nothing but walking on shores when they park.
Cons: there were cockroaches in our room, I felt trip journeys distance can be increased as max time is spent on shore's,Rooms are bit compact for 3persons.
Compared to the fun we d these cons can be ignored
We booked a one night stay on a 3 bedroom house boat. The entire booking process was seamless and special thanks to Parvathy for prompt response emails at all times . The boat was very well maintained and the crew was always attentive. The tour was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed the serene ride through the backwaters. The excursion on the canoe is also recommended. The review is not complete without special mention of the authentic and extremely tasty cuisine prepared by the cook. Overall an excellent experience and highly recommended .
We had chosen the Day cruise. We were 3 families with 7 kids…. Started at 11.30am and ended around 5.30pm.
We got allotted to a 4 Bed Room House boat though we booked/paid for 2 Bed room. We didn’t really use the bed room except the Kids. Rooms and Toilets were super clean and tidy. Boat also very clean and well maintained. Enough safety/security equipments were there. Neat Kitchen and Kitchen equipments.
Staff – Were in uniform, looks professionals for sure. Very courteous and accommodating. Food was fantastic – Kerala Menu with chicken curry and Karimeen fry. Very good quality and of Great taste.
Booking – Did phone booking. Easy to communicate. Great coordination. Understanding and flexible.
So the boarding time is 11.30 a.m. but we reached really late at around 2 p.m. due to rains and traffic. Even then, the crew were very understanding and compensated the time by not halting for lunch and providing an option to have lunch while cruising.
About the houseboat, it was clean, spacious and pretty. The bathrooms were super clean, you can use AC from night 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. giving you a comfortable sleep. There were speakers, TV, and everything possible to give you an unforgettable experience.
The on-board crew were very helpful, understanding and informative.
The food was beyond expectations. I still cant forget that amazing 'Bhindi sabji' we had which was cooked in a very unique style. Moreover, they served fresh fruits on board.
Overall, a beautiful experience to sail through the backwaters with friends :) Thank you Pournami!
- Started on time
- Ended an hour early
- Regualtion doesn't allow night ride so boat was hooked to shore from 0600PM-0730AM
- Not so friendly
- Was informative
- Excellent quality
- Served on time and quantity was excellent
- Menu was modest but good
- Good, spacious
- Shelves werw filled with maintenance items
- Doors were all rusty
- AC was fully operational but bit rusty when it comes to controls n
- No activities; Just sit,ride and eat
- Parking was an issue, we had to spent almost another hour to take our car out after check-out due to poor parking management
- Will be good to take all fishing accessories (especially tackles and prey) if you want to do something in between
- Mosquito repellent cream is a must