Water activity

Cochin: Private Heritage and Backwaters Houseboat Tour

Activity provider: Carnival Tours Kochi
Water activity

Cochin: Private Heritage and Backwaters Houseboat Tour

Activity provider: Carnival Tours Kochi

From US$ 450 per group up to 2

Experience a tour that offers a combination of an Alleppey backwater houseboat cruise with a Kerala lunch onboard. You will visit various local sites, including the Fort Cochin Chinese Nets, St. Francis Church, and the Basilica.

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Duration 7 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup optional
At the reception of your hotel.
Private group


  • Explore the backwaters of Kerala on a 2-hour boat cruise
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch onboard as you admire the scenery
  • Take a city tour of Fort Kochi and see famous landmarks
  • Have your experience fully personalized
Full description

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.

  • Transfers by air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking guide
  • Pickup and drop off from your Cochin hotel or Cochin Cruise Port
  • 2-hour cruise
  • Lunch onboard
  • 1 bottle of drinking water per person
  • All taxes
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
  •  You must remove your shoes in the temples and places of worship
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January 19, 2020

Product ID: 232217