Alleppey Houseboats-The Journey To Serenity
A lot tourists are attracted by the houseboat concept in Alleppey, India. It is very exciting to be able to live backwaters in a huge private houseboat while on a vacation. Many people around the world appreciate the concept of houseboat which evolved from the backwaters and the traditions of coastal Kerala. The number of people who stay in houseboats when they visit Alleppey is steadily increasing as of today there are more than 800 house boats riding on the backwaters. Since there are higher chances of not being able to get a houseboat during your tour as a result of increased demand, it may be a good thing to book earlier. Houseboat operators offer both day cruises and overnight stays, a houseboat never cruises during the night. There are always certain important facts you need to know before planning a houseboat cruise and making a reservation for it.
It is important to first check the physical condition of the boat. Houseboats of Alleppey are made of wood. A yearly maintenance is always done to keep it in good condition. The age of the boat reflects the condition of the boat. Moreover, the average lifespan of a wooden houseboat is usually ten years.
2. Pricing: – Houseboats are comparatively expensive. The reason for them being expensive is that the operating expenses are equally high. A chef, driver and engineer are three staff found in each houseboat. The rent charged by each houseboat tenant varies as it is not standardized. The quality of services found on board the houseboat is what determines the amount of rent that is charged on it. This implies that if one finds a cheaply priced house, the quality of services offered as well as the condition of the boat will also be bogus.
3. Cruising route:- This is a very important aspect. One is taken through a round trip from Alleppey to Kerala or the other way round is also possible. By this, one has to be taken through the backwaters via the villages in Kerala to Alleppey while enjoying the coastal areas as well as the natives. another aspect to consider is that the more hours one takes cruising the villages, the more rent is to be spent.
The other aspect to be considered is the food served in the houseboat. For instance there will be those that will need special food and this has to be asked much earlier in advance.
5. Check in and check out:- The normal check in time for houseboat would be 12:00 PM and checkout time would be nine to ten in the morning. These timings would be approximate and depends on your houseboat operator. An important point to keep in mind is that boarding times are fixed.