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Kerala Backwaters Cruises from Kochi

Kerala Backwaters Cruises from Kochi

The southern state of Kerala, a relatively new addition to the tourist map, has a network of serene backwater canals that extend more than 550 miles (900 km) and offer a glimpse of an India that’s more relaxed than the India you’ll see in big cities. Here’s what you need to know about cruising Kerala’s backwaters.

Day Cruises The most popular way to experience the serene beauty of the Kerala backwaters is on a day cruise aboard akettuvallam, or traditional houseboat. These vessels have been plying the labyrinthine waters for centuries. Visitors typically board near Alleppey before floating past the coconut- and palm-lined shores and rural fishing villages. The cruise usually includes a traditional South Indian lunch, and you can choose between a private or small-group tour.

Overnight Cruises If you want to experience the backwaters of Kerala like a local, plan to spend at least a night on a houseboat. Overnight cruises allow visitors to travel deeper into the waterways that give the region the nickname “Venice of the East.” Most excursions include lunch and dinner, sometimes by candlelight—a romantic experience perfect for couples. Four- to six-day tours of Kerala often include a night on a houseboat.

Things to Know

  • Day cruises on the Kerala backwaters typically last seven or eight hours.
  • Most tours include roundtrip transportation from hotels in Kochi.
  • Enjoy the intimacy of a private houseboat cruise or the value of a small-group tour.
  • Most cruises depart from Alleppey, about two hours outside Kochi.
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Private Kerala Backwater Houseboat Day Cruise with Lunch from Cochin

Private Kerala Backwater Houseboat Day Cruise with Lunch from Cochin

Cruise the backwaters of Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha, on a 7-hour tour from Fort Kochi and discover the famous inland waterways of Kerala by a traditional houseboat. See traditional villages and backwater boats and more. Alleppey is located between the Arabian Sea and a 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.”
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.00
Price varies by group size
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$120.00
Price varies by group size

Kochi Private Tour: Overnight Alleppey Backwaters Houseboat Cruise

Kochi Private Tour: Overnight Alleppey Backwaters Houseboat Cruise

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Experience the tranquil beauty of Kerala's backwaters with this overnight Alleppey houseboat cruise from Kochi. Float past rural villages, coconut palms, rice paddies and more as you make your way through the narrow channels and expansive waterways known as the "Venice of the East". It's one of the best ways to escape the chaos of the city and truly relax and unwind on your trip to India.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$182.50
Price varies by group size
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$182.50
Price varies by group size

Kochi Private Tour: Kerala Backwater Houseboat Day Cruise

Kochi Private Tour: Kerala Backwater Houseboat Day Cruise

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Discover the famous Alappuzha waterways during this seven-hour tour from Fort Kochi. Experience the beauty and tranquillity of one of Kerala's most-prized destinations as you float along the network of waterways aboard a traditional house boat. Enjoy an up close look at rural life and stunning nature during this memorable day on the water.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.00
Price varies by group size
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$120.00
Price varies by group size

Cochin Private Tour of Heritage and Backwaters from Cochin Hotels or Cochin Port

Cochin Private Tour of Heritage and Backwaters from Cochin Hotels or Cochin Port

Cruise along the backwaters of Alleppey on a houseboat and explore the lush landscapes of Kerala. Admire the passing scenery and enjoy a delicious lunch on board over the course of two hours. Then head back to Kochi to see the city’s key landmarks such as the Chinese fishing nets, St. Francis Church, and Dhobi Khana. This is a private tour for only you and your party.
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  • 7 hours
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$225.00
Price varies by group size
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$225.00
Price varies by group size

Private Backwater Cruise on a Houseboat and Shikara including Lunch

Private Backwater Cruise on a Houseboat and Shikara including Lunch

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Take to the backwaters of Kerala on this private cruise by houseboat and shikara. This Indian state lies on the country’s tropical Malabar Coast and is well known for its backwater canals. Traverse lakes by houseboat and canals via a wooden shikara. Pass by jungle, palm trees, fishing villages, rice patties, and churches as you observe the daily workings of Kerelan life. Round-trip transport and a traditional lunch and snacks are included.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$170.52
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$170.52
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Private Backwater Houseboat Day Cruise in Alleppey with Lunch

Private Backwater Houseboat Day Cruise in Alleppey with Lunch

Experience the beautiful backwaters of Alappuzha on this houseboat cruise. Board a traditional vessel and sail down the waterways of a region once described as the Venice of the East. Take in picturesque views of paddy fields, coconut palms, and lush vegetation. Then, enjoy a delicious lunch of Kerala-style vegetables, fish, and chicken.
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  • 4 hours
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$150.00
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$150.00
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Kochi Private Tour: Kerala Backwater Shikara (Shaded Canoe Boat) Day Cruise

Kochi Private Tour: Kerala Backwater Shikara (Shaded Canoe Boat) Day Cruise

With its palm-fringed waterways, Alleppey—Venice of the East—is one of South India’s most scenic spots. But the most stunning locations are only accessible to boats. During this exclusive backwater tour, you’ll hop a traditional Shikara, or Indian canoe, to cruise past coconut palms, picturesque villages, and lush rice paddies. Get a peek at rural life in Kerala while you relax and glide down Alleppey’s iconic canals.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.00
Price varies by group size
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$65.00
Price varies by group size

Private Overnight Backwaters Houseboat Cruise in Alleppey

Private Overnight Backwaters Houseboat Cruise in Alleppey

The captivating waterways of Alleppey—known as Kerala’s backwaters—aren't accessible to cars. Observe hidden corners of the lush, southern Indian state as you drift along scenic rivers in a traditional houseboat. The all-inclusive overnight tour includes sumptuous onboard meals, so you’ll have all your needs covered. Get a peek at picturesque villages, paddy fields, and coconut groves while you float past some of India’s most stunning locations.
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  • 2 days
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$180.00
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$180.00
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Private Alleppey Backwater Houseboat Day Cruise including Lunch

Private Alleppey Backwater Houseboat Day Cruise including Lunch

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Get a peek at parts of the Keralan countryside that are off-limits to vehicles as you glide along the backwaters in a traditional, thatched-roof houseboat. You’ll float past tiny villages, rice paddy fields, coconut groves, and temples, getting a chance to closely observe local life—from your own comfortable perch. Tours depart from Kochi, Alleppey, or Kumarakom, and include a hearty South Indian lunch, complete with cardamom-and-saffron-infused dessert.
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  • 8 hours
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$183.59
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$183.59
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Private Kerala Backwater Cruise

Private Kerala Backwater Cruise

A tranquil day cruise on Kerala’s picturesque backwaters is one of India’s most coveted travel experiences. Make your ride even more memorable by arranging your own private houseboat. Receive personalized attention, with a fresh seafood lunch cooked by the onboard chef, as you cruise past peaceful villages and palm-fringed paddy fields. If a sight catches your eye, you’ll have the option to put down the anchor and start exploring.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$175.00
Price varies by group size
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$175.00
Price varies by group size

Backwaters of Kerala

Backwaters of Kerala

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This 4 day trip of Kerala you can enjoy 1 Night stay in Cochin, Kumarakom and 1 Night in Alleppey Houseboat.
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  • 4 days
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$379.00
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$379.00
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Backwaters of Allepey Tour from Cochin

Backwaters of Allepey Tour from Cochin

Experience complete leisure in the backwaters of Kerala, enjoy the entire day staying in Kettuvullum or Houseboat of Kerala. Try your hands making out dishes with the Chef on board. Experience village life while cruising past the paddy fields and coconut palms.
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  • 2 days
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$139.75
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$139.75
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Splendour of Backwaters

Splendour of Backwaters

This 4 day trip Splendour of Backwaters provide 1 Night stay in Cochin, 1 Night stay in Kumarakom and 1 stay Night Houseboat in Alleppey. Enjoy half day guided tour at Cochin visit Fort Kochi, Marine Drive, Hill Palace, St.Francis Church, Dutch Palace. on 2nd day full day visit of Kumarakom. On 3rd day Alleppey proceed for backwater to enjoy the houseboat journey for day and night
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  • 4 days
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$379.00
Price varies by group size
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$379.00
Price varies by group size

Kochi Private Tour: Overnight Alleppey Backwaters Luxury Houseboat Cruise

Kochi Private Tour: Overnight Alleppey Backwaters Luxury Houseboat Cruise

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Spend the night on one of Kerala's famous houseboats and experience the tranquil beauty of life in the backwaters. This two-day tour for you and your friends offers up plenty of rural landscapes. Navigate the waters of the "Venice of the East" and learn why this destination attracts tourists from across the globe. Sample local cuisine cooked fresh on board and relax in one of the nation's most peaceful settings. 
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  • 2 days
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$307.70
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$307.70

Kerala Tree House and Backwater Stay

Kerala Tree House and Backwater Stay

The best package to enjoy the hill station and backwater tour. Here you will cover the most traditional stay but have good modern amenities. arrangements. The Tree house at Munnar and the Backwater view Kaits Home give you the best time in Kerala to enjoy the most iconic segment in the tour programs. The hill station offer you the plantation view, Tea gardens and the great tree house stay. The backwater destination offers you the best lake view stay with close living experience at the backwater.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$627.00
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$627.00