It was terrific cruising around with Soma Houseboat on the Keralan backwaters. My one night solo stay in a houseboat of backwaters in Kerala was the memorable one. I pre-booked this houseboat for one night and enjoyed Alleppey houseboat day cruise on a budget https://myownwaytotravel.com/houseboat-cruise-alleppey-backwaters-kerala/.
Alappuzha houseboat rates for one night was 95 USD including lunch, afternoon snacks, dinner, and the next day breakfast. There is an attached private bathroom, the room with a comfortable bed for two persons and other amenities. AC provided at night to next day morning. One dining and sitting area are also there with TV. However, there was no Wi-Fi, and the houseboat interiors were simple.
Soma Houseboat is located very near to Nehru Trophy Boat Race in Alleppey. Nehru Trophy Finishing Point is also very close to this houseboat. The houseboat check-in started from 11:30 AM and check-out at 9 AM. The cruise began at 12 PM, and you'll also get the lunch break. After lunch, the journey will continue till 5:30 PM.
It was safe to travel solo, and the staffs were very cooperative. I enjoyed the landscape beauty and the tranquility of the Vembanad Lake. Also saw many migratory birds in Vembanad Lake. This is the largest lake of Kerala. While cruising, you'll see many types of houseboats on the lake. Locals have their houses on the banks of the lake; the public ferry is also there for transportation. In the evening the boat house stopped near one village. You can enjoy a village walk, fishing, canoeing, and the sunset and sunrise.
Keralan food in the houseboat was the yummiest, and I loved to enjoy the lake view from the top of the houseboat terrace. Moreover, it was a cool experience for the first time to enjoy Kerala houseboat tours. This houseboat can occupy eight passengers. I was alone, and there were three staffs from the boathouse, captain, chef, and engine operator.
Winter (November-February) is the best time to visit Alleppey backwaters of Kerala. However, I visited in the summertime and got affordable houseboat rates.
Yes, Kerala backwaters tour is mostly famous for couples and families. However, it was not even boring while enjoying alone, what say? Watch this video and let me know ;)
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