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Alleppey / Alappuzha Backwater Canoe (Shikara) Cruise

1. Alleppey / Alappuzha Backwater Canoe (Shikara) Cruise

Alleppey also called " Venice of the East" is an important tourist destination in India. The Backwaters of Alleppey are the most popular tourist attraction in Kerala. A houseboat cruise in these backwaters is a delightful experience. Alappuzha is a landmark between the broad Arabian sea and a web of rivers flowing into it. It is a town in Alappuzha District of Kerala state of southern India. In the early first decade of the 20th century the then Viceroy of the Indian Empire, Lord Curzon made a visit in the State to Alleppey, now Alappuzha. Fascinated by the scenic beauty of the place, in joy and amazement, he said, here nature has spent up on the land her richest bounties. In his exhilaration, he exclaimed, Alleppey, the Venice of the East. Itinerary : Pick-from Cochin Port or your hotel is at 9.00 am before the transfer to Aleppey (approximately 1.30 hours) to board the boat at 10:30 am. The boat will cruise slowly through the backwaters and village area of Aleppey with the main attraction during the cruise being the view of backwaters, paddy fields, coconut palms, and the villager's daily life. The cruise will finish around 1.30 pm and you get back to Cochin Port between 3.00 and 3.15 pm. 

From Kochi: 1 Night Alappuzha Backwaters Houseboat Cruise

2. From Kochi: 1 Night Alappuzha Backwaters Houseboat Cruise

Alappuzha, also known as the "Venice of the East", is an important tourist destination in India and the backwaters of Alappuzha are the most popular tourist attraction in Kerala. A houseboat cruise on these backwaters is a delightful experience. Alappuzha is a landmark between the broad Arabian Sea and the web of rivers flowing into it. It is a town in the Alappuzha District in the southern Indian state of Kerala. Lord Curzon, the Viceroy of the Indian Empire, made a visit to Alappuzha in the early 20th century. Fascinated by the scenic beauty of the place he said “here nature has spent up on the land her richest bounties”. Detailed itinerary: Day 1: After the pick-up from Cochin Port or at your hotel at 10:15, you will transfer to Alappuzha to board the houseboat around 12:00. Once aboard the houseboat you will slowly cruise through the backwaters and village area of Alappuzha, passing paddy fields and coconut palm. Main meals will be served on board before staying overnight on the houseboat. Day 2: The cruise will finish around 9:00. You will then transfer back to Cochin Port or your hotel, arriving by 11:00.

Backwater Houseboat and Fort Kochi Tour from Cochin Port

3. Backwater Houseboat and Fort Kochi Tour from Cochin Port

Benefit from pickup at the cruise ship docks at Cochin Port, and journey on the road to board a houseboat on the backwaters of Kerala (approx 1 hour and 45 minutes). Cruise slowly through the hidden backwaters of Alappuzha (also known as "Alleppey"), considered the hub of the state's backwaters and home to a vast network of waterways and boats. Venture through village areas and the landscape of the Laccadive Sea to marvel at the lush vegetation, paddy fields, coconut palms, and much more. There will be 3 staff members along with your guide to look after you and make sure your experience is as relaxed as possible. Enjoy a lunch of Keralan cuisine as you gently navigate the waterways, which includes rice, vegetable dishes, fish, chicken, and more. End your houseboat cruise and later journey to the serene Fort Kochi area. Marvel at the Cheena vala (Chinese fishing nets (Only for Morning Tour)) in the Arabian Sea, and see other attractions of the region. Then, benefit from drop-off back at your cruise ship in Cochin Port.

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Cochin: Alleppey Backwater Private Day Cruise by Houseboat

5. Cochin: Alleppey Backwater Private Day Cruise by Houseboat

Explore the famous Kerala backwaters of Alleppey on board a traditional houseboat. Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha, is located between the Arabian Sea and a web of rivers flowing into it. In the early 20th century, the then Viceroy of the Indian Empire, Lord Curzon was so mesmerized by the scenic beauty he declared that Alleppey was “The Venice of the East.” Following a pickup from Cochin Cruise Port or from Cochin Hotels, transfer to Aleppey to board your houseboat. Cruise slowly through the backwaters and village areas to marvel at the lush vegetation, paddy fields, coconut palms, and more. There’s no guide on board but there will be 3 staff members to look after you and make sure your experience is as relaxed as you could wish for. Enjoy a lunch of Keralan cusine as you gently cruise, before later transferring back to Cochin Port or your hotel.

Alleppey Shikara boat ride

6. Alleppey Shikara boat ride

WhatsApp/Contact:+91 9074483655 As you embark on the Alleppey Shikara ride, you'll first be greeted by the serene backwaters of Kerala, surrounded by lush greenery and traditional houseboats. The journey begins with the gentle swaying of the Shikara, creating a soothing rhythm. As you glide through the narrow canals, you'll witness local life unfold along the waterways – fishermen casting their nets, women washing clothes, and children playing by the banks. The vibrant colors of the houses and the vibrant flora create a picturesque backdrop. Your Shikara will navigate through pristine lakes like Vembanad, offering panoramic views of the vast expanse of water. The boatman might share tales of the region's history and cultural significance, adding a touch of local flavor to your experience. Midway through the ride, you'll have the opportunity to explore a traditional village. Stepping onto the shores, you'll witness the unique charm of rural life, interact with locals, and perhaps even try your hand at some traditional activities like coir weaving or toddy tapping. As the Shikara continues its journey, the golden hues of the setting sun will cast a magical glow on the surroundings, creating a captivating atmosphere. You can savor the moment, taking in the tranquility and beauty of the backwaters. Towards the end of the ride, you might have the chance to enjoy a traditional Kerala meal served on board. The aroma of freshly prepared local delicacies will tantalize your taste buds as you relish the unique flavors of the region. As you disembark, the memories of this enchanting Alleppey Shikara ride will linger – a perfect blend of nature, culture, and culinary delights, creating an unforgettable experience in the heart of Kerala's backwaters.

From Kochi Port: Backwater Canoe and Fort Kochi Tour

7. From Kochi Port: Backwater Canoe and Fort Kochi Tour

Marvel at the breathtaking scenery of the Allepey region from the comfort of a traditional riverboat on this shore excursion. After getting picked up from the cruise ship docks at Kochi Port, begin the 1.5-hour journey to Alleppey where you will board your Shikara (motorized canoe). Then, begin your journey, cruising slowly through the vast network of backwaters.  Discover for yourself why Alleppey has often been described as the Venice of the East. Venture through village areas and the landscape of the Alappuzha to marvel at lush vegetation, paddy fields, coconut palms, and much more.  Once back on dry land, sit down to a delicious vegetarian lunch which showcases the best of Keralan cuisine before journeying to the serene Fort Kochi area. Marvel at the Cheena Vala (Chinese fishing nets) in the Arabian Sea, and see other attractions of the region. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back at the port in time for your cruise ship departure. Choose to depart in the morning or afternoon. The morning departure option includes lunch and the afternoon departure option includes snacks with tea or coffee (lunch is not included in this option).

Private Day Tour - Alleppey, Cochin with Backwater & Beach

8. Private Day Tour - Alleppey, Cochin with Backwater & Beach

8:00 AM: You will be picked up on time from Cochin Airport, Railway Station, or Hotel to start your day. Take a scenic drive through the busy streets of Cochin and take in the city's famous sites and lively atmosphere. 10:00 AM: When you get to Alleppey, you'll get on a traditional Shikara boat for a three-hour cruise through the beautiful backwaters. As you glide through narrow canals full of lush plants, you can watch the daily rhythms of life along the waterways. Countryside in an authentic place, you can enjoy a delicious lunch of authentic Kerala food while taking in the peaceful surroundings. 2:00 PM: Leave the backwaters and head to Marari Beach, which has beautiful, clean water. As you take in the beautiful seaside atmosphere, feel the soft, golden sands under your feet. Marari Beach is a great place to unwind after a busy day. You can relax under the moving palm trees or cool off in the clear blue water. 4:00 PM: Head back to Cochin as the sun goes down to see the famous Fort Kochi. Walk along cobblestone streets lined with colonial-era buildings and be amazed by architectural marvels like the famous Chinese fishing nets, St. Francis Church, and Mattancherry Palace. Learn about the area's rich history by reading about trade, conquest, and culture exchange. 6:00 PM: Kathakali is a traditional dance style from Kerala that will mesmerize you at the end of your day of exploring. View skilled performers wearing fancy clothes and makeup as they use emotional body language to tell old stories on stage. 7:30 PM: We'll drop you off at Cochin Airport, Railway Station, or Hotel after a day of learning about and experiencing other cultures. There, you can think back on your memorable time in this memorable. This trip has been carefully planned so that you can get to know the real Kerala. Every moment will be a fun celebration of culture, tradition, and natural beauty.

From Cochin: 8 Day Kerala Tour Package with Houseboat Stay

9. From Cochin: 8 Day Kerala Tour Package with Houseboat Stay

Day 1: Arrival in Cochin Arrive in Cochin airport or at the railway station before heading to your accommodation. Freshen up, enjoy a bite to eat before leaving for your sightseeing adventure. Travel across the Cochin Harbor where you will visit attractions like the Chinese fishing nets, the Dutch Palace, and India's oldest European Church, St. Francis Church. After enjoying the sightseeing, you will return to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. Day 2: Cochin - Munnar Eat a delicious breakfast and hit the road en route to Munnar. Whilst on the way you will get to enjoy the fantastic view of the lush tea plantations and Cardamom Hills. Finally, reach Munnar and check in at the resort. After lunch, move out of your room to trek around the tea estates. Arrive at your hotel and enjoy a tasty dinner as the sun goes down. Spend the night in Munnar. Day 3: Munnar Sightseeing Tour Start your day with a trek to Letchmi Hills. After lunch, your guided tour will continue exploring Old Munnar Town and the market. Finally, have an overnight stay at the hotel. Day 4: Munnar - Thekkady The 4th day of this Kerala tour simultaneously gives you a dose of thrill and fun. After breakfast, hit the road to reach Periyar wildlife sanctuary. Once you arrive there, check in to a jungle lodge or resort. Enjoy the surrounding lush nature for a while. Finish lunch and embark on a boat safari on the Periyar Lake in the park. While boat riding, you will spot several wildlife species such as deer, elephants, monkeys, wild boar, and various avifauna species. Travel back to the lodge/resort for an overnight stay. Day 5: Thekkady - Kumarakom Post breakfast on the 5th day; begin your road journey for Kumarakom. Enjoy sights of picturesque locations on the way. On arrival, check into a hotel alongside Vembanad Lake. Enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds the lake and in the evening, venture out of your room and stroll around the lake or the nearby locations. If you want, you can also indulge in a boat ride. After enjoying the day, you will return to your hotel to stay overnight. Day 6: Kumarakom to Alleppey Be transported by road to Alleppey after breakfast. Once you reach Alleppey, go on board a houseboat and treat your eyes to the blissful nature around. During your journey you will cruise along the calm nearby villages and paddy fields. Observe the mesmerizing sunset and spend the evening on a houseboat. Day 7: Alleppey - Cochin Enjoy breakfast and disembark from your houseboat as you reach Cochin. Check-in to your accommodation once you arrive. Visit the famous markets of Cochin on your second time in the city. Shop for some unique handicrafts and silk clothes before spending the evening at your own leisure. Day 8: Departure Finish your 8 day adventure with a transfer to the Cochin Airport or the railway station.

Kerala Backwater Village Kayaking Tour (Full Day) (Nedumudy)

10. Kerala Backwater Village Kayaking Tour (Full Day) (Nedumudy)

Get ready to embark on a serene and immersive journey through the enchanting backwater villages of Nedumudy, Alleppey. This is not just a tour; it’s a unique opportunity to paddle through the heart of Kerala’s iconic backwaters, delving deep into the authentic culture, traditions, and natural beauty of this breathtaking region. As you navigate your kayak through the narrow canals that crisscross the backwater villages, you’ll be transported to a world where time seems to slow down. Witnessing the daily life and culture of the local villagers, you’ll gain insights into their close-knit communities, age-old traditions, and the rhythms of life along the waterways. The backwaters are not just about people; they’re also home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. Keep an eye out for the lush greenery, waterfowl, and unique aquatic life that call this delicate ecosystem home. The peace and tranquility of the backwaters provide a serene backdrop for your journey, making it an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. The tour concludes with a tantalizing local seafood lunch, allowing you to savor the rich flavors of Kerala’s culinary heritage. For those seeking an extra dose of local culture, an optional visit to a toddy shop is available, where you can sample the local palm wine and observe its traditional production. Join us on the Kerala Backwater Village Kayaking Tour for an adventure that captures the essence of the backwater villages, offering an unforgettable blend of nature, culture, and gastronomy. It’s a journey that promises to immerse you in the heart of Kerala’s backwater charm. Additional Note:- "Please be aware that natural elements are beyond our control. Occasionally, floating water plants may obstruct kayaking routes, rendering certain canals impassable. In such instances, we will guide you along an alternative route. If no alternative is available, we may need to backtrack along the same path. At times, a short walk by the canals may be necessary, during which the guide will manage the equipment. Your understanding of these occasional adjustments is appreciated as they are integral to the adventurous experience." "In case the kayaking conditions become challenging due to the weather, our guide will arrange a motor boat for your convenience, subject to additional charges. Hence it is recommended to choose cooler hours" "We engage local guides who possess in-depth knowledge of the region. Nonetheless, new guides may initially exhibit shyness or uncertainty about your level of curiosity. Therefore, don't hesitate to initiate conversation and ask questions to break the ice, fostering a more comfortable and interactive atmosphere between you and the guide."

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4.8
(73 reviews)

These guys really were amazing tourguides. Everythibg was organized very well. They knew a lot about the backwaters (animals, plants and people) and had a nice way of charing their knowledge. They brought delicious and plenty of snacks on the way. Also they organised a great lunch at a local restaurant during the tour. When the way was blocked by swimming green plants, they had an alternative right at hand. It can get really hot on the water so everyone should especially care about sun protection :D

I would highly recommend this trip,it offers some tranquility from the chaos that is India. The houseboat was comfortable and offered the perfect way to see life on the backwaters.

Very good and friendly guide. The driver even picked us up from the hotel. We can recommend the tour at any time.

The trip was fantastic, highly recommended. Maybe it’s better in two to split the expenses of Taxi and Boat.

Good Equipment, friendly guides. We got lots of information and had a pleasant and relaxing Tour.