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Private Backwater Cruise on a Houseboat and Shikara including Lunch

Kochi (Cochin), India

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icon6 to 8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English


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.
  • Private 6-to-8-hour backwater cruise in Kerala
  • Hop on a houseboat, and take in views along the water
  • Journey on a shikara, and pass jungle scenery, fishing villages, and rice patties
  • Indulge in Keralan lunch, coffee and tea, and traditional snacks along the way
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Return transfers from Kochi, Alleppey or Kumarakom
Cruise on a private houseboat
Cruise on a Shikara
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick guests from all hotels in Cochin / Alleppey / Kumarakom

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Enjoy a morning picks up from Kochi, Alleppey, or Kumarakom and set out on your private full-day excursion.

Sit back for a drive to the waterfront in Alleppey. Board a houseboat and take off on the Punnamada Lake, home of the Nehru trophy boat race. Pass by villages, take in panoramic views across the lake, and stop for a traditional Kerelan lunch.

After lunch, board a wooden shirkara,  a narrower vessel which makes it easy to get down the canals on the water. Cruise by fishing villages, rice patties, and jungle scenery. You can even catch a glimpse of palm trees along the 1-hour route. Indulge in some Kerala-inspired snacks with coffee or tea before heading back to the waterfront in Alleppey. 

Your tour concludes with drop-off back at your hotel.
Stop At:  
Alleppey Backwaters
Commence your tour with a morning with pickup from your hotel for the drive to Alleppy, where you'll board your houseboat. Enjoy a welcome drink as the 4-hour cruise begins along Punnamada Lake, home to Nehru trophy boat race. Admire the breathtaking views of the lake, and observe the glimpse of village life as you travel past the banks. The boat stops for a lavish lunch of traditional Kerala cuisine. Thereafter transfer to a shikara to navigate the narrow waterways and shallow channels. Shikara is a traditional motorized canoe with its roof covered. However, all the sides are open and there are cushioned seats to sit on. It is just a miniature form of houseboat. Make your way past rural fishing villages and lush jungle landscapes. Then continue cruising, passing by rice paddies, palm-lined canals, and churches. In the late afternoon, enjoy coffee or tea with Kerala-style snacks before your cruise ends in the early evening. Disembark between 3pm and 5pm, and your private driver will drive you from Alleppey back to your hotel in Kochi, Alleppey or Kumarakom.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Kochi is the new name for Cochin; Alappuzha is the new name for Alleppey
  • Please note that neither the houseboat nor the smaller shikara have any air-conditioning, although there is generally a breeze blowing while cruising
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Delhi Airport Service

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during Private Backwater Cruise on a Houseboat and Shikara including Lunch?
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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