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From Kochi: 2-Day Alappuzha Backwaters Houseboat Cruise

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Activity provider: Carnival Tours Kochi

From Kochi: 2-Day Alappuzha Backwaters Houseboat Cruise

Activity provider: Carnival Tours Kochi

From US$ 175 per person

Experience an overnight stay on a deluxe houseboat on this private 2-day tour from Kochi. Admire the beautiful scenery of paddy fields and coconut palm as you cruise along the backwaters of Alappuzha, an area known as the “Venice of the East”.

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Duration 2 days
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  • Discover the backwaters of Alappuzha, known as the "Venice of the East"
  • Admire the scenery of the backwaters and villages of Alappuzha
  • Cruise past paddy fields and coconut palm
  • Experience an overnight stay on a deluxe houseboat
  • Enjoy delicious Kerala cuisine on board the houseboat
Full description
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.
  • Pickup and drop-off at Cochin Port or any hotel in Fort Cochin, Mattancherry, Willingdon Island, Kundanoor, Edappally, Bolghatty, NH 47, or within the MG Road area
  • Air-conditioned vehicle for transfers between Kochi and Alappuzha
  • Standard cruise of 5 hours
  • All meals served on board (set menu lunch, dinner, and breakfast)
  • Overnight stay in deluxe category houseboat
  • Air-conditioning in bedrooms provided from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM
  • Beverages
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Know before you go

  • Please note there will not be a tour guide for the houseboat cruise. The driver will pick you from the meeting point and will take you to the houseboat boarding point. The next day, the driver will transfer you back to your hotel. On the houseboat there will be 3 staff members that will be available to look after you. A tour guide is not necessary because you mainly watch and enjoy the backwaters and village area of Alappuzha.
  • The interior photos provided include one of the houseboats used. It cannot be guaranteed that you will get the same boat as displayed but the local supplier will make sure a boat of the same standard will be provided for you.
  • The houseboat used is a deluxe air-conditioned houseboat with 2 persons sharing 1 bedroom, or 4 persons sharing 2 bedrooms. For parties with odd numbers of guests, an extra mattress can be provided to allow 3 guests to share one bedroom, where necessary.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 20 reviews

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The moment I stepped into the boat, I could feel my heart rate slow down. It was the most peaceful experience I’ve had. I had the boat all to myself with three staff - a driver, a server and a cook. I was a woman, traveling alone from the US and I felt safe and protected. The food was amazing and the crew wonderful. I would highly recommend this trip down the serene backwaters of Alleppey.

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September 22, 2022

Must do activity

This is a must do activity when in Kerala without a doubt. The day started with ourselves (2) collected from our hotel promptly and transferred to the boat which was about 1.5 hours from Fort Kochi. We arrived and were greeted and undertook some paperwork, the only thing we were not told about is they need your passports and did not have them with us but it proved not to be a major issue. We then were transferred to our boat with 3 staff and a boat to ourselves. The staff during the overnight trip were fantastic and looked after us very well, also the food was good and we cannot praise the whole operation enough. DONT THINK ABOUT IT, DO IT.

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November 24, 2018

A Fantastic Experience!!

From start to finish, it was a wonderful experience. The staff were extremely helpful and courteous, the looked after our every need. Everything was organised extremely well, especially timing, being picked up on time, being left at the resort from the boat was super. Nothing was a problem. A wonderful experience. Thank you.

April 24, 2013

Product ID: 29306