Alleppey Houseboats-The Journey To Serenity
A lot tourists are attracted by the houseboat concept in Alleppey, India. Staying in a huge private houseboat in the backwaters is always a very enchanting experience. Many people around the world appreciate the concept of houseboat which evolved from the backwaters and the traditions of coastal Kerala. Today there are more than eight hundred houseboats operating in the backwaters, and the number of people who come for the houseboat stay is soaring high. For any tourist, it is always better to get a prior reservation than to walk in to a houseboat, there might be chances that you might not get one when you are on your tour. 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. This is very important as most of the houseboats found in Alleppey are made of wood. More to this is that a yearly maintenance exercise is carried out by the owner of the houseboat. The physical condition of the boat, determines how old the boat is. Moreover, the average lifespan of a wooden houseboat is usually ten years.
It is important to understand that the prices for houseboats are really expensive. Its because the running costs are high and there would be three crew members onboard. 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 rent is directly proportional to the quality of the boat and its services. Another aspect to understand is that if one finds a relatively cheaper priced boat, it will mean that its services and its condition are also poor.
One also has to consider the cruising route of the houseboat. One of the most popular routes is froom Kerala to Alleppey which means that one will take a round route. 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.
Food is another very important aspect. If you have special meal preference, you would need to ask for it much in advance.
The normal check out time is nine in the morning while check out time is 12pm. However, the hours provided above are just an estimate and are depended on the preferences of your operator. One should keep in mind that boarding times are always fixed and that one has to work around them.