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Cochin: Alleppey Backwater Private Day Cruise by Houseboat

1. 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.

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Cochin: Private Heritage and Backwaters Houseboat Tour

2. Cochin: Private Heritage and Backwaters Houseboat Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel in Cochin or Cochin Cruise Port ships berth before beginning a 1.5-hour transfer to Alleppey to board your houseboat. You will then begin your journey, cruising slowly through the backwaters and village areas to marvel at the lush vegetation, paddy fields, coconut palms, and more. There will be 3 staff members to look after you and make sure your experience is as relaxed as you could wish for. Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha, is located between the Arabian Sea and the web of rivers flowing into it. In the early 20th century, the Viceroy of the Indian Empire, Lord Curzon, was so mesmerized by the scenic beauty that he declared that Alleppey was the “Venice of the East.” You can enjoy a lunch of Keralan cuisine on the houseboat, before later transferring to Fort Kochi to visit the famous Chinese nets, St. Francis Church and Dhobi Khana. Your tour will then conclude as you are driven back to your hotel in Cochin, or to the Cochin Port.

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Alleppey / Alappuzha Backwater Canoe (Shikara) Cruise

3. 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. 

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From Kochi: 2-Day Alappuzha Backwaters Houseboat Cruise

4. From Kochi: 2-Day 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.

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Kerala Full-Day Tour from Kochi with Lunch

5. Kerala Full-Day Tour from Kochi with Lunch

Head out from Kochi on a tour of Kerala that will cover many of the must-see sights in this beautiful region of South West India. Start by visiting the first Christian church in India, St. Thomas, home to many important relics. Then continue on to see the Pariyanempatta Bhagavathi Temple and the first mosque in India, followed by a trip to an excavation site. Next up, head to the Shiva Temple and the Guruvayoor Temple. The former is more than 2,000 years old, and the latter is a place where Hindu marriages are regularly performed. Your next stop of the day will be at an elephant sanctuary, home to more than 68 elephants. Then board a country boat for a village backwater tour. This will be followed up by a visit to a fishing harbor and market, a stop at the Mahadeva Temple, and a stroll along Cherai Beach. At some point during the day, you will also get to enjoy a lovely seafood lunch at Vedic Village Resort.

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Backwater Houseboat and Fort Kochi Tour from Cochin Port

6. 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) 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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Same Day Backwater Cruise Of Alleppey from Cochin

7. Same Day Backwater Cruise Of Alleppey from Cochin

You will be picked up from your accommodation  and drive to Alleppey (1.5 hours), also known as Alappuzha. It is located between the Arabian Sea and a web of rivers flowing into it. On arrival at Cochin Port, you will meet the tour representative and drive directly to Alleppey, where he will assist you to embark on your private houseboat for a 3-4 hour cruise through the backwaters and village areas to marvel at the lush vegetation, paddy fields, coconut palms, and more. Enjoy a traditional Kerala lunch (both veg and non veg), evening tea, coffee and snacks. Later, you will disembark at the jetty point and be driven back to your accommodation.                                                                                                                                                                 

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Vembanad Lake: Backwater Cruise & Local Life Tour - 4 hours

8. Vembanad Lake: Backwater Cruise & Local Life Tour - 4 hours

Hop aboard a house boat to cruise through Alleppey, a cluster of little island villages on Vembanad Lake, that is 70-km South of Cochin City. This is a truly unique experience that you will remember for years to come. Your guide will meet you at your hotel or in Cochin Port after your cruise ship arrives, and drive you to Alleppey, where you’ll board a motorboat or house boat. Then you’re on your way to the Backwaters, which are a unique phenomenon on the coastline of Kerala. It is created by a huge body of water called Vembanadu Lake which used to be part of the sea, but is now separated by a narrow strip of land on the Western side. The lake plays a significant role in the lives of the people in 3 major districts in central Kerala. Glimpse back into time at a life style that is over a century old as you relax on this 4-hour cruise. Along the way you will enjoy a delicious lunch that is prepared and served on the house boat. The cruise will also give you the opportunity to snap photos of the wide variety of wildlife including birds and vegetation that inhabit the waters.

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What people are saying about Kerala

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 15 reviews

This company has great communications. The tour guide was on time and I group was on our way. The mini bus to travel to the houseboat was comfortable. Our group of 10 had plenty of room. The houseboat was very interesting. There are 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms on board as they also use this for overnight tours for 4 people. Our group of 10 had seats to watch as we cruised down the canal & lake We were served a nice lunch that all enjoyed. Thanks for a wonderful day.

Punctual guide! We were expected with a sign. He was attentive and attentive. 2 bottles of water were at our disposal. The vehicle was clean and we had an excellent driver Thanks to our guide Tomy for this excellent day.

Enjoyed this houseboat tour. Be prepared for a 2 hour ride each way. Interesting to see the communities. It is a long ride but worth it

Everything worked wonderfully. Excellent guide, spectacular bus transfers in Indian traffic, wonderful boat trip in the backwaters

Excellent, very interesting and a great meal with very good staff and the boat was amazing.