1. India
  2. Kerala
  3. Kochi
  4. Vembanad Lake

Kerala: Private Houseboat Backwaters Day Cruise from Kochi

Product ID: 287160
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Experience the picturesque backwaters of Alleppey on an authentic private houseboat cruise with hotel transfer from Kochi. Learn about the culture and customs of local life as you glide across the rural waterways of Kerala.
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Embark on the backwater cruise in the iconic Kerala Houseboat
  • Witness the local village life along the banks of backwaters
  • Enjoy authentic Indian cuisine served on the houseboat
  • Immerse yourself into the peacefulness of the “Venice of the East"
Full description
Get picked up from your accommodation in Kochi by a private air-conditioned car. Drive along a scenic route into the verdant heart of Southern India for approximately 1.5 hours. Board your luxury houseboat at Alleppey Jetty and enjoy a tender coconut welcome drink as the crew gets ready for the cruise. The friendly staff onboard the houseboat will be happy to assist you.

As you cruise, see the people working in paddy fields and fishing villages using centuries-old techniques and wave at locals gliding past in wooden canoes. This leisurely cruise takes you along the backwaters of Lake Vembanad, and you will pass through villages around Kottayam, Alleppey, and Kumarakom.

The interiors of the houseboat are designed with traditional Keralan elements, with local art and coir, however, it also has modern amenities such as air-conditioning and television for your comfort. Simply sit back and enjoy a tranquil boat cruise with your loved ones. Birdwatching enthusiasts are recommended to carry binoculars, or simply bring along a book to enjoy as you glide across the waterways.

Enjoy an authentic unlimited Keralan lunch served on a banana leaf and prepared fresh on the houseboat. Try the famous Karimeen fish, native to this area or indulge with local vegetarian preparations.  After lunch, soak up the Indian sunshine on the sun deck and take in the actions along the shore. Savor tea and evening snacks before you check out from the houseboat in the evening and returning to Kochi at around 6:30- 7 PM.
  • Coconut welcome drink
  • Unlimited Kerala (local cuisine lunch) with vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes
  • Local snacks and tea
  • Water
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Guide

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Important information
Know before you go
• This itinerary typically provides 6 hours on the houseboat; in case you have a flight or onward journey booked on the same day, please inform the crew at the start of your activity, and your activity will accommodate an early finish.
• The photos are for representation of the type of houseboat guests may travel in. Actual interiors and design may vary in each houseboat.
• This tour is wheelchair accessible; wheelchairs can be provided on the houseboat with advanced notice.
• This tour does not require a guide; your driver and the on-board staff speak basic English and can help with your queries; for advanced information, you can request to speak to the local partner on the phone.
• The local lunch served on-board is typical lunch from the region and includes a variety of vegetarian, fish and chicken preparations.
• If you have specific dietary requirements or allergies, please inform the tour operator at the time of booking.
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Product ID: 287160