Trip Advisor charges amount extremely high than the actual rent of the boat. Boat staff was not well dressed and clean. It appeared they did not take bath. food was good and staff was cooperative. No effort from the staff or the owner of the boat to make the houseboat experience memorable. Cook did not know Hindi or English. No guidance about the location or places was provided, the job of the staff and owner was just limited to float the boat and provide the food. I shall suggest my friends to visit the place just for boating and scenic view and not for stay in houseboat.
It was very pleasant stay @ Nova holidays houseboat,Aleppy.Food and hospitality was extremely good. Eldose( Owner)was very cooperative as host.
It's really worth spending .
We had booked a house boat day cruise for 10 people. The booking process was very easy and the owner was very professional in explaining all the options upfront. On arriving on the day, the boat that was given to us went well beyond our expectations. It was a luxurious boat with 3 bedrooms, upper deck etc and it was maintained to a very high standard. The staff were also very friendly and helpful. They even stopped en-route at some shops for us to buy different varieties of seafood. The lunch was awesome with many dishes and all were very tasty. The whole cruise was very relaxing and enjoyable and we all had a great time. Would recommend Nova Houseboats to everyone.
Its very nice place to visit
Very wonderful & beautiful place
For couple this place is very amazing..
To be honest i was worried when i was booking Nova House Boat , as i was reading some negative reviews and spoke to Mr Eldose and he assured for a good stay as i was with full family.
Indeed he was correct it was one of the best stays i have had and in last few years. Excellent boat house , very well maintained . Great friendly staff , my request for food was taken care of .
Thank you Mr Eldose for all your support and even helping with pick up and drop to different cities .
few points to keep in Mind.
Be at Boat at 1200 noon as they can only row till 530 PM only as per govt directive and in morning its from 7-8 Am which sometime is very fast as you get up and you miss. Also check out is 9 AM . on enjoy on the day when you check in .
overall highly recommended and will visit again
We spent a night on the backwaters with Nova Holidays Houseboat. The captain and cook were very good at attending to our needs - making space for us on the upper deck to birdwatch. We had lovely vegetarian Indian food including snacks and tea and coffee whenever we wanted. The bed was comfortable and clean, and we had a/c - a necessity as the sleeping quarters was sealed off by glass windows/doors to protect from mosquitoes and other insects. Unfortunately the boat was nothing like that shown on the web - the decor was very tired and dated, and the bathroom left a lot to be desired. Talking to other tourists however, it sounds like this is not unusual for the price paid. Eldhouse communicated well from the outset, was very accommodating and a pleasure to do business with.
To begin with clean, comfortable Houseboat with co-operative staff ( Pardish & Sarul )- great hospitality. Flexible enough to modify the route of the houseboat according to guest choice, love the living area. Only thing which disappointed us was at the time of booking we enquired if the houseboat has a deck and we were assured that there is a deck for us to enjoy the serene beauty of Kerala backwaters but upon arrival we came to know that deck is there but not functional at all and not even furnished due to rule passed by government banning the construction of decks on houseboats. If there was such rule we should have been told the truth at the time of booking. But upon insisting they did make some sitting arrangement at the deck which was satisfying at the end.
Secondly, since we had heard that the best food in Kerala you get is the one cooked by the personal chef on the houseboat but unfortunately we did not get that taste. Firstly, they made very blanned food and when we told them to make it little spicy and flavourful all we got was food full of RED CHILLI powder (specially Non-Veg food) which caused bad acidity and stomach bug since we were not used to consuming so much HOT food. Also on our last day we requested them to make AALU-POORI( Patato gravy with fried indian bread) and the poori was more like PAPADUM :-) ( atleast they tried )
Although their traditional Vegetarian south Indian Preperations were outstanding. In a Nutshell overall good stay would recommend since houseboat was very clean and comfortable. If only they can improve in terms of food it may be one of the best houseboats to cruise with,