Alleppey Houseboats-The Journey To Serenity
The Alleppey Houseboat is a very unique concept which attracts many tourists. Staying in a huge private houseboat in the backwaters is always a very enchanting experience. The concept of Houseboat evolved from the coastal regions of Kerala and has since spread to other places like the coastal areas of Alleppey. It is very important to understand that there are more than 800 houseboats today at alleppey and the number is increasing steadily as most tourists prefer to live in them when visiting. It is always advised to make sure that you do an advance booking if you want to live in a houseboat when you visit Alleppey. The houseboats have a wide range of offering as they have both day time cruise as well as night cruise. There are always certain important facts you need to know before planning a houseboat cruise and making a reservation for it.
1. Condition of the boat: – one should always make sure how old the boat is. Houseboats of Alleppey are made of wood. The owner of this houseboats always carries our an yearly maintenance exercise. The age of the boat reflects the condition of the boat. The average lifespan of a houseboat is approximately six to ten years.
The cost associated with life boats are really expensive and competitive. The reason for them being expensive is that the operating expenses are equally high. The operating costs incurred include the cost of hiring three crew members to be onboarding each houseboat and that is a chef, an engineer and a driver. There is no particular standardization for the houseboat rent. The rent is directly proportional to the quality of the boat and its services. 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.
One also has to consider the cruising route of the houseboat. One is taken through a round trip from Alleppey to Kerala or the other way round is also possible. One shall be taken through the backwaters, via the villages of Alleppey and therefore enjoying nature as well as the native. The more the cruising hours it takes, the more would be the rent.
4. Food -food is normally cooked and served within the houseboat. For instance there will be those that will need special food and this has to be asked much earlier in advance.
The normal check out time is nine in the morning while check out time is 12pm. These timings would be approximate and depends on your houseboat operator. One should keep in mind that boarding times are always fixed and that one has to work around them.