Alappuzha Backwater Private Houseboat Cruise

Alappuzha Backwater Private Houseboat Cruise

Exploring the marvelous backwater destination of Alleppey / Alappuzha through houseboat cruising can be a wonderful experience.

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Exploring the marvelous backwater destination of Alleppey / Alappuzha through houseboat cruising can be a wonderful experience. Located in the Alleppey district in Central Kerala, this famous destination offers a lot of tourist attractions. A ride in a traditional houseboat through the serene backwaters of Alappuzha is something each nature lover would look forward to. A trip to Kerala will not be completed without enjoying a houseboat cruising in the backwaters.

 Travelers can choose a day trip or overnight stay to enjoy a memorable cruising. The duration of day trips is around 6-7 hours. Day trips usually start from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM while overnight stays can be from 11:00 AM to the next day 9:00 AM. The cruise costs in a houseboat can be varied depending on the type of boat that you choose. It costs around INR 6000 – INR 8000 if you opt for a Deluxe cruise. You need to spend around INR 10000 – INR 12000 for a Premium cruise while a luxury cruise may cost more than Rs.15000. Alappuzha also offers a shorter duration houseboat cruise for 3-4 hours.

A Memorable Activity

Cruising in a traditional houseboat through the scintillating backwaters of Alappuzha can be one of the best activities that you can enjoy during your trip to Kerala. Each one of you can definitely cherish the whole cruising experience. The cruising not only gives you the wonderful opportunity to enjoy the scenic views of the destination but you will certainly admire the delicious dishes that you taste onboard. Ensure to choose a good houseboat in order to get a comfortable and unforgettable houseboat cruising experience.

Duration8 Hours Tour
Start TimeDeparture at 10:00 AM back by 7 PM
Price₹ 6000 to ₹ 15000 for two persons depending on the package that you choose.
Tour Description

Leave from Cochin / Kochi at 8.30 AM towards Alleppey / Alappuzha Backwaters

A day tour that will give you the chance to visit one of the most beautiful backwaters in India. This tour allows you to see rural Kerala and the famous backwaters of Alappuzha. In this wonderful land lush green paddy fields, coconut plantation, tapioca, banana, and mango are cultivated four to six feet below the sea level. Life here cannot be thought of without a canoe or boat. It is the land of fishermen and women. It distinguishes itself with prawns, mussels, pearl spot fish, and other fishes.

  • Depart from Kochi at 08.30 AM
  • Board Houseboat and cruise on the beautiful backwaters
  • Lunch with local fish
  • Evening Tea / Coffee with Snacks
  • 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM – Drive back to Cochin


  • Picturesque Kerala backwaters and inland waterways are a feast for the eyes.
  • Experience a thrilling Kerala Houseboat Cruise Experience
  • The cruise can also as a daytime filler.


  • Cruisers need to end up with the spicy Kerala-style menu
  • Houseboat cruising can be a little expensive, especially during the peak season


Alappuzha, also known as Alleppey is a beautiful district in Kerala with an extensive network of backwaters and canals. Popularly known as the ‘Venice of the East, this destination was a commercial hub. However, Alappuzha has lost its importance now after the development of Ernakulam as a commercial district.  Still, this district holds high importance in its niche businesses like handicrafts and coir and no other place can compete for that with this district. This marvelous destination continues to allure the world with its astonishing network of backwaters, canals, freshwater lakes, beaches, and lagoons.

A relaxed houseboat cruising through the scintillating backwaters of Alappuzha is an unavoidable part of the trip of each traveler to Kerala. Even though the houseboats are traditional boats, they have all the modern amenities to make the cruising a wonderful experience. Each houseboat is complete with stylish bedrooms, a kitchen, and toilets in order to act as a house in the floating waters. In the local language, Malayalam, these houseboats are known as ‘kettuvalloms’. Once they were an essential part of the social and economic life of Kerala when water was the main mode of transport. Today, houseboats have undergone innovative changes in order to suit the needs of modern days. They offer all the modern luxuries such as air conditioners, televisions, a Jacuzzi, shower panels, a premium food menu, opulent furnishing, and even candle-lit dinners.

The rates of houseboat cruising are on the higher side during the peak season, which is from October to February. The off-season is from March to September and it is the best time to visit Alappuzha if you wish to experience houseboat cruising at the best prices. If you have negotiating skills, you can enjoy the cruising at best rates. You need to pay in advance to book the houseboat for the cruise.

One of the highlights of houseboat cruising in Alappuzha is its elaborate menu on board. The chefs in the houseboat ensure to pamper each guest with many delicacies. The food that they serve shall be a treat to your taste buds. The pearl spotted fish delicacy that they serve with delicious traditional Kerala meals can make your dining a memorable experience. In fact, cruisers can enjoy cuisines like Chinese, North Indian, Jain, and vegetarian as per their choice. However, remember to order your food in advance based on your preferences. Lunch and evening snacks are served for the day cruise while they provide lunch, evening snacks, dinner, and breakfast for an overnight cruise. You can also request in advance to arrange candle-lit dinners, cakes, etc to make your houseboat cruising in Kerala an unforgettable experience.

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