10 FAQs: All about the Houseboats in Alleppey!

The houseboats of Alappuzha are world-famous. A vacation in the houseboat is enchanting. How about you? Have you ever enjoyed a houseboat trip or are you looking for a houseboat cruise? We intend to make your houseboat stay a worry-free vacation. So in this article, we have decided to cover the questions that usually pop up when planning a houseboat trip in Alleppey. Enjoy reading!

What are the different types of houseboats?

The different types of houseboats are standard houseboats, deluxe houseboats, premium houseboats, luxury houseboats, ultra-luxury houseboats, and honeymoon houseboats. In addition, there are Shikara houseboats too.

Explain the amenities in a houseboat?

Depending upon the budget and range, houseboats range in facilities. There will be three staff in the houseboat: a chef, a captain, and a driver. In general, a houseboat will have single to ten bedrooms with attached bathrooms, living, dining, and kitchen. The deck of the houseboat is an amazing place to sit and enjoy the gentle breeze. Depending upon the type of houseboat, the time usage of Air conditioner varies.

Explain the cruise timing?

Full day trip and an overnight trip are the two main cruises available.

  • Overnight cruise – 11:30 am to 9:30 am.
  • Day cruise – 10:00 am- 5:30 pm.

Explain the general dishes served in the houseboat?

In general, authentic Kerala cuisines are served in the houseboat. However, tourists can request special dishes including Jumbo Prawns,  Karimeen(Pearl Spot), crab varieties and more. Besides, candle-light dinner, cakes, etc can be requested for special occasions. Upon check-in, welcome drinks are served, for lunch a scrumptious meal is arranged. In the evening, refreshments like Parippuvada ( a fried dish made of dal), Pazhampori (banana fritters), Cutlets are served along with coffee/tea. For dinner and breakfast, authentic Kerala dishes are provided.

Which are the popular routes?

Depending upon the cruise you chose, the routes may vary. However, in general, the routes are Alleppey –  Vembabanad Lake – Alleppey, Alleppey – Kumarakom – Thottappally – Neudmudi – Alleppey, Alleppey – Kumarakom – Alleppey, Alleppey – Alumkadavu (2 nights cruise).

What are the activities included?

The activities included in the houseboat are fishing, indoor games, sightseeing at attractions including churches, temples, coir industry, and other places of interest. You can also request a canoe ride when you book houseboats.

How safe are houseboats?

Houseboats are safe. Families, couples, and even solo travelers can enjoy a houseboat trip without any worry. The staff is very friendly and accommodative. Privacy and safety are guaranteed. The houseboats are equipped with life jackets and fire extinguishers.

Explain the tariff of a houseboat?

We cannot provide a fixed tariff rate. The tariff varies with the season and the type of houseboat. The season is from October to February, and the rate will be higher. From March to September, the rate is low. Depending upon your requirement and wish, you can fix the type of houseboat you want to opt for.

Is it a must to book a houseboat in advance?

If you are planning to go boating during the peak season, then it is a must to book in advance. Also, if you are looking for popular houseboats then it’s a better idea to book as early as possible.

What are the things to keep in mind on a cruise?

As per government rule, houseboats should halt by 5.30 PM  because, after the given time, fishing begins. So, after 5.30 PM the houseboats will halt. AC in a deluxe boat will be operated only between 9 pm to 6 am.

Are houseboats safe for kids?

Definitely! The houseboats are well equipped with life jackets, guard railings, sliding doors, latching gates, and life-boys. The security measures are high, hence need not to worry about it. Above all, BE MINDFUL of the kids.

We hope that this blog post could answer most of your questions about a houseboat cruise. If you have further queries, please feel free to contact us here.


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