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1 Bedroom, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Alappuzha, Alappuzha District, Kerala

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HAHOHEHER...
Roth, Germany
1 review
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“a fantastic experience for us”
Reviewed 17 March 2016 for a stay in March 2016
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It was a pleasure to be guest on the houseboat tour
Highly recommended total friendly staff and an excellent host
clean accommodation great meals

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Liked best: to stay in the evening night on the boat was great
Liked least: nothing was all ok
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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gautammri...
Mumbai, India
2 reviews
“Fantastic houseboat day/night stay with Nova houseboat Granma”
Reviewed 10 March 2016 for a stay in February 2016

our 10th wedding anniversary and wanted it to be special so we choose the Nova houseboat a day/night package. Along with our 5.5 yr son it was a fantastic experience of living through the boat. We were delighted by the hospitality on the boat with freshly cooked lunch, sea food dinner and nutritious breakfast the very next day. The drinking water was also sufficient. had a pleasant sight seeing in the backwaters.
Only late evening when the houseboat took shore only dim lights were on in the boat so if some activities can be planned for a family that 2-3 hrs can be engaged better. The overnight sleep on the boat was a memorable one. Overall enjoyed the experience. expected more stop overs in the morning so that we could click photos on various back water spots.

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Liked best: The backwaters boat ride and the fresh food cooked in the houseboat kitchen
Liked least: There should be more stop over points in the houseboat during the late evening and morning, fishing activity to be properly conducted for yourng kids as an experience
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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Emma G
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Wow! Wonderful experience!”
Reviewed 7 March 2016 for a stay in February 2016
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We spent one night on the Nova house boat and it was one of the most wonderful experiences we've ever had! They couldn't be more helpful, even starting by collecting us from our hotel in their taxi to take us to Alleppey.

The back waters are breath taking and it's definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity, it's a must do when in Kerala. We had two members of staff on board our one bedroom boat, the captain and the chef. Both were absolutely wonderful and very accommodating. We were welcomed with fresh coconuts and had a wonderful lunch of fresh fish and delicious Keralan food. Shortly followed by tea and fried bananas - yum! For dinner we had another delicious meal - they are very generous with the amount of food provided - way more than enough for the two of us.

The captain was very friendly and was sure to point out all of the interesting places along the way and answer any questions we had. It's also worth having a little ride on the canoe boat, that was blissful! We docked around half 5 just in time to have a walk in the rice fields and watch the sun set. there was a tv on board which didn't have reception but I'm not sure why you want to watch tv anyway, we spent the evening reading and relaxing until we went to bed.

The bedroom was very big and offered a comfy four poster bed with mosquito nets. The air con was a ceiling fan, be prepared it is so hot so you don't get much relief. It was a comfy sleep though and the bathroom was basic but had everything you needed. For breakfast we had a very nice omelette and fresh juice before departing. Overall I'd highly recommend Nova and definitely suggest you have a stay on the house boat I'd you're visiting - it was a fantastic experience which we would love to do again.

One thing I will say about the back waters - the locals seem to just throw any rubbish over board into the river and you do spot quite a lot of litter in the waters and along the banks, which I feel is a shame - but maybe this is normal.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
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Jolly_Dre...
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Lovely way to spend 24 hours (ish)”
Reviewed 5 March 2016 for a stay in November 2015

We pre-booked with Nova Houseboats a one bedroom house boat for 2 people. They picked us up from our hotel in Cochin at the agreed time, journey was about one hour 30 mins and when we arrived we were met by the houseboat owner who had us quickly onto the boat and our luggage was taken from the car to our bedroom.

We met our captain and chef for the trip, both lovely guys (chef has to be the most smiley person on the planet and also a fab cook). We set sail with a fresh coconut each sat back in the reclining chairs.

Our boat had two outdoor reclining chairs, indoor dining room table and chairs, our bedroom with a four poster double bed with AC (over night) and en-suite bathroom, plus kitchen for chef. Upstairs there was another sitting area which was covered also but gave greats over the water. Boat was very clean.

Food was some of the best we eat in Kerala. Chef spent most of his time cooking and the vegetarian food was great. We had lunch, afternoon tea (the most lovely hot banana cakes), dinner and Keralan breakfast.

The trip on the backwaters was lovely, relaxing and romantic. You set sail about lunch time and are sailing around until about 5pm when you moor for the night, generally alongside other house boats. Set sail about breakfast time, back to your starting location.

We also arranged a very reasonably priced taxi to our next stop via Nova, which was 3 hours away. The taxi driver did not know Varkala, but went out of his way to find the place where we were staying, which we really appreciated.

Highly recommend this houseboat and Nova.

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Management Response
6 Mar 2016
Thank you so much for your excellent review , this will will give more energy for my team to provide even more better service for our future guest
Eldhose Baby
Owner Nova Holidays Cottage and Houseboat
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PratapPal
Newark, Delaware
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Excellent boathouse experience in Alleppey”
Reviewed 14 January 2016 for a stay in January 2016
1
person found this review helpful

We had a wonderful experience in the nova boathouse in this Jan 2016. Starting from the booking till the end it was very much satisfying. Eldhose, the manager from nova, is awesome person. He is very friendly and helped in all regards to make this vacation a satisfactory one. Excellent service and help from the entire group. I had booked the vacation rental online around 1 month ahead. Me my wife and our 4-year-old daughter had spent one night in a 1 bed room and it was very nice stay. The boat was in very good condition; room was comfortable and clean with attached bathroom. We started our journey around noon and had very nice cursing experience entire afternoon with good lunch. It was perfect relaxed vacation time spent. Then the boat was parked by the dark and it was a peaceful night stay again with good diner. We bought fresh lobster while cruising and the same was cooked in the diner. Both the cook and the navigator was very nice person. They were so friendly and accommodating, we felt very welcoming for my family. Overall it was extremely good experience with Eldhose & nova holidays and i definitely recommend this one for any family is planning boathouse vacation in Alleppey.

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Liked best: Service
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Large groups
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