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Carluke, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Booked this through Cholan Tours and again they picked a gem. Arrived at the jetty and welcomed with a cold drink and towel. Check in took minutes and after the explanation of where we were going were taken to the boat to find we were the sole occupiers - how marvellous. We were introduced to the three man crew who...

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GM_Xandari, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review

Hi there, We enjoyed reading the elaborate account of your perfect backwater cruise! Vembanad is absolutely a birdwatchers paradise since a lot of migratory birds make a stopover here. Kerala cuisine charms every traveler with its blend of aromatic spices and herbs, which is a delight for the senses! Our chef Philips is thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the...

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a three bed room boat for six of us. The boat is very large with air-conditioned bedrooms and attached bathrooms. There is a large sitting area with benches along the sides and a dining table in the middle. The best part was the upper level deck. The boat is kept very neat and clean by the crew. The...

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GM_Xandari, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review

Hello Sanjay Tranquil and comforting are the two words that best describe the backwater cruise in Kerala! Travelers from far and wide consistently praise the beauty of the backwaters and its marvelous backdrop. A magnificent haven like this has got to be shared with nature enthusiasts like you and Xandari Riverscapes does just that. We are happy to know that...

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We are Seniors travelling from Australia. This was a wonderful experience, the attentive staff Joseph, Prince and Jobbi are to be congratulated for attending to our every need. We were picked up from the Wharf at Kumarakom Lakes Resort for our backwater adventure. On arrival at the end of our experience, when our LPTI Driver miscalculated the traffic congestion and...

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GM_Xandari, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review

Hello Dianne, Your heartwarming review has made our day. Our fellow Xandarians are experts at making travelers feel comfortable at all times and it’s great to hear your comments about them. The backwater adventure is an exclusive feature of Kerala holiday and glad to know that you enjoyed it. If Kerala makes it to your travel itinerary again, do check...

Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 14 February 2017

The boat was very relaxing, the crew was friendly and helpful. The meals were fantastic. Very relaxing way to spend a day after your tour of India. Highly recommend. The rooms are simple but comfortable with a/c and showers.

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GM_Xandari, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for joining our mesmerizing cruise through the breath-taking water network of Alappuzha – one of the most relaxing ways to soak in the natural beauty of Kerala. It is indeed a matter of pride and joy to know that you had a lovely time with us and enjoyed the entire experience. We look forward to having...

Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We boarded our houseboat the "Karamana around 12.30pm and were greeted by a delightful crew of Shibumon - Captain, Saneesh - Driver/Engineer, and the wonderful chef Shiju, with a coconut milk drink and great smiles. The rooms where clean and nicely presented and the boat was immaculate. The crew were very attentive and the food provided was great and plentiful....

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GM_Xandari, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review

"Hello Andrea! A sail through the mesmerizing nature with a personal entourage is an absolutely fabulous experience, isn’t it? Backwater cruise is one of a kind experience that you get to enjoy in Kerala from serving fresh sea food to ensuring a relaxing stay, Xandari Riverscapes includes all the essential elements to create a memorable holiday experience. We are very...

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

6 of us boarded the houseboat for an overnight stay. It is a true "Escape" from the noise and busy life on the streets of India. 3 staff looked after us including Chef Martin who also gave a cooking demonstration. We dined on local fish and large prawns along with other traditional Kerala fare. So interesting to see the local...

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GM_Xandari, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review

Hi Sue, It feels great to know that you had a memorable day with us. Backwater cruise is a delightful way to take a break from the busy urban life. Apart from sailing through a serene setting, we see to it that travelers enjoy a delicious meal and a luxurious living experience in our traditional cruise boats. Chef Martin is...

Ferndown, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 February 2017

When we saw the boat we wondered who would be sharing the experience with us - but we were the sole occupants of a magnificent floating hotel. The crew were attentive, the food was superb, served attentively and in large quantities and the cruising was an unforgettable experience as Kerala drifted slowly past. Watching flocks of birds coming into roost...

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GM_Xandari, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review

"Hi Peter! Drifting through the peaceful backwaters of Kerala brings all your thoughts to a standstill, doesn’t it? This is the kind of experience we aspire to share with our travelers and we are glad to know that you enjoyed the Xandari Riverscapes cruise! Vembanad is a usual stopover for migratory birds and we hope you were able to catch...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 February 2017

An average experience. Unfortunately, the trip did not offer exceptional value. The quality of the boat was average, the room too small for two people and their luggage and the washroom with a filthy smell. Lacking language skills made this a monotone experience. The cook tried its best to prepare decent food. After an uncomfortable night, we were glad that...

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GM_Xandari, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review

"Hi there! Xandarians are deeply saddened to know that you couldn’t have a good time on our cruise. All our boats are of high standards with spacious washrooms and adequate space for holding the luggage. All boats are also pre-checked for readiness prior to the check in by travelers. Our fellow Xandarians are professionally trained and have received a multitude...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 February 2017

Drifting through the backwaters of Allappuzha was yet another absolute highlight of our trip through Kerala. Our crew Bibin, Sasi and Jimi the chef took care of our every need - food was plentiful and delicious and the standard of the accommodation was excellent and aesthetic. The bird life was in abundance and a bird book provided on board -...

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GM_Xandari, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review

Hi there! Seems like you had a leisurely and informative trip drifting through the great backwaters of Alleppey! Thank you for sharing your journey through the beautiful water network. Bibin, Sasi and Jimi are so happy to hear from your thoughts, that they made your holiday memorable! The facilities and services on board are designed to complement the fabulous views...

Derby, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

We were shown on to our boat Moozhiyar by the crew.The captain,the Chef and the galley hand.From start to finish the trip could not have been more spectacular.The 3 guys really were top quality.The food was amazing so tasty and the lads couldnt do enough for us.We saw such beautiful scenery along the way.We changed to a smaller boat for...

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GM_Xandari, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review

Hello Wendy! Backwaters are one of the striking attractions in Kerala and we agree that cruising through the serene water channel is one of a kind experience! It’s great to know that our enthusiastic team of 3 made your holiday memorable and enriching – our fellow Xandarians surprise us every day with their immense dedication and warm hospitality. The life...

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Xandari Riverscapes Life on the backwaters has a different set of rules. First, since there are no roads we depend on canals, rivers and lakes for our travel routes. Most families have a boat of their own. Children often learn to swim at least as early as they learn to walk-you are likely to see kids splashing in the local equivalent of a playground. Their school buses float, as do the postal vessels delivering to homes here. Even the supermarket floats!River Escapes provides an experience of the backwaters of Kerala in a vessel whose history harkens back to the ancient rice trade of this region while also providing modern comforts. These vessels are designed to balance authenticity and innovation. They are engineered to balance comfort and environmental responsibility - we pioneered the technology now considered the gold standard of emissions reduction. Most importantly they are staffed by members of the local community who are proud to showcase their corner of God's Own Country to visitors.A unique set of waterways in our state's central region allows us to showcase three districts that represent the "rice bowl" of Kerala - all by boat. We started operating our houseboats in 2006 and are now the respected leader on the backwaters in terms of environmental responsibility, commitment to the communities where we bring visitors and in terms of guest satisfaction. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Xandari Riverscapes

Address: A.C. Road | Near Pallathurathy Bridge, Alappuzha 688003, India (Formerly River Escapes)
Region: India > Kerala > Alappuzha District > Alappuzha
Price Range: RM1,308 - RM3,477 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Xandari Riverscapes 3*
Number of rooms: 23
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“This is a boat so rooms a not very large but not very small either.”
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“We had a 3 bedroomed boat for 2 couples so had more than enough 'living' space. Do not know how a 2 bedroomed boat would compare.”
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