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Backwater Houseboat and Fort Kochi Tour from Cochin Port

4.7 / 5

31 reviews

Backwater Houseboat and Fort Kochi Tour from Cochin Port

From US$ 85 per person

Explore the backwaters of Kerala by houseboat on a group tour specially designed for cruise ship passengers from Cochin Port. Enjoy lunch aboard the boat in Alappuzha, and then visit Fort Kochi to see the famous Chinese fishing nets.

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Duration 7 hours
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Pickup optional
At the Cruise Terminal or hotels in Cochin
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  • Cruise the backwaters of Kerala by houseboat
  • Feast on a Keralan lunch aboard your boat
  • Admire the traditional wooden houseboats of the Aleppey/Alappuzha
  • Drift past paddy fields and coconut palms
  • Discover the lush region of Alappuzha ("Alleppey")
  • See the famous Chinese fishing nets of Fort Kochi
Full description
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.
  • Pick-up and drop off at Cochin Port
  • Buffet lunch
  • Bottled water
  • Driver/guide
  • River cruise
  • Transportation by air-conditioned coach
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities (recommended)
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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Meeting point

Cochin Port Ships Pier/Berth, Willingdon Island, Kochi, Kerala 682003, India. Your guide will be waiting for you holding a Get Your Guide sign and a blue umbrella.

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Know before you go

  • Please note that this tour is only for cruise ship passengers
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • Please provide the name of your cruise ship on booking
  • A small amount of walking is involved
  • The tour operates in all weather conditions. Please dress appropriately.
  • This tour is only possible if your cruise ship departs at 4:30 PM or later
  • At ship pier/berth your guide will be waiting for you holding a "Carnival" sign with a blue umbrella
  • Tour departure is 30-45 minutes after ship's arrival
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 31 reviews

Review summary

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The trip by bus to the backwaters was very interesting, we saw a lot of the city. The guide organized everything very well and explained us everything well. Very impressive trip with a lovely guide with very good English. The lunch together on the houseboat was great and tasted fine. Great experience, thanks.

February 27, 2020

Excellent Tour!

Prior to the tour, communication with Carnival Tours was fantastic. Our cruise ship changed docking times and this was accommodated by the company without any difficulty. We were met by our guide at the cruise terminal and shown to our small group minibus. Our guide was friendly and very informative. The tour was an amazing opportunity to see local culture both on the journey to the backwaters and onboard the houseboat. The backwaters are beautiful and picturesque. The typical Keralan meal was delicious and plentiful. Due to change of times of our ship we didn’t get off the bus at Fort Kochi but still got to have a quick look at the Chinese fishing nets. Also did a quick souvenir stop. Overall an amazing experience and would highly recommend.

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May 8, 2019

Recommended for cruise shore excursions.

As it was a tour run by a major local travel agency, it was safe. A large number of staff are waiting at the port according to the arrival time of the ship, so you can get on the bus without any hesitation. There is no anxiety during the tour because it seems that the schedule is adjusted according to the departure time on the return. It is much cheaper than the Shore Eecursion of the ship, and it runs in small groups, so there is less stress. This tour includes a visit to the Chinese fishing net, but when you return from the backwater it is an evening so you will only see the fliers from the bus because you are not fishing. Instead, stop by a souvenir shop that is not on the schedule. Remember that Chinese fishing nets have a shutter chance only from the cruise ship when entering or leaving the port.

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April 27, 2019

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