We stayed on the houseboat offered by the Punnamada Resort about two years ago, and it was a wonderful experience. So when we decided to come back to Kerala, one of our first choices was to revisit the houseboats.
Sadly things had changed. The houseboat we were on last time was being refurbished, so we were on the sister vessel. As it eventuated it needed refurbishing as well. As well, last time we cruised all day then tied up on one of the canals overnight then cruised some more in the morning before returning to the resort. This time we returned to the resort in time for dinner, remained tied up there overnight, and went for another short cruise in the morning. While the houseboat staff were very attentive, the meals there were not very inspired, so we had dinner and breakfast in the resort's restaurant. It was very quiet there as there was only one other couple dining at the same time.
Overall, if we had not been there before we probably would have enjoyed the experience much more, as it was things had changed too much for us, and we came away somewhat disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Punnamada Resorts is nestled on the serene banks of Vembanad Lake and gives a world of heritage and luxury. The divine ambiance and the hospitality lead to a total relaxation of mind, body and soul and it highlighted the rich heritage and the essence of Kerala in its true form with a focus on the eco system and being an environment friendly resort by taking initiative in various fronts. The green leaf certified Ayurveda centre at Punnamada puts a new life into yourself and to regain vigor and vitality and lead a stress-free life. The essence of Kerala and its magical backwaters can be experienced aboard Punnamada’s exclusive 'Kettuvallam' (houseboats) by the resort, the houseboats of Punnamada equipped with the best of luxuries. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Punnamada Hotel Alappuzha
- Punnamada Backwaters Hotel
- Punnamada Resort Kerala, India