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The Guide To Renting Houseboats
Most of the tourists visiting Alleppey are enthralled by the concept of houseboats. 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. 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. Houseboat operators offer both day cruises and overnight stays, a houseboat never cruises during the night. it is very important to be able to fully understand the various important aspects of booking a houseboat before actually deciding to book one.
It is important to first check the physical condition of the boat. Most of the houseboats found in Alleppey are made of wood. The owner of this houseboats always carries our an yearly maintenance exercise. When considering how old the boat is, the physical condition always gives it away. it is good to understand that the lifespan of a houseboat is usually ten years.
The cost associated with life boats are really expensive and competitive. The high price is reflected as a result of the high operating costs of the houseboat as it will have three crew members on board. 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. it is important to understand that the amount or rent charges varies. As the rent varies according to the quality of services found on board. 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.
3. Cruising route:- This is a very important aspect. One of the most popular routes is froom Kerala to Alleppey which means that one will take a round route. You will be moving through canals and other backwater areas where they take you to the real villages of Alleppey backwaters. The more the cruising hours it takes, the more would be the rent.
The other aspect to be considered is the food served in the houseboat. If you have special meal preference, you would need to ask for it much 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. This hours are however determined by your operator. Boarding points are normally fixed and most cases they would mention it once a booking is made.