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1 Bedroom, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Alappuzha, Alappuzha District, Kerala

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travelisf...
Mumbai, India
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Fantastic experience”
Reviewed 5 November 2014 for a stay in October 2014
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Nova houseboat was clean and well maintained, staff was helpful, food was yummy. The best part was the candle light dinner. We weren't expecting it to be so fantastic. Bed decoration was beautiful, bedroom was nice and bathroom was decent. Halaal meat was also arranged on prior request.

There were bed bugs that bit my husband and that was the only negative thing. There was power cut but when informed it was sorted immediately.

Thank you Eldhose and Nova staff for amazing houseboat experience and beautiful memories.
We definitely recommend Nova houseboat.

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Liked best: Candle Light Dinner
Liked least: Bed bugs
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Harish J
Chennai (Madras), India
Level 6 Contributor
169 reviews
88 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
“Expectation mismatch i guess.”
Reviewed 30 October 2014 for a stay in October 2014
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Good things first....The Crew was friendly, Food was awesome....seriously..too good.

What could have been better....the boat overall could have been better....since i booked a 1 BR boat, i expected it to be, however it was a 2BR boat, with one BR closed and kept.

There wasn't a fridge, however he did arrange for an ice box prior to departure, which ensured i could get to chill some beers.

The ride was very limited (donno if everyone does that..12.30 - 1.30, 3.30- 5.30..with a 45 break for a massage)...next day...730-830...

The Beds / bedsheets could have been better....

The flush is definitely something which is a big thumbs down..

The power supply was very limited, hence could not use the music system...sad....even in the night at the parking bay, power conked off and we had to wake up in the night and then some one assisted with the power on....

Overall, would have been great, if I had a low expectations.

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Liked best: Food & Service
Liked least: Washroom
Travelling group: Young Children
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Management Response
4 Nov 2014
Thank you very much for your review and happy to hear from you that you like our food and crew. . I know this is the best place to share my thoughts because everybody will read this review i guess people like to read the negative reviews first i am taking this advantage to share some information for our guest who is going tostay with us in future. Houseboat is a traditional concept with lots of limitations so be ready to compromise with your luxury expectations. I think this guest made this deluxe houseboat reservation with over expectation if anyone have lots of expectation i request you to book a premium houseboat which you will get more facilities like fridge ,music system , lcd tv, full time a/c, spacious room with more comfortable bed .Please read our side of story regarding this review
#1 Limited cruise =cruising time 12:00 noon to 5:30 pm one hour lunch break if weather is not good we will not take any chance , we have no other break other than if guest want to stop between this time for a massage or village walk .Next day morning one hour cruise 7:30 am to 8:30 am or 8:00 am to 9:00
#2 Bed and bed sheet = We understand bed was little hard (not too hard) but not find any problem with bed sheets
#3 Flush = We are using a bio septic tank system which is not smoothly work like a hotel room
#4 Power problem = now days Houseboats making lots pollution in the backwater, day time from the huge diesel engine and night time from the generator so we kept our generator for back up option and take electricity from a house in the village if there is a power cut we will switch on our generator , This system will help to earn little income for the village people, Less pollution for nature ,less noise in the bedroom Please read the Itinerary and menu which i used to share with my guest at the time of booking
Menu :Welcome drink Tender Coconut or fresh fruit juice Lunch;Rice Fish fry,4 veg dish, curd pappadm,pickle,and sweats Evening Tea/coffee and snacksDinner Chappathy(Indian bread) Rice ,3 veg dish and chickenBreakfast Bread Butter Jam egg tea/coffee fresh juice and Kerala dish
Guests can check in at 12:00 hrs, we will welcome you with welcome drink and start cruise after a short briefing introduction, relax and enjoy the canals, rivers and backwater, at 13:00 hrs houseboat will stop for lunch, with lavish menu of traditional Kerala cuisine. (if your require any special meals like main food in north Indian or food without spice etc it has to be informed in advance).14:00 hrs it will continue its cruise covering beautiful rivers and canals with palm trees and small houses near to it , villages paddy fields, churches, etc, you can also buy fresh prawns or crab or karimeen from local fishermen and give to our chef , who will prepare it for your dinner.17:30 hrs The houseboat will anchor (till next day morning 08: 00) most of the time we will stop near the land because, you can also get a chance to go out and walk along the riverside or villages and come back, Evening Enjoy your Dinner and leave all world behind you and have a good sleep in your floating paradise.Bed tea / Coffee will be provided, enjoy the sunrise and breath polution free air. At 08:30 hrs Breakfast which includes bread, butter, jam together with Iddily & Dosa etc.Terms and conditions: Meal plan applied on APAI / full board basis (ie; inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner)The Menu is normally fixed. Any changes to be intimated in advance.Check in: 12 noon, Check out: 9 AM. One stay is for 21 hrs and not for 24 hrs.
Beverages & any cook to order will be charged extra on actual.
The boat will be anchored in the lake or canal during night & will not cruise after 17.30 hrs. Air conditioners in the bedroom will be switched on only from 9 PM to 6 AM
Incase of A/C failure, Non A/C deluxe houseboat tariff will be charged.
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andreiasa...
Sobreda, Portugal
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Amazing”
Reviewed 28 October 2014 for a stay in August 2014

We´ve stay one night at the cottage room and one night at the premium houseboat and it was a great experience. Very clean, everyone was very regardfull and friendly and there were plenty of delicious food. It was an unforgettable experience. Thank you very much.

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itzibitzi
zurich
Level 6 Contributor
405 reviews
108 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 279 helpful votes
“very enjoyable”
Reviewed 28 September 2014 for a stay in September 2014
1
person found this review helpful

i really had my doubts..., but it was very nice! the 2 guy on the ANNA were very friendly and helpful and served great Food. that was not expected. pity we only stayed on the main canal. i can highly recommend this boat and this Crew!

Travelling group: Freunden
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teebees
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Best part of this year's vacation”
Reviewed 15 September 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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people found this review helpful

I contacted the management of at least three houseboats through TripAdvisor. Eldhose Baby was prompt and precise. He provided clear instructions for advance payment and was ready to adjust to my schedule for payment. We had a nice time with the crew. The food was awesome (Lunch and Tea). Went through the real Kuttanad area from 11:30am till 5pm. Areas of improvement that I can suggest are: 1. Specify the route and show it on map 2. Inquire about food restrictions/preferences of guests in advance 3. Inform exactly what is expected (arrival, parking, boarding, payment) 4. Provide choices (if any in terms of food). Recommend Nova Holidays Houseboat for families.

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Travelling group: Extended Family
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Shruti C
New Delhi, India
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Extraordinaire”
Reviewed 13 September 2014 for a stay in September 2014

Nova houseboats run by Mr Eldoss Baby is absolutely marvellous! While booking I was sceptical about the cleanliness and amenities on the houseboat given my prior dismal experience in houseboats in Kashmir. However, I was pleasantly surprised to say the least!the houseboats are far from tacky. Bful neat minimalistic wooden interiors.. They are wonderfully done up! No velvety annoying drapes! Equipped with flat screen Tcs, Ac, good collection of movies and music, my stay was absolutely perfect!! Plus the on board staff is excellent. Polite courteous and great chefs!!! This is highly recommended!!!

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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pawmat
Pasto, Colombia
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great houseboat experience!”
Reviewed 6 September 2014 for a stay in July 2014

We had a great experience with Nova Holidays during our 3 days 2 nights houseboat trip with our family. My parents were in India for the first time and they absolutely loved this part of the trip. Everything from the crew, boat (3 bedroom) to food was excellent and I would definitely recommend Nova Holidays to anyone interested in spending some time in Kerala Backwaters. Thanks!

Travelling group: Extended Family
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