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Thu, 05 Jul – Fri, 06 Jul (1 Night) | 1 Room | 1 Guest
Puthenangadi Jetty, Alleppey , 682003 | Show on Map
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Located at Cochin, Spice Coast Cruise provides a restaurant on the premises. This houseboat is 1 km away from Luthern School Bus Stop and 9 km from Alleppey Beach. This houseboat in Cochin consists 8 rooms offering amenities such as an air-conditioning, bottled drinking water and a telephone.
This houseboat in Cochin provides a laundry and a room service. Ravi Karunakaran Museum (7 km) and St. Mary's Forane Church (20 km) are the tourist attractions to visit in the vicinity. Spice Coast Cruise in Cochin is 7 km away from Kalavur Halt Railway Station and 80 km from Cochin International Airport.
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Price for 1 NightRs. 12,500
Bed Room (Sleeps 02)
by Pratyksh on
Like you, all the readers, I also did an immense research and read various reviews before booking a houseboat. There were blogs claiming the likes of Rainbow cruises, Grandeur Houseboats, Angel Queen Houseboats etc. to be the best ones in Alleppey and these boats claim to have hosted VIPs such as food traveler Anthony Bourdain, Sir Greg Chapel etc. However, all of these house boats have massive amount of poor reviews. Few have bad food, showers not working in the washroom, ACs not working in the nights, mosquitoes and bugs, hot water not available, untidy linen, unclean kitchens etc. I was disappointed as I lost trust in all these luxury house boats. But then, we found Spice Coast Cruise by CGH Earth group. Here is my recommendation for all who are planning for a Houseboat Stay... Before my detailed review, I recommend you to read this.... Why do you seek a full time AC houseboats? I tell you something, when we were in enjoying photographs in our houseboat, I saw these ugly ship size looking houseboats, completely covered with glasses where you have to share rooms as well. These boats are not worth the stay for the prices they charge. Throughout the boat, you have such a great breeze that you will not need AC. In our case we even switched off the fan, not because we were feeling cold, but because there was no need. And then there were other houseboats with loudspeakers, loud DJ music and people dancing and shouting, I believe that it was a pure headache to watch that, traveling in one of those could have been a complete disaster. Detailed review of Spice Coase Cruise: Our Houseboat was named, Spice Coast Cruise Boat No.1. This boat has only one bedroom and a comfortable sitting area at the front deck along with the dining area at the middle-lower deck. The check in time was 1:00 PM and the checkout time was 9:00 AM. We reached little early at around 11:45 AM and as we reached at their coastal office, we were welcomed by a local couple, I believe they were the local care takers, since the boats belong to CHG Earth Group. We told that we have reached early, and they told us, No problem sir, your boat is ready and you are free to check-in right away without any additional cost. We checked in after being introduced to and welcomed by our boat crew members, Mr. Tony Pereirra (Captain), Mr. Sanil Kumar (Co-Captain) and Mr. Kuchumohan (Worlds best Chef Ex Oberois employee). Upon welcome we were given a Lemon and Ginger beverage, which was chilled and refreshingly delicious and the boat left in the meantime. Since the crew knew that we have a baby with us, to our surprise they had kept a nice clean baby sleeping cot with toys, simply amazing. As we had boarded early, the crew gave us a detailed tour of the nearby island and local fishing spots. Around 12:15, they had asked about our preference of time for lunch and we agreed for 1:00. Following was our lunch (few photos added): - Karimeen (2 Roasted full size fishes). - Kerala style Yoghurt curry. - Avial. - Beetroot Thoran. - Local fish curry. - Kairali Beans vegetable. - Raw Banana vegetable with mild gravy. - Papadam. - Kerala red rice. - Pickle. - Fresh cut fruits for our baby. This was damn delicious and so much to eat. As we finished our lunch, the chef was very kind to offer milk for our baby, which was such a great help. While cleaning, they asked if we want to have some specific beverages (I hope you understand, the can provide one for you, if you need). We had stopped the boat from 1:00 2:00 for lunch, then we continued with further exploration. At 4:00 PM, tea was served along with raw banana fritters and bread pakodas, the boat did not stopped during evening snacks. Approximately at 6:15 PM 6:30 PM we reached at our parking area (we were late since the captain wanted us to see the local nearby coastal village, generally as per the government rule, boats have to be stopped by 5:30 PM, as fishermen spread nets to catch fishes during evenings). As soon as we parked, the crew turned on the AC at our bedroom. And at around 8:00 PM, the dinner was served. Here is the menu for the dinner: - Crispy spiced Shrimps. - Assorted Vegetables in coconut gravy. - Dry Okra with caramelized onions. - Chicken in red hot curry. - Prawns with Drumsticks and Pumpkin in mild gravy. - Fried crispy chicken. - Steamed rice. - Dal. - Papadam. - Fresh Salad. - Pickle. Again absolutely fresh and delicious and too much to eat from. We walked on the island where we had parked for a while and we headed for our room after collecting another bottle of milk, which chef had kept ready for the baby. The crew had kept our bed enclosed within mosquito net, so no problem with mosquitoes or bugs. We got up late in the morning at 8:00 AM, and to our surprise, no one disturbed us. Once we got ready at around 8:30, breakfast was served and following was the menu: - Bread toasts with butter and Jam. - Fresh Pineapple juice. - Black Coffee and Tea. - Fresh Pineapple and Bananas. - Idli. - Puttu Rice. - Assorted vegetables in coconut gravy. - Sambhar. - Cheese omelette. We left after breakfast and crew asked if we want to eat anything else, we smiled and nodded a big NO. So they handed over another bottle of milk for the baby and the baby was more than happy. We reached back to the deck at around 10:30 AM and the car (Toyota Innova, at extra cost) to Cochin was kept ready for us as we were supposed to fly back to Mumbai. Final Thoughts: I would like to say, this was the boat where we got the best and freshest food in entire Kerala and this is the only reason that we are keen on visiting Kerala back. Early check-in and late check-out was not a problem for Spice Coast Cruise. These house boats are eco-friendly boats, so do not expect television or music. Generally AC Timings at the bedroom are 5:30-6:00 PM till the time we leave the next day in the morning, however during the day hours, ceiling fan will be operational. Entire crew was so nice, that this was one of the most memorable vacation we ever had. They used to babysit while we used to enjoy food. All we can say is, we highly recommend Spice Coast Cruise, anytime and over anyone, easily. We hope this helps!
by ajeeta m on
I booked spice coast for over night stay after a lot of research online looking at good feedback. Hence our expectations were high. It was a good experience in many ways but it could have been better. Positives- crew on boat was good and kind. Chef should get special compliments for cooking delicious food. I liked everything right from welcome lemon drink to breakfast pineapple juice. Fish fry, prawns and chicken was fab. Food was excellent without any doubt. I am allergic to veg they put in sambhar and hence it was very sweet of them to not cooked that and provide alternative to it. Boat was clean and maintained. We had two bedroom houseboat and one bathroom out of two was stinking but when complaint about it, crew took care of it. They have mosquito repellent net too above the bed. Basic amenities are provided for comfort zone. AC worked on time as mentioned. View from boat was excellent. So peaceful and tranquil. It was amazing to watch small villages pass by and birds chirping. Sunset view and sunrise view was good too. Negative- total cruise time was just 4-4.5hours. It's too less for the amount of 19300/- which we paid. They took almost half hour break for lunch. Post 5.30pm boats are not allowed to cruise and this was mentioned so no complaints about it. Cruise started again around 8.20am and we reached jetty by around 9am. No time was mentioned for morning cruise but just it will be started after breakfast. Our check out time was 10am. Morning cruise time was too less. Also it was short distance. Breakfast was asked at 8am and they agreed but was given almost at 8.30 and even before we finished eating properly we had reached jetty for check out. Last min everything was hosh posh. They started shutting windows and machine indicating that time is over. They assured cruise from start point to be alleppey to sunset at vembanad lake at kumarakom and morning back to allepey. This route and plan was changed at 11-11.30am which is like two hours before check in time. They called us for the same. They spoke to driver who told us about change of points. They took us from kumarakom to alleppey for sunset. Which is not what we wanted. We finalised on spice coast for journey they promised us alleppey to kumarakom and sunset at vembanad lake. Other cruises were not covering same route and vembanad lake. It was either kumarakom only or alleppey only unless we pay extra for it. This was major disappointment. I will suggest to first get clearance on route and assurance that they will follow it and then only book it.
by JP_SY on
Just the two of us cruised the Kerala backwaters in a converted rice boat with crew and chef to ourselves. The boat was a palace on the water, with everything we could need; even a perfectly adequate bathroom and a delightful bedroom with a/c.. There were comfortable bamboo armchairs around the dining table for meals. We stopped off to buy fresh fish for our evening meal; the chef was superb and prepared some delicious dishes. The crew of three were excellent and always attentive and helpful. The small front deck was perfect for lounging to watch the world drift by. The countryside was lovely and there were many interesting birds to spot. Our little boat had a very good book of local birds which helped with identification brilliant. In the evening we moored up, there was hardly a sound except temple music drifting ethereally across the water. The whole experience was so calm and relaxing, great to just chill out so far away from it all! Cruising the Kerala backwaters in this rice boat is an experience not to be missed, we'd do it again!
by gmczo on
From stepping onto the absolutely gorgeous boat we entered a very special place of care and beauty. The three staff were the loveliest people. One of our boys had a sore belly and they went out of their way to get coconuts off trees to soothe him. The food was AMAZING. We were so lucky to experience the vast backwaters with very few other boats around, the night mooring was very peaceful. We would all go back - but then at least two nights. GO! Embrace and enjoy :-)
by Travelbuddies100 on
We arrived on our house boat for our first stop in India. The crew were very polite and attentive. We booked two nights and are so glad we did. You really won't get bored. I took books, magazines and cards to keep us occupied as you are on the boat all day but I didn't read a single one. The view of the backwaters is mesmerising and I couldn't take my eyes off it! The fresh juices throughout the day were lovely and food delicious. We got off the boat a couple of times for a swim and walk around a market. You won't regret it.
by Pratyksh on May 26, 2017
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