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“A wonderful trip, thanks to Sreekumar”

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Lake View House Boats
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

My family of six and I (joining the cruise from India, Malaysia and the US) had a relaxing and enjoyable overnight houseboat holiday, thanks to Mr. Sreekumar, owner of Lakeview Houseboats. I inadvertently booked the wrong dates, noticing the mistake just two days before the cruise. Mr. Sreekumar handled the problem graciously. Then I got the boarding point location wrong. He diverted the boat to where we were. The boat was clean, tidy and comfortable, the crew excellent. The food was heavenly. I'd recommend Mr. Sreekumar's company anytime for a great cruise.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

I chose Lake View because Shreekumar was personable and showed how much he cared about our family having a great experience. He took the time to answer all of my questions and even arranged a car for us at the trip's end. Beautiful, high quality boats. Highly recommend getting a boat with an upper deck.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Thank dani_wipp
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LAKEVIEWHOUSEBOAT, Owner at Lake View House Boats, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 2013

Dear Danielle,
Thank you for choosing Lake view houseboat. It was great to meet your father. Hope you will come again. we have packages with thekkedy wild life, trekking etc. please contact us when you come next.
regards
Sreekumar

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Reviewed June 28, 2013

This houseboat was one of the more luxurious ones on offer. We were very lucky to take this boat across the Kerala back waters. The food was varied and included whole fish, as well as some very hot local dishes.

The service was excellent, and the spa and bedroom looked amazing but i didn't stay the night so never slept in there. We got to drive the boat as we made our way over to Coconut Lagoon.

A super experience.

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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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LAKEVIEWHOUSEBOAT, Owner at Lake View House Boats, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 2013

Dear Adam,
first of all, I thank you and Selina for a great presentation at ICTT, Kovalam. Being myself an organising committee member, and the fact that you are in Kerala, II want you to experience the backwater cruise in Kumarakom.
Thank you and Selina for accepting our complimentary offer. We hope you will come again to stay overnight in the boat.
Sreekumar

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Reviewed June 21, 2013

True to the words of the organiser, our stay at Maniyara was a memorable experience.
We enjoyed every minute of our stay in the boat. The staff was very cooperative and the food was excellent { Grilled fish and prawns were a treat to taste buds. :) }.
Overall the trip was a cherishable experience!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Rishabh N
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LAKEVIEWHOUSEBOAT, Owner at Lake View House Boats, responded to this reviewResponded June 24, 2013

Dear Sandeep,
we thank you for your feed back. hope you will come for your honeymoon in our boat.
Sreekumar

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Reviewed June 18, 2013

Wonderful experience and loved the hospitality and interior, the glass covered place gets enough air conditioning and the home cook food was fabulous. We went to ICTT 2013 Conference with Adam, Selina and Nisha, got a chance to explore with Lake view and loved it. It was a short period of time but loved it

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Suresh B
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LAKEVIEWHOUSEBOAT, Owner at Lake View House Boats, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2013

Dear Suresh, yes this trip was not in your itinerary, and being an ICTT organising committee member i want to ensure that, you are all should get this kind of experience.
we thank you for accepting this invitation. hope you will come again.

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Reviewed June 5, 2013

My husband and I booked a 22 hour stay with Lake View House Boat. We booked the most basic package and we had a wonderful experience. We had two crew members - a boat navigator and a cook. They made an extra stop to allow us to buy fresh prawns from a local fisherman. The food was amazing (complete with fresh fruit juice, an evening snack, incredible lunch, dinner and breakfast) and the cook was kind enough to allow me to watch him prepare dinner to teach me about Keralan cuisine. The scenery was beautiful and overall the experience was a wonderful value for the money. We would definitely book another trip with Lake View House Boats, which we plan to do in the future. My only suggestion would be that the roof of the boat was in need of repair.

Overall, great experience, definitely worth the money.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Kelly B
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LAKEVIEWHOUSEBOAT, Owner at Lake View House Boats, responded to this reviewResponded June 24, 2013

Dear Kelly, thank you for your feed back and your valuable suggestion of renovation of the roof top of the boat. Yes, our yearly Maintenance is due during Aug and we are stopped taking booking for this particular boat.
hope you will again.
sreekumar

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Reviewed May 18, 2013

This review is not about staying in Lake View House Boat, but about the owenrship & responsibility that Mr.Sreekumar (owner) has. Having read wonderful reviews on TA and after reviewing their website, speaking to them and seeing the actual photographs of the boat, we 3 families booked 3 deluxed bedroom house boat of lake view well in advance (about 2.5 months) for 1 night stay

Unfortunately when we arrived at the pick up point, we wre informed that house boat engine has failed and they offered alternative house boat from some different operator (Cocoa). It was not a very good experience witth this house boat as it was pretty much lower than the standard of Lake View, also to our surprise there was insufficient food (they were informed for only 8 -9 people and we were 12. They had not carried extra bedding for one of the room.

On our return Mr.Sreekumar took the responsibility of the unfortunate things and paid us back our 20% of trip amount, while he could have chosen not to pick up the phone, meet or even transfer the cash as we had already departed for Mumbai.


We all missed the staying in the Lake View House which we are very unhappy about... but nevrthless if going once again, surely will stay.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Address: Near Govt Boat Jetty | Kumarakom, Kumarakom 686566, India
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Location: India > Kerala > Kottayam District > Kumarakom
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Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 32 Specialty Lodging in Kumarakom
Price Range: $139 - $311 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lake View Houseboat, pioneers in Kerala Backwater cruise, starts its operation During 2002. We have 6 houseboats with a total of 12 rooms for renting. We are located at Kumarakom Govt Boat Jetty, Kumarakom Kerala. ... more   less 
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