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Cochin: Alleppey Backwater Private Day Cruise by Houseboat

Cochin: Alleppey Backwater Private Day Cruise by Houseboat

From £169.48 per group up to 2

Cruise the backwaters of Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha, on a 6-hour tour from your Cochin hotel or the port, and discover the famous inland waterways of Kerala on board a traditional houseboat. See traditional villages, backwater boats, and more.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 7 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Hotels in Cochin or from Cochin Port.
Private group


  • Cruise the backwaters of Kerala
  • Discover the lush Alleppey region of India
  • Marvel at the traditional wooden houseboats
  • Drift past paddy fields and coconut palms
  • Feast on a Keralan lunch on board your boat
Full description
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.
  • Pick-up and drop off at Cochin Port (Ships Berth) or from your hotel in Cochin
  • Standard or deluxe houseboat (depending on option chosen)
  • Transfers by air-conditioned vehicle
  • 2.5-hour backwater cruise
  • Lunch on board
  • 1 bottle of drinking water per person
  • All taxes
  • Porterage
  • Tips
  • Insurance
  • Liquors and wine
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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  • Please note that for the houseboat cruise there won't be a guide, although there will be 3 members of staff on board to look after you
  • For the pick-up, drivers will be holding a sign with your name on it for ease of identification
  •  Cancellations made more than 30 days before the tour will receive a full refund. For cancellations made from 16-30 days before the tour, a 50% refund will be paid. Cancellations made 15 days or less before the tour pay the full price
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 4 reviews

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Exceptional experience from beginning to end. All staff were extremely professional, friendly, and organized. Our vehicle was immaculate and the driver was on time and on schedule. He was also very knowledgeable. The boat was also very nice and the crew were very friendly and the service was incredible. The food delicious!!! I highly recommend this experience!

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16 December 2018

Wonderful crew...great food...beautiful scenary

28 January 2019

Biju our guide was great and it was a great day out

Would definitely recommend this private tour We had the houseboat to ourselves and our driver took us to lots of extra places

18 June 2017

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