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Cochin: Alleppey Backwater Private Day Cruise by Houseboat

1. Cochin: Alleppey Backwater Private Day Cruise by Houseboat

Explore the famous Kerala backwaters of Alleppey on board a traditional houseboat. Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha, is located between the Arabian Sea and a web of rivers flowing into it. In the early 20th century, the then Viceroy of the Indian Empire, Lord Curzon was so mesmerized by the scenic beauty he declared that Alleppey was “The Venice of the East.” Following a pickup from Cochin Cruise Port or from Cochin Hotels, transfer to Aleppey to board your houseboat. Cruise slowly through the backwaters and village areas to marvel at the lush vegetation, paddy fields, coconut palms, and more. There’s no guide on board but there will be 3 staff members to look after you and make sure your experience is as relaxed as you could wish for. Enjoy a lunch of Keralan cusine as you gently cruise, before later transferring back to Cochin Port or your hotel.

Munnar Private Day Trip

2. Munnar Private Day Trip

After an early morning pick-up from your Kochi hotel, travel in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle for about 4 hours to Munnar. En route to Munnar, stop to see the Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls, and take a break for breakfast. Your local guide will meet you in Munnar to start the tour. Munnar is a hill station that is known for its vast tea plantations and natural beauty. It was once a favorite summer retreat for British colonials. Start your tour by visiting Mattupetty Dam and a tea museum, then take a short walk through the tea plantations. There will be a break for lunch before heading back to your hotel in Kochi, with a stop at a spice plantation along the way.

House Boat Kerala: Vembanad Lake

3. House Boat Kerala: Vembanad Lake

The sounds of birds and monkeys echo around you. As you gaze out across the vast Vembanad Lake, you feel at one with nature and slowly relax into your day out here cruising around the lake on your house or motor boat. Your day trip begins as your guide picks you up from your hotel and you set sail through the canals that connect the lake together. You will arrive in Alleppey, about 43 miles (70 km) south of the city, where we begin our sail. Here you can relax on one of our exquisite house boats, which move along the banks of Vembanad to give you a real sense of the style and luxury that has dated back centuries. Imagine yourself a maharaja or English royal sailing through these canals 100 years ago as you enjoy lunch on board. The trip returns to Cochin approximately 4 hours after setting sail.

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What people are saying about Kerala

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 9 reviews

Both the driver Babu and our guide Matthew were very nice and accommodating. The driver explained a lot to us on the way and showed us animals. The guide completely adapted to our expectations in terms of the duration and difficulty of the hike through the tea plantation. We stopped at good restaurants for both breakfast and lunch, which were reasonably priced and the food was of good quality. On the way back we were free to stop at a chocolate factory and spice shop. However, you should be able to handle a lot of curves, as half of the way up the mountains is very curvy. All in all, definitely not a cheap tour, but it was definitely worth it!

Exceptional experience from beginning to end. All staff were extremely professional, friendly, and organized. Our vehicle was immaculate and the driver was on time and on schedule. He was also very knowledgeable. The boat was also very nice and the crew were very friendly and the service was incredible. The food delicious!!! I highly recommend this experience!

It was a great tour! Very nice guide, great team on board, great food! We can only recommend it !!!!

Excellent trip. Drive from Kochi is a bit long, though. Too much traffic.

Amazing experience and excellent service from company