Houseboat Excursion in Kerala backwaters. Ideal for cruise ship passengers.


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Activity Level



City, Day Trip / Out of Town, Museums / Culture, Shore Excursion


Kid Friendly: Yes. Suitable for mature teenagers.

Friendly: Yes.
You must be able to get in and out of the car and house boat.

Maximum travelers: 4



English (fluent), German (basic), Hindi (conversational)

Cruising with lunch in private houseboat, overview of Cochin.

Houseboats once were spice boats or rice boats which used to carry black pepper, ginger, cardamom, cloves, turmeric, and later cashew nuts, tea coffee, rice, rubber and coir. The spice boats now innovated into luxury houseboats for hosting tourists from world over. Made from teak it has caulked hull with bamboo roof. Bedrooms spacious for two and laid with Cambridge white bed linen and have attached powder rooms. This house boat meanders through the backwaters studded with coconut groves and lush green paddy fields. Paddy fields attract us as they lie below sea level. We can witness the life of villagers educated and prosperous on the banks. Bungalows or rich houses of prosperous people painted in bright colors and churches, and temples also adorn the banks.


Depart from Kochi 09. 00
Arrive Alleppey Houseboat Jetty 11. 00
Board Houseboat and cruise in the backwaters for 3 hours
Lunch on board the house boat.
End cruising 14. 30
Depart Alleppey for Kochi and arrive Kochi. 16. 00
An orientation drive to Fort Kochi and Jewish Town. Photo stops at Chinese Fishing Nets.
Spend time for shopping at Jewish Town
Depart Fort Kochi / Jewish Town 17. 00
Reach back 17. 30
(Our day and the time we start the tour is flexible and is meant to accommodate your schedule and interests.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I wll meet the guests at the lobby of the city hotel where guests stay.
Or if the guests arriving by cruiser ship I will meet the guests at the Kochi harbour.

End location: The guests will be dropped at the place where they are picked for the tour.

Duration: 8 hours 30 min.


1.An air-conditioned and clean Toyota Innova Suv for 6 passengers including driver and guide for the overland driving to the backwater village for houseboat cruise.
2. A deluxe type clean and neat houseboat with single bed room with attached bath ( for using the wash room while on cruise is used for cruise)

What’s Included

Car hire charges for transfer from Kochi to houseboat and return,
Houseboat ( Deluxe category ) for a day cruise from 11.00 noon to 14.00 pm.Traditional lunch in houseboat.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

2500 Indian Rupee. - Guests need this cash to make local payments to buy souvenirs, pay camera fees, etc., There is no possibility to increase this amount.

What’s Extra

Mineral water is provided (1 bottle each per person ) in the houseboat during the cruise. In case you require more is available to purchase in houseboat.
2. Soft drinks are not included in the tour price. But if you want soft drinks while on cruise it is available in houseboat to purchase. ( Please inform me in advance to store enough soft drinks for your use )
3. All expenditures of personal nature like shopping for gifts.


I have the approval of the Ministry of Tourism Govt.of India to guide tourists in south India. .
A few temples do not allow non Hindus to enter the sanctum. I will not be able to guide the tourists there, as I am not a Hindu.

A Recent Review of this tour

Joyce was an excellent guide. He planned a private houseboat tour for us on the Backwaters of Alappuzha that included a wonderful south India lunch including several curries, fish and chicken as typical in the region. We wanted a chance to buy spices on the way back to the ship and he took extra time to take us to the spice market his wife goes for her spices that probably never had a tourist in the place. The total cost for out party of 4 was considerably less than the ship's tour and very personal.
John Diddams

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