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Kochi Shore Excursion- Private Day Tour of Heritage and Backwaters

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Kochi (Cochin), India
Kochi Shore Excursion- Private Day Tour of Heritage and Backwaters

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


This incredible tour showcases the best of Kerala and creates the perfect opportunity to enjoy rural South Indian life. Enjoy a rival cruise along the Alleppey backwaters in a traditional house boat. Savor the flavors of local Kerala cuisine cooked on board and tour Fort Cochin, see the famous Chinese fishing nets, check out St Francis Church and tour Dhobi Khana.
  • Kochi shore excursion of Fort Kochi and Alleppey backwaters
  • Experience the tranquil beauty of the Alleppey backwaters
  • Savor the flavors of traditional Kerala cuisine
  • See the top sites of Kochi with a guide, including the Chinese fishing nets
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Transfers by air-conditioned vehicle
English speaking guide
2 hours backwater cruise
Kerala Lunch on board
Alcoholic drinks

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
At Cruise terminal guide will be waiting at pier holding a placard in your name .

For hotel pick up ,guide will report at reception

This incredible tour showcases the best of Kerala in a day for those looking to explore the area. Take a cruise along the Alleppey backwaters in a traditional houseboat while enjoying a Keralan lunch on board. Plus, get the opportunity to visit St. Francis Church and Basilica, as well as the famous Chinese fishing nets at Fort Kochi.
Pass By:  
Kochi (Cochin)
You will be picked up from your hotel in Cochin or Cochin Cruise Port ships berth before beginning a 1.5-hour transfer to Alleppey to board your houseboat. You will then begin your journey, cruising slowly through the backwaters and village areas to marvel at the lush vegetation, paddy fields, coconut palms, and more. There will be 3 staff members to look after you and make sure your experience is as relaxed as you could wish for. Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha, is located between the Arabian Sea and the 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.” You can enjoy a lunch of Keralan cuisine on the houseboat, before later transferring to Fort Kochi to visit the famous Chinese nets, St. Francis Church and Dhobi Khana. Your tour will then conclude as you are driven back to your hotel in Cochin, or to the Cochin Port.
Pass By:  
Kerala Backwaters
Transfer to Aleppey Backwaters by Car
Stop At:  
Kerala Houseboat
Cruise on a Houseboat for 2 hours with Lunch served on board
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Chinese Fishing Nets
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Group discount is available
  • A current valid passport Copy is required on the day of travel
  • You MUST confirm and obtain a Indian Tourist Visa to get down at Cochin Port. All visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the traveler
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Carnival Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Our boat tour of the backwater was...
, Mar 2018
Our boat tour of the backwater was wonderful. The crew was attentive and the cook provided a truly excellent lunch. Our guide and driver knew the traffic and got us back safely with time to spare. The stops we made gave us a true sense of Kochi. The guide was perfect to represent the people of Kochi.
Met at dockside by smart, friendly...
Mr Leroy R J T
, Dec 2017
Met at dockside by smart, friendly English speaking driver/guide and immaculate, air conditioned, roomy and comfortable vehicle. Ninety minutes of fairly hair-raising driving - mainly by others, although there were some interesting overtaking moves - but this is India and is the way everybody drives. Arrival and transfer to houseboat went smoothly and, as booked, we had the entire craft to ourselves and our guide, plus a local crew of three who were charming and attentive. The cruise itself is quite long but after the first hour there is little else of interest to see and it is a much the same. Very relaxing though. Lunch was a revelation. Grilled fish, fried chicken and a host of accompanying dishes. All delicious, but far too much for us, although we tried, and enjoyed, everything. Return road trip was by a different route and included some unanticipated and interesting sightseeing under the guidance of our driver, who got us back to the ship safely and in good time. It was an expensive excursion but we acknowledge that we were paying for the exclusivity. None of the other houseboats we encountered had many passengers and unless you really wish to be alone, a shared journey would probably offer better value for money. Nevertheless we much enjoyed the experience and it gave us a good look at Cochin in the time available.
Very professional. The viator guide...
Antonio G
, Jun 2017
Very professional. The viator guide and the driver were the first in line with my name in a bold printed card when my group got down from the cruise ship. The guide was well informed on any subject and communicated well. The boat crew and the boat accommodation was great. My group consisted of health and state inspectors and they observed that the food prep and the boat were acceptable standards. The food served were prepared well and food were excellent. Compared to the other boats carrying passengers from the cruise ship...we had the boat to ourselves 14 in one group versus the excursion boats that had all the chairs and seats occupied. For the price, it was the best excursion we had in our trip.
We had a truly wonderful day with...
Gabrielle M
, May 2017
We had a truly wonderful day with Sebastian , our guide, and Martin our driver! They were there to meet us us as soon as we left the ship and had a lovely Toyota 4x4 with super air conditioning and very comfortable seats. Seb chatted to us throughout our journey to the houseboats .....this for me was definitely better than being on a coach, as I am very deaf! At the houseboats we watched as the coach loads of our cruise companions were herded onto a houseboat, while we were taken to another houseboat. What a lovely surprise to find we had the whole houseboat to ourselves!!! A lounging area at the front, a dining table, armchairs, a bedroom and bathroom, and a chef in the kitchen preparing our lunch!!!! I am very difficult with food as I don't like spicy food, but the lovely cheerful chef said that was no problem, and he made us a superb lunch of fish and chicken, rice, lentils, chickpeas etc, all without spice!! Followed by dessert then banana fritters then fruits went on and on!! Seb travelled with us and answered all our questions. Afterwards we drove through areas past beautiful Catholic Churches etc and then to the sea where we saw the Chinese fishing nets. As he could see we were intrigued by these, he took us onto one of the Nets and after a chat with the fisherman, we were allocated ropes to pull to bring in the next catch!! Seb took my phone and took photos and a video of us pulling the ropes until the job was done! What a wonderful experience! I was concerned because I had no rupees as you can't get them on the ship or take them into India, and I wanted a few to be able to give tips and buy souvenirs, so Seb and Martin went out of their way to drive around Kochi to find an ATM...the first one didn't work, so they drove around some more until we found one that did work. Seb helped me to understand all the instructions. Our day with Seb and Martin actually lasted about 2 hours longer than advertised and I was worried we were making them late, but they were charming and said they just wanted to be sure we were having a good time. I cannot rate them highly enough, they were superb. This was the first time we had used Viator, and I was sorry I hadn't booked other excursions with them. Next time, we will be booking Viator rather than the Cruise excursions.
We truly loved this tour. There...
Lynne J
, Feb 2017
We truly loved this tour. There were four of us and we had a huge boat to ourselves. The scenery was great , the service amazing and the food was local and very tasty. We ate it all and never got sick. Highly recommend this tour. I booked this tour not off the boat therefor we were only 4 on this tour and not many and at a much lower cost.
Wonderful guides and a lovely...
, Apr 2016
Wonderful guides and a lovely day. Everything perfect, from pickup to brunch and then a bit of shopping and the cruise and a lovely lunch Thoroughly recommend

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