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janeedington
London, United Kingdom

Heaven!

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 Feb 2017
Drifting through the backwaters of Allappuzha was yet another absolute highlight of our trip through Kerala. Our crew Bibin, Sasi and Jimi the chef took care of our every need - food was plentiful and delicious and the standard of the accommodation was excellent and aesthetic. The bird life was in abundance and a bird book provided on board - hooray! Everyday life on the waterways was there in an eyeful and the restful and lazy pace, after doing a fair amount of travelling, was very welcome. I would really recommend two nights so that you can get further away from the river traffic - it made all the difference. Take long sleeved and long trouser coverup clothing for the evening to discourage mosquitoes.
Date of stay: January 2017
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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GM_Xandari, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review
Responded 5 Feb 2017
Hi there!

Seems like you had a leisurely and informative trip drifting through the great backwaters of Alleppey! Thank you for sharing your journey through the beautiful water network. Bibin, Sasi and Jimi are so happy to hear from your thoughts, that they made your holiday memorable! The facilities and services on board are designed to complement the fabulous views of the waters and its surrounding greenery – happy to know that you had a great time.

Do come back soon for more memorable holiday experiences!
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Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

We were shown on to our boat Moozhiyar by the crew.The captain,the Chef and the galley hand.From start to finish the trip could not have been more spectacular.The 3 guys really were top quality.The food was amazing so tasty and the lads couldnt do enough for us.We saw such beautiful scenery along the way.We changed to a smaller boat for a trip around the rice fields and saw locals fishing,washing,doing laundry and even delivering groceries.We took a walk along the water as we moored up for the evening and watched the sun set over the paddy fields as our evening meal was being prepared.We returned to a positive feast on board.This is an experience i would highly recommend and i would like to thank the team on board for their time and hospitality you really are a credit to your company.

Date of stay: February 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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GM_Xandari, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2017


Hello Wendy!

Backwaters are one of the striking attractions in Kerala and we agree that cruising through the serene water channel is one of a kind experience! It’s great to know that our enthusiastic team of 3 made your holiday memorable and enriching – our fellow Xandarians surprise us every day with their immense dedication and warm hospitality. The life around the backwaters is indeed a peculiar sight and we are happy to know that you enjoyed exploring the life and culture.

If you decide to visit Kerala again, we wish you would check out the fabulous holiday experiences we have kept for you at Xandari Harbour - our harbor-facing, waterfront property at world heritage-worthy Fort Kochi and Xandari Pearl at Alleppey- our beach hideaway.

See you soon!

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Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

We very nearly didn't book a houseboat when booking our holiday to Kerala but I'm glad we did. The boats are amazing, very spacious and the staff are wonderful. Food cooked from fresh by the chef onboard simply delicious. If you like people watching you will love the sights, culture and sounds of the beautiful backwaters a must when in Kerala.

Date of stay: January 2017
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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GM_Xandari, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this reviewResponded 28 January 2017


Hi Suki!

A trip to Kerala is not complete without experiencing the spectacular backwaters. We do justice to this marvellous backdrop by bringing you oodles of warm hospitality and a wide platter of the most delicious delicacies! We are totally excited to know that the experience we brought you has carved wonderful holiday memories for you.

Should your travels bring you back to Kerala, do check out Xandari Pearl – a marvellous beach getaway, Xandari Harbour - a colonial retreat by the Kochi harbor and Cardamom County - our hill paradise!

Happy travels to you!

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Reviewed 23 January 2017

We had a great experience on one of the Xandari river boats over Christmas. The service, rooms and food were all excellent. The rooms were spacious and the boat seemed very well maintained. The staff were very welcoming and it was nice that they laid on a private canoe cruise round some of the river towns.

The only bad part we had was that we felt force to go to bed one night as one of the staff watched over us, waiting for us to move so he could go to bed. It felt quite awkward but we were getting tired so succumbed to the pressure. That was very minor.

I would definitely recommend.

Date of stay: December 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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GM_Xandari, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2017


Hello there!

Thank you for your awesome review on Xandari Riverscapes cruise holiday. Glad you enjoyed the experience of the serene backwaters of Kerala. Yes, our Canoe ride is one of the main delights of the Xandari Riverscapes experience that brings you a 360 into the inner parts of Alleppey, the backwaters. It’s an incredible feeling to say the least when a traveller truly appreciates our service. We are sorry to hear about this one-off experience that you had, to return to your room soon. Our fellow Xandarians are well-trained in providing world-class hospitality to our travellers, and it is unfortunate that you had this. We have taken your comment utmost seriously, though you said it was a minor.

We hope to see you soon for a more memorable holiday with us!

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Reviewed 19 January 2017

We were a family of four and hired a 2 bedroom boat for a night. The boat was very well maintained with a c rooms and decent sized bathrooms. The food served on board was delicious , especially the fried fish. The views of Lake and backwaters were amazing. All in all a memorable stay. Shall definitely visit again.

Date of stay: March 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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GM_Xandari, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2017

Hi Afzal!

A holiday with Xandari Riverscapes is an awesome way to view and experience life on Alleppey backwaters – we are excited to know that you had a good time cruising with us. The tranquil environment, fresh seafood and the luxurious private boat are all part of the wonderful experience.

Do come back soon for more memorable moments!

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Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Highly recommended. 2 days on the Kerala water back. The boats are well maintained with dedicated crews (cooker, captain, mechanic). Appreciate calm on the river, sunset, sunrise, food and romantic moments with my wife. The price being quite high vs others activities

Date of stay: January 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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GM_Xandari, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2017

Hi there!

We are absolutely excited to know that you enjoyed the personalized holiday experience that our fellow Xandarians brought to you! The cruise along the backwaters can indeed weave a lot of romantic moments than one can imagine, and we are glad that you had a great time. As far as the prices are concerned, it closely matches with that of our competition, although the experience and service that we offer remain unmatched!

Looking forward to hosting you very soon!

Wish you more romantic travels! 

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