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Surrey
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49 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

I thought I might get fidgety just drifting down the river watching the world go by but it was so relaxing. The crew were so friendly and solicitous. I could not believe how they produced such wonderful food in a cramped space. All the meals were excellent. The boat was clean and the bedroom small but the bed was very... More 

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RM_Xandari, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review

Hello there! Thank you for sharing your thoughts. You titled it right; Xandari Riverscapes is about experiencing the 'Serenity on the river'. Our Community members are glad that you enjoyed every moment you had with us. Our Chef is delighted to bring you the best of culinary delights; the real essence of Alleppey is incomplete with out the local delicacies.... More 

Vancouver, Canada
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63 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016

The service, the food, the houseboat, the scenery...all of it was top notch! Our overnight stay aboard a Xandari houseboat was such an amazing experience. So peaceful and beautiful. You should really indulge yourself in the tranquility aboard one of their lovely houseboats. Xandari is also follows environmental guidelines and does its best with green initiatives (ie/ no plastic water... More 

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RM_Xandari, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review

Thank you, Keri, for sharing your experience. Indeed you perfectly indulged in the true essence Xandari Riverscapes offer at the backwaters. Happy travels! See you soon. More 

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28 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

If you want to escape the rat race, be free of internet, t.v & general distractions in life.... then do a river cruise!!! We were recommended Xandari by a friend. We spent 3 days/nights on this lovely boat. It was a lovely experience for my husband & I, just the 2 of us & 3 staff. The room was well... More 

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RM_Xandari, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review

Hello Sandra! We’re thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the authentic backwaters experience with Riverscapes. Thank you, for sharing your thoughts here on Trip Advisor. Xandari Community absolutely understands our traveller and bring them the best experience. See you on board soon. Happy travels to you! More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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62 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

We picked Xandari given their very high TripAdvisor ratings. We wanted a 3 room houseboat for 1 night with an upper deck and it took several email exchanges to get Xandari to confirm we would get this. The boat arrived on the appointed day and we set off. The rooms are very nice and the upper deck is a plus... More 

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RM_Xandari, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review

Hello there! Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Yes, Xandarians bring great experience for our travellers. Our Chef is delighted to bring you the best of culinary delights that you love to savor. The boat ride you had is a one-of-a-kind experience- the essence of Alleppey, the Venice of the East. The simplicity of life at the backwaters. Happy to... More 

Perth, Australia
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

We were so fortunate to have Xandari Riverscapes on our holiday schedule. The cruise on the Houseboat was fantastic. We saw the backwaters and had an enjoyable 20 or so hours on board. The crew were great and the food was excellent. They even did a superb job of cooking seafood we purchased on the way. Great company and exceptional... More 

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RM_Xandari, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review

Hello Gary! Thank you, for sharing your thoughts on the Xandari experience at the backwaters, we're so happy to hear that you enjoyed with us. The only thing you need to do when you cruise with us is to enjoy the beauty of the backwaters and rest it’s our delight to bring you the best. We love to host you... More 

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5 hotel reviews
Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

First of all I would like to thanks Mr. Sunil J. as because of him only we got a chance to have such a beautiful experience. All the 3 crew members were helpful n cheerful. Special thanks to chef Rakesh who made tasty dishes for us n Shibu who was driving the boat. We had amazing experienced & enjoyed each... More 

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RM_Xandari, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review

Hello Pooja, we're glad you enjoyed the authentic backwater cruise that portrays the true, Venice of the east. Thank you for remembering our Community members, it's a kind thought. We would love you host you more of such; see you on-board again. Happy travels!   More 

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72 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

This was a very different experience, staying in a house boat. We were 6 of us and it was our own house boat. With 3 staff to help! Food made on board and served in proper Kerala style was great. House boat itself was well maintained with air conditioned rooms. The bathrooms needs an updating. We found cockroaches in the... More 

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RM_Xandari, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review

Hello there! We are extremely happy to have your thoughts. Our endeavor is to bring travelers a homely feel at our boat while enjoying the simplicity of the life at the backwaters. Xandarians are dedicated to bring you that. We are sorry for your sighting insects in the boat, it was so unfortunate, that we periodically carry out pest control... More 

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 22 September 2016

Wow what an amazing experience Xandari gave us. We chose Xandari based on reviews that we had read and we have were certainly not disappointed with what we got, only thing I'd change is I would do 2 nights instead of 1. The 3 members of staff on our boat couldn't do enough to please, the food was superb and... More 

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RM_Xandari, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review

Hello there! Thank you for sharing your thoughts. We’re glad you experienced the real essence of Alleppey, the backwaters at Xandari Riverscapes. Our Community members are our gems! Sure, for your next visit, you should do two nights over one :) And we know you would just love what we have kept for you at Xandari Harbour, Xandari Pearl, you... More 

Cheras, Malaysia
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

I have been places but this is the most beautiful place and experience I have been on. My mother wanted to do this cruise and my tour agent picked Xandari. We had the time of our life's. We had amazing crew members, ajeet,Mano and jo (sorry if the spelling is wrong). They made us feel home at the backwaters. Mouth... More 

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RM_Xandari, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review

Xandarians are happy that we carried you away from all your expectations; we bring our travellers the experience of the local community and the best of Alleppey- the simplicity of life at the backwaters. Thank you, for sharing your thoughts, we wait to host you again.. More 

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Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

On our road trip through Kerala, we stayed for a night in a houseboat on the backwaters of Alleppey. Amazing, out of this world experience with a chef, pilot and captain onboard our houseboat. At night the boat was docked beside a rice field with delicious food served by our chef. The whole atmosphere was that of pristine beauty and... More 

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RM_Xandari, Manager at Xandari Riverscapes, responded to this review

Hello there! Thank you, for sharing your thoughts on the Xandari experience at the backwaters. Yes, you said right; our Chef and Community members are our gems. We’re glad you experienced the real essence of Xandari Riverscapes. And absolutely, we are sure you would just love what we have kept for you by the harbour at Xandari Harbour, on the... More 

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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
Price Range: $783 - $1,424 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Xandari Riverscapes 3*
Number of rooms: 23
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“Don't miss the ayurvedic massages. Also, don't forget your allergies medication if you are prone to allergies.”
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 of 5 bubbles 558vidd, 9 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Pick the boat with the upper deck.”
 of 5 bubbles JLNBLR, 15 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Go for Kerala Sadya, the fish fry was out of the world!”
 of 5 bubbles TravelBugSagar, 8 Aug 2016 | Read review
“spend as much time as possible on deck to take in the sights”
 of 5 bubbles MarazionJag, 15 May 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a boat with an upper deck”
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