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House boat day cruise v/s overnight stay ?? Help required.

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House boat day cruise v/s overnight stay ?? Help required.

Hello,

I am planning a trip to Kerala with my family ( 2 Adults and one 4 yr old son ). This will be my first trip to Kerala.

I am confused between hiring a house boat for a day cruise ( full day ) - please guide me with options.

OR

Taking a houseboat for overnight stay.

My friends suggest it will be boring for kids at night in a houseboat as there is nothing much to do. My questions are..

1. What is the cost difference between full day cruise v/s overnight

2. Does having a premium or super luxury boat makes an overnight stay more comfortable as opposed to A/C delux boat?

3. What is the best option ( value for money)...

a)1 night resort + 1 night houseboat?

b)2 nights houseboat?

c) 2 nights resort + 1 day cruise houseboat.

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1. Re: House boat day cruise v/s overnight stay ?? Help required.

Hi Asheesh

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2. Re: House boat day cruise v/s overnight stay ?? Help required.

Thank you. I will read these links.

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3. Re: House boat day cruise v/s overnight stay ?? Help required.

Hi Asheesh, my husband and I recently returned from a trip to Kerala (10 days). We spent one night on Rainbow Cruise houseboat from Alleppey to Kumarakom Lake Resort Hotel. The cruise was superb and cannot praise Rainbow Cruises enough - lovely and knowledgeable staff, superb food and extremely clean and comfortable kettivallum. Now, having said that, I feel that young children would be bored on an overnight cruise - "are we there yet?"

Kerala? We have vowed to return early next year. A glorious, lush paradise. Periyar National Park was superb. Take a ferry trip early morning - elephants, bison, deer, wild boar and teeming with bird life.

Spices, papaya, rubber, tea, pineapple, coffee, cocoa plantations - such a productive area.

We can hardly wait to return. Have a wonderful holiday!

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4. Re: House boat day cruise v/s overnight stay ?? Help required.

Hi Asheesh ,

you seems to have done the day trip few years back . so i would suggest to do an overnight trip this time :D

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5. Re: House boat day cruise v/s overnight stay ?? Help required.

Thanks again for your replies... A few years back I did ask questions on the forum about Kerala and had planned a trip in Aug 2011, but at the end moment could not make it.

So this will be my first trip to backwaters in Kerala. Still planning for it. Dates are not finalized yet.

Thank you again for all the useful information. Love Tripadvisor :-)

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6. Re: House boat day cruise v/s overnight stay ?? Help required.

ok ASheesh !

so i wish that everything falls in place this time

1. it doenst differ much rate wise as you are just 2 adults and 1 Kid

2. booking a premium would ensure A/C for the entire duration of cruise and it will be mostly covered with glass . which would help you from insects / mosquitoes etc .

as said above in post 3 , kids need to have something to keep them engaged i think .They should enjoy the cruise , but the boat anchors for over 14 hours from sunset to morning until 7-8 AM. there are DVD's and satellite channel available these days when boat anchors . will that be ok with our young friend ?!

3. as you were not able to make it last time , i would suggest you to consider a) or c)

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7. Re: House boat day cruise v/s overnight stay ?? Help required.

Thank you all. I finally did manage to book a 1 bedroom AC luxury houseboat with full time AC option for overnight Alleppey-Alleppey return.

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8. Re: House boat day cruise v/s overnight stay ?? Help required.

could you please tell the operator name ? and if it is ok ! , the rate aswell ?

have a memorable stay

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9. Re: House boat day cruise v/s overnight stay ?? Help required.

I have booked via kerala holidays. Not sure who the operator is but their website is kerala houseboats tour dot com. I have been offered 1 bedroom premium houseboat with upper deck and full time AC for 10K. I can send you their name n number in pvt msg if u want.

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10. Re: House boat day cruise v/s overnight stay ?? Help required.

Hi Asheesh,

thanks for the info

Edited: 01 February 2013, 09:57