There are many houseboats in Alleppey, why take Johnsons?
- It is the only Kerala backwaters tour that has a 3 tariff option system.
- The eco house boat is designed such that it can accommodate up to 6 guests in one trip in it's large rooms.
- It’s probably the only houseboat in Kerala that tells you exactly what you’re getting- in terms of running time, food, services, route, etc. and follows it up scrupulously. No cutting corners on Johnson’s ‘Genesis’ Eco Houseboat.
- It is an eco-friendly houseboat. ( see WHAT IS ECO ON JOHNSON’S ECO HOUSEBOAT page) . 8 guests in one trip.The boat has A/C option, it is advisable to use it when there are more people.
- No selling beer on boat to make extra money on the eco-friendly houseboat. No selling anything on boat to make extra money. Buy your own beer and bring it on board. Staff keeps it in cooler. One free beer per person on 1st Option.
- THE 3 TARIFF OPTIONS on his boat includes one free night at Johnson’s guesthouse as well. Perfect for guests arriving a day early to get ready for the Alleppey backwaters tour the next day. So, in effect, it’s two nights for the price of one.
Johnsons take on the flip side of Houseboat Tourism in Kerala
What it does not say on this page is the bad experience you may get on some other houseboats. I debated with myself for a while before deciding to put this on my site. But, let me open up. The houseboat industry in Kerala, India is booming. Domestic tourists, on the fringe as clientale a decade ago, has now overtaken International tourists who hire houseboats in Alleppey. In peak season, there are days, weeks, when tourists come to Alleppey, and return dissapointed that they could not hire houseboats. Unfortunately, with so much business around, the standards of service on houseboats has declined. Unruly drunk staff, bad food served, lack of service are some of the problems. Sexual harrasment (rarely) of women travellers, theft of guest belongings or money are extreme cases. Over pricing of boats, mostly during peak season, and cutting off on running times are the most common complaints.
However, there are many good operators, so please do not allow the above comments to disturb you or think it is a ploy to let the reader hire my boat. Choose well.