My friend and I had an incredible stay at Nova Holidays Houseboats. The views and landscapes were beautiful, the facilities were clean, comfortable, and relaxing. Bintu and Sakhesh were a lovely team of staff members who looked out for us and made our stay so pleasurable. I would recommend this houseboat experience for others
Where do I start? First of all the boat we were on was totally different to the ones shown in the pics. We got an old boat with torn cushions, broken centre table, very dirty toilets which even had a used bath soap that was left by the previous guests. This showed us that the boat wasn't even cleaned before our trip.
On entering the boat, we were asked to remove our shoes and this was not very comfortable as the floor( especially the toilet floor) wasn't clean and this put us off from using the facilities.
The mineral water provided during lunch wasn't a fresh bottle. The seal was broken and it looked like an old bottle had been 're-filled with normal water.
The only positive was the tasty food.
Overall, our trip with nova houseboat was a big disappointment. This just proves that the photos and good reviews on the website can be mis-leading.
We just booked flight ticket to Kochi weeks back and didn't plan anything beyond as we got busy with our Marriage and Governments demonitization impact on it.
We reached Kochi and at the lounge we went through Travel Aps and found Nova Holidays.
We were received, allotted with a clean tidy room.
1.Each cottage has everything on its own
2.Grocery shop is just 50m away.
3.Share autos runs too and fro every 10mins (rs.30 to Makkani restaurant 1.5km far)
4.TV which has all channels
The next day we planned for a house boat. The Dock is well within 2mins walk.
Remembering Eldhose words, " churches beaches, hotels you can see anywere in the world, Boathouse in backwaters is what you can experience only here, and no where"
the boathouse was awesome, big, luxurious
the staffs in boathouse needed to be appreciated, for there care and cooking.
we were out of world couple of days.
Cards are accepted!
I strongly recommend Nova Holidays to Honeymooners and everyone. We could have spent much more money finding big hotels.
Some Instinct brought us here. For the price what we paid, we carry back tons and tons of Memories, in that way I OWE Nova more.
will repay it when we come back with our family.
Travelling with my husband, I used nova 18 months ago and couldn't fault the experience ; again I was not disappointed in my faith in them.
This was a different houseboat with air conditioned partitioned dining room behind the lounging area
It wouldn't have bothered me if we didn't have it but it was a nice bonus.
The food was great last time and even better this. Ever dish was freshly prepared and we had no hesitation in tucking it.
Inspired my girlfriend and I to take cooking lessons later back on dry land
The crew, capitan and chef were respectful friendly and attentive.
We didn't go for xtras of prawns which could be available at a stop for us to purchase and chef to cook because last time they were a little over done but that's not to say that would have happened this but we'd also had a surfeit of prawns and felt it would be nice to just appreciate the food provided. Honestly that food was just delicious as I've said.
Bedroom, a twin bedded, fresh white as white linens and a clean fresh bathroom
Personally I think this company is a find.
Not sure how I found them last time but it was probably here.
The owner is a friendly open family man who is very professional and good at managing us and his staff
My first experience on boat house especially with my love. The way people served and helped was so good and kind. Few things needs to be improved in order to make the experience more beautiful like hot water facility, door issue and WI-FI facility. Otherthan this, everything was so so good
Nova holidays has taken good care through out. We booked 1 night stay at the houseboat and also relied on them for airport pick up and drop. Everything was meticulously arranged without any glitch - from booking to drop back was seamlessly executed. The staff (specially Balu) was very pleasant and accomodating, food was wonderful (you can tell them about your taste and they would certainly try to accomodate as much and dont forget to pick up some fresh water prawns and the cook will prepare it for you). The boat docks for the evening at an island in the lake towards the evening for the rest of the night (dont forget to carry some mosquito repellant ointments, we forgot but thankfully the crew had some so we were saved). Boat does needed some more attention as some electrical fittings and tv were not working, would request the owners to pay attention to those to elevate the overall exeperience.
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First we did the homestay, then we did the houseboat. Both fantastic. Eldhose was an excellent host arranging everything we needed for our overnight houseboat experience. Boat is older and trip expensive but it is well worth every bit. The views, the serenity, the excellent and very abundant food, the great crew, the beautiful spot we stayed at over night. Giving pencils to the village children, the awesome sleep because of the gentle lapping water. Can't speak highly enough. It was a magic experience and we would do it again for for more days next time. Thank you Eldhose and crew