Facilities and Services

Minar de Lake stands for ‘the palace on Vembanad Lake’. We take every care to treat our guests the way that befits royalty. Our on-board facilities and services stand a class apart in making your experience more personal and meaningful. We take immense pride in constantly improving upon our own high standards of service and customer delight.

Reception and Airport/Railway Station transfer

We are happy to receive you the moment you set foot in Kerala. Our personnel shall meet you at the airport/railway station and accompany you to our guest lounge and boarding point along the backwaters in air-conditioned cabs.

Nearest Airport Nearest Railway Station Nearest Bus Stand
Cochin- ‘COK’
(85km¦53 miles)Thiruvananthapuram- ‘TRV’ (152km ¦94 miles)
Alleppey – ‘ALLP’
(7km ¦ 4.3 miles)
(2km ¦1.2 miles)

Lounge and Boarding Facility

Attached to our office we have a lounge and boarding facility facing the beautiful backwaters of Alleppey. The Minar de Lake Management team spends some time here with our guests before taking you on a tour of the houseboat and familiarising you with the facilities on the boat. If you have travelled in a private vehicle to our boarding point, our facility also has a large parking area that is guarded 24 x 7 by security personnel.

On-board facilities

Minar de Lake houseboats provide a luxurious experience for our guests and we take care to ensure that you have a good time with us. The interior facilities on the boat are akin to leading star hotel rooms.

  • Comfortable AC rooms
  • Hygienic Bio-Toilets and Shower
  • 24 hour electricity and clean water
  • Colour Television and Cable connection
  • DVD Player
  • Board games and books (Upon prior- request)
  • Internet connection (Upon prior-request)
  • On-call crew who speak English, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam

The Royal Feast

Our team of expert chefs ensure that you experience the true cuisine of Kerala with a variety of dishes.

  • Welcome Drinks – Tender Coconut or Fruit Juice
  • Kerala style Lunch (Sadhya) with Fresh Fish dish (for guests with Non-vegetarian preference)
  • Special Kerala Tea/Coffee with Savoury dish
  • Dinner – North Indian dishes with Bread (Roti) and South Indian dishes with rice
  • Traditional Kerala Breakfast

Safety and Security Arrangements

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The houseboats are very safe and maintained to perfect condition. Our boats have been on the lake for a record 300+ days in a year due to their fitness. We have also taken care of your safety and security on the boats so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy the cruise.

  • Life-buoys
  • Life-jackets
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • First Aid Kit
  • Medical Assistance on call
  • Crew well-trained to handle medical emergencies
  • Mosquito and Insect Protection

Entertainment Shows

Upon prior request from our guests, we arrange live performances of traditional art forms – music and dance on the boat for your evening entertainment.

  • Kathakali
  • Mohiniyattam
  • Bharatnatyam
  • Chakyarkoothu
  • Classical Music
  • Traditional Folk Music
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