My partner and I booked a 3 night stay on the one bedroom house boat thinking this would a luxurious trip given the photos on the website. We were so wrong.
The only positive note was that the vegetarian food was excellent. The facilities were certainly not luxurious but grubby, tired and past their best. A tile was missing in the bathroom, the walls and switches were dirty and the cushions on the viewing deck were worn and dirty ( see attached photos). When I pointed out the dirty light switches, the manager asked the poor cook to try and clean them with s dry paper towel !
The air conditioning and ceiling fan were very noisy and the boat docked in an area that was as per the other recent poor review on this. As a result, we got no sleep and checked out the following day.
The manager and 2-3 colleagues who appeared at check out were somewhat intimidating as we filled out their customer feedback . Because we are a same sex couple, we felt unable to make much of a scene in such a conservative country and so graded the experience much more favourably that we might otherwise have done.
This really spoiled our first impression of India.
My take home message is this - don’t pre book your houseboat trip - shop about and inspect before you buy.
We spent 6 days in kerala and the houseboat stay was the best among them. A beautiful day and night surrounded by water wil amaze those who love nature. They serve fresh food and staf are really helpful always. Lovely experience.
WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY. We booked one bedroom houseboat from Amrutham houseboats. The route was kumarakom to alleppy. Route didnot covered any scenic views of the lake. Out of around 20 hrs, move was moving for not even 2hrs. Remaining time it was stationer at remote location which was very dirty. There it was difficult to be on the boat but there was nothing outside also . No entertainment nothing. Checkout location was also some remote location and not proper alleppy houseboat jetty.
We felt like being cheated. The boat diddnot took us to the canals in the lake for which the kerala is famous for. After houseboat, we took another houseboat for 3 hrs and saw the scenic views.
In addition, the bedroom and washroom were not upto the mark. They should be more clean.
Only good part was vegetarian food was good.
We stayed at this houseboat for 1 day and we had a great time. The chef and captain were professional and dint disturb us. I went with my mom and sister and we felt quite safe in this place.
The only problem was we dint know how the boat looked before booking the place and i thought it will be spacious but it was a bit conjested. We booked one room house boat.
Overall we had a great time.The customer service from start to finish was perfect.
The scenery is amazing and this is definitely one of the nicer boats." wonderful experaince ..thanks to the team amrutham
Had a wonderful 5 hour day trip in one of the beautiful houseboat. Our trip starts at kumarakom backwaters..This 1 room boat was specially for us and we really enjoyed the Kerala Lunch in Banana leaf.
We rented the house boat for a day-night in Kumarakom and had the best relaxing day of our whole trip. The journey was most comfortable and the service was excellent. Food was prepared to our taste and served fresh and hot. The Currimeen fish was delicious. The company provides excellent customer service. We also had Ayurveda massage treatment at nearby center. The therapists were very professional. We are really happy about the time and money spent.