Destination of Choice: India
The trip was relaxing and enjoyable, the way we wanted it to be. The driver was responsible, and the car (a Toyota Innova) was well-maintained and roomy for both of us.
The highlight for us was the Houseboat. Excellent service, and we observed our boat to be newer and better maintained than the other boats we saw on the river. We most appreciated the fact that the houseboat anchored in the middle of a lake for the night, which made our night very peaceful and quiet, unlike most of the other boats that anchored along the riverbanks (including near some noisy bars).
We were very glad that we brought along our binoculars and zoom lens for the houseboat cruise as the bird-watching was fantastic.
The resorts in Munnar and Kumarakom , while not quite of international resort standard (in terms of erratic hot water, some power cuts), were nevertheless very good by local standards and the service standards were also very good. The hotel in Kumarakom was on an island and reached by boat only.