This was my 2nd trip to Alleppy Backwaters, Kerala in HouseBoat. My 1st trip was with a Local Housboat player not like this 2nd trip with a branded company owned Houseboat Liner. We checked in on 1 Jan 2017 during New Year Eve. and checked out on 2 Jan 2017. This time period is usually very high peak business season, so we got 2 BHK houseboat for a very reasonable rate comparative to others we got 2 BHK for Rs 16,000 for Breakfast to next Breakfast trip. The Cost of 2 BHK(6 Pax) in Off-Season is usually Rs 8000 and for 1 BHK(3 pax) is Rs 6000. During New year Peak Season cost of other HouseBoats for 2 BHK was around Rs 40,000- Rs50,000 per night.
1. So Cost wise very competitive deal we got.
2. Service was very good on Board, we asked for few more cups of Tea twice which we got with happy face which was out of food Itenary. Food was very very good, Usually breakfast, Lunch and Dinner served in other Local houseboats are also very good. But you can easily distinguish between a branded company managed Houseboat liner like this and other Local houseboat player.
3. The Driver or Captain of this Boat was explaining the entire trip like a guide in the middle of the Vembanad Lake, from names of the migratory birds to history and culture and geography of the place, he was explaining everything in clear english.
4. There will be 2 staff on the boat well dressed in clean Uniforms, A driver and A Cook thats it. Both are very approachable they give service out of bounds.
5. During the Night time Halt as you know boat stops sailing after 6 PM, they make it sure that you are connected to the TV and Mosquito Nets are put in place. Not a single Mosquito bothered us.
6. They started on time 11:00 AM sharp and ended for Day 1 ride at 6:00 PM. Day 2 they started at 7 AM and reached back to Nehru Trophy Finishing point Ramada Hotel at 9 AM. with nice Breakfast. Throughout the trip Quality and Quantity of the food was very very good.
7. Hygeine in Rooms and Toilets were nicely maintained, Toileteires like soap and towels were provided and Clean new looking bedsheets and curtains were there.
During my 1st trip with Local Houseboat in non peak season 10 Feb 2016 costed me 1 BHK for Rs 6000. Except Food everything was bad. The Local Houseboat guys will cheat you in their way without you coming to know how . They will not take the Boat for a Long ride and cut the trip short without you knowing about it. Their TV sets or Music systems will never work, just kept for showing purpose. Theiy will never start the Journey on time i.e. 11:00 AM. They kill your journey time by going to local market and buy vegetables Fish,Chicken from your money which you paid while boarding the Boat. and start your journey by 12.30-12:45 and then Halt in between for Lunch at 1:30. Only 1 hr ride when you start and after lunch 2:30 to 5:00 PM. so total ride in Day 1 will be 3 hrs 30 mins not more than that. Next day morning they start the Boat at 7:30, 8:00 am to 9:00 AM, just 1 hr thats it. that how local players cheat tourist. They would provide u tasty but limited food. Mosquitos can also bite you in these boat setup. Usually staffs are good people in local boats as well but they will not be in proper uniforms like branded Pournami Parvathy Houseboat. In Local Houseboat Staff will ask for Tips after the trip is over, in Pournami, staff carried our lugguage to the board and didnt asked any tips, infact they were going back so we had to call them and tip them. Toilets were not Clean in Local Houseboats and company branded Logo will not be there on towels and pillow covers.
Overall Experience with Pournami Parvathy Houseboat was superb and must Recommend, 5 on 5. Usually i dont write reviews but their overall service and hospitality and maintenance of a brand has forced me to write this one. I chose Pournami for my trip after reading many reviews specially from TripAdvisor only got good reviews. This Company also won best houseboat company award in year 2014, dont know who won in the year 2016. But i Recommend this, a Must.
Booked this place online . Got a call from them saying 2 bed house boats are sold out and there was a 3 bed boat which costed 2k extra . Went ahead with the booking even though we wanted a 2 bed boat only . While checking in we got a 2 bed boat only !
I let this go . The boat started off , lunch was ok , it tasted like home cooked . Nothing fancy . We docked at 5 pm . Within 10 mins the whole boat was filled with mosquitoes and flies . We tried watching TV in the front portion but insects and spiders started falling into out food and drinks . We went into the room . Dinner was below average and we kept wondering how many inspects we consumed .
The boat was Old and rickety , there were many fancy looking ones ours was not . Overall , for the amount we paid we were really disappointed by the experience .
Stayed overnight in a 4 bedroom houseboat. Great staff, excellent food and the whole family enjoyed the trip. My next trip will be definitely more than a day with Pournami Houseboat.
You will be in cruise-control! Excellent hosts, very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly captain, perfect setting, great hospitality and food. Just get in the houseboat, and sail off.
I had booked Pournami Houseboat on 16-17 Nov 2016 for 12 members. Due to my personal problems I was not part of tour and my family member only went there. I was worried as they don’t know much about trip details as all things were booked by me. But this Pournami guys are so well organization. My family members had not faced single problem.
The boat interior is nice, well maintained, neat, clean and comfortable. Food is good. Staff is very cooperative. Its more than one month, still my family members remembers ambience of trip.
I also thanks Ms. Parvathy. As she help me well in this all. Also we had problem with Cash due to demonetization decision. She also helps me to solve this.
I am planning to visit next year as I have missed this year.
Have heard from many of my friends that if your are visiting Kerala don't miss the houseboat. So while planning for our family trip, included the houseboat in our itinerary. Surfed through many websites for houseboats and zeroed on Pournami. Initially was a little skeptical since it was the first time i had booked the houseboat on my own research. We checked in the houseboat on 8th Nov'16 and the very expression on everybody's face was.......WOW!!! It was a well furnished 3 bedroom deluxe houseboat with three crew members who were very polite and friendly. The houseboat had all the basic things that one needs to feel like home. Everything in the houseboat was maintained neatly. The food was just amazing....typical Kerala style. All the three meals....lunch, dinner & breakfast were heart winning. The one night stay experience was a memorable one , very relaxing and refreshing. Had I knew that it would have been so great would have definitely booked the houseboat for 2 more days. Ms. Paravathy who handles the booking for houseboats is very helpful and kind, makes sure your query is satisfactorily answered and even suggests for the benefit of the guest. Ms Paravathy.....10/10 for Pournami Houseboat. Will surely visit again and thanks for the first & best ever experience of a Houseboat!!!!
I traveled along with my family and booked the houseboat. The houseboat was neat and clean. Food was excellent and we have a grate day. The driver and cook both were nice and ready to help us. I think it was value for money i spend.
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