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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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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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$189.80
Price varies by group size
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$189.80
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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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$124.80
Price varies by group size
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$124.80
Price varies by group size
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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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$177.34
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$177.34
Price varies by group size

Shared Group Tour of Kerala Backwater Cruise

Shared Group Tour of 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
  • Taking safety measures
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$125.00
Price varies by group size
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$125.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

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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$334.67
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$334.67
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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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$190.94
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$190.94
Price varies by group size