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  • Cochin: Private Heritage and Backwaters Houseboat Tour

    1. Cochin: Private Heritage and Backwaters Houseboat Tour

    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 w...

  • Cochin: Alleppey Backwater Private Day Cruise by Houseboat

    2. 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.

    Would definitely recommend this private tour We had the houseboat to ourselves and our driver took us to lots of extra places

  • From Kochi: 2-Day Alappuzha Backwaters Houseboat Cruise

    3. From Kochi: 2-Day Alappuzha Backwaters Houseboat Cruise

    Alappuzha, also known as the "Venice of the East", is an important tourist destination in India and the backwaters of Alappuzha are the most popular tourist attraction in Kerala. A houseboat cruise on these backwaters is a delightful experience. Alappuzha is a landmark between the broad Arabian Sea and the web of rivers flowing into it. It is a town in the Alappuzha District in the southern Indian state of Kerala. Lord Curzon, the Viceroy of the Indian Empire, made a visit to Alappuzha in the early 20th century. Fascinated by the scenic beauty of the place he said “here nature has spent up on the land her richest bounties”. Detailed itinerary: Day 1: After the pick-up from Cochin Port or at your hotel at 10:15, you will transfer to Alappuzha to board the houseboat around 12:00. Once aboard the houseboat you will slowly cruise through the backwaters an...

    Friendly, helpful staff, very good local cuisine. Boat was comfortable not luxurious. Bed linen needs replacing....two single sheets on a double bed!! Decent bathrooms. Air-conditioning worked but was not available immediately, so be sure to check as it gets hot! All in all an enjoyable experience.

  • Kochi: Kathakali Evening Dance Show w/ Dinner & Transfer

    4. Kochi: Kathakali Evening Dance Show w/ Dinner & Transfer

    Have a chance to appreciate the extraordinary classical dance form of Kerala. The act begins with the Kelikutto. It is the call for the audience to shift their attention as the act is about to get started. Kelikutto will be followed by Todayam. In this part, two allotted characters evoke the blessing of the divine. This will be consecutively followed by an entertaining dance piece called Purapaddu. Once the dance piece ends, the musicians will take the stage and transport the audience on a breathtaking musical journey. This particular section of the act is called Melappada. Pakka or the Minukku will not have the opportunity to do a debut on the stage. All the other characters will perform a debut in the Tiranokku section. This marks the beginning of the performance or the scene to be narrated. After the cultural icons of the Kerala majestic dance show, you will be taken back to the hot...

  • From Kochi Port: Backwater Canoe and Fort Kochi Tour

    5. From Kochi Port: Backwater Canoe and Fort Kochi Tour

    Marvel at the breathtaking scenery of the Allepey region from the comfort of a traditional riverboat on this shore excursion. After getting picked up from the cruise ship docks at Kochi Port, begin the 1.5-hour journey to Alleppey where you will board your Shikara (motorized canoe). Then, begin your journey, cruising slowly through the vast network of backwaters.  Discover for yourself why Alleppey has often been described as the Venice of the East. Venture through village areas and the landscape of the Alappuzha to marvel at lush vegetation, paddy fields, coconut palms, and much more.  Once back on dry land, sit down to a delicious vegetarian lunch which showcases the best of Keralan cuisine before journeying to the serene Fort Kochi area. Marvel at the Cheena Vala (Chinese fishing nets) in the Arabian Sea, and see other attractions of the region. At the end of your tour, get dropped ...

  • From Kochi: 3-Day Munnar Hill Station & Tea Plantations Tour

    6. From Kochi: 3-Day Munnar Hill Station & Tea Plantations Tour

    Day 1: After pickup 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 visit a spice plantation. Overnight stay in Munnar. Day 2: After breakfast, your local guide will meet you in Munnar to start your tour of the area. 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 by visiting the 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 Munnar. Day 3: After breakfast, check out from your hotel and be transferred back to Kochi.

  • Backwater Houseboat and Fort Kochi Tour from Cochin Port

    7. Backwater Houseboat and Fort Kochi Tour from Cochin Port

    Benefit from pickup at the cruise ship docks at Cochin Port, and journey on the road to board a houseboat on the backwaters of Kerala (approx 1 hour and 45 minutes). Cruise slowly through the hidden backwaters of Alappuzha (also known as "Alleppey"), considered the hub of the state's backwaters and home to a vast network of waterways and boats. Venture through village areas and the landscape of the Laccadive Sea to marvel at the lush vegetation, paddy fields, coconut palms, and much more. There will be 3 staff members along with your guide to look after you and make sure your experience is as relaxed as possible. Enjoy a lunch of Keralan cuisine as you gently navigate the waterways, which includes rice, vegetable dishes, fish, chicken, and more. End your houseboat cruise and later journey to the serene Fort Kochi area. Marvel at the Cheena vala (Chinese fishing nets) in the Arabian Sea...

    The trip by bus to the backwaters was very interesting, we saw a lot of the city. The guide organized everything very well and explained us everything well. Very impressive trip with a lovely guide with very good English. The lunch together on the houseboat was great and tasted fine. Great experience, thanks.

  • Kochi: Private Tuk-Tuk City Tour with Hotel Pickup

    8. Kochi: Private Tuk-Tuk City Tour with Hotel Pickup

    Discover the highlights of Kochi from a local’s perspective as you ride around in a traditional tuk-tuk. See the city’s historical monuments, learn about its colonial past, and benefit from a convenient hotel pickup and drop-off. Travel to the spice markets and learn about Kochi’s central role in the Indian spice trade for many centuries and its popularity by foreign traders.  See the old buildings that most clearly reveal this deep-rooted colonial influence. Kochi was the first European colony for Portugal in India from the year 1500-1663, followed by the Dutch and later the British.  Explore the fishing village’s ancient Chinese fishing nets, historical European settlements like the Vasco de Gama church, and the Dutch cemetery and towards the Dutch palace. Stop by a museum under ASI and spend time walking through the historical Jewish district and visit the Jewish synagogue.

  • Kochi: Kathalki Theatre and Dinner Experience

    9. Kochi: Kathalki Theatre and Dinner Experience

    After being collected from your hotel lobby at around 5:30PM, you will be taken to the Cochin Cultural Center to watch the enchanting dance form of Kerala, Kathakali. The duration of this dance ballet will be approximately 1 hour (6:30PM-7:30PM). The performing artists will be decked out in heavy costumes of myriad colors and resplendent makeup, capped by a huge crown. The artist display an amazing array of expressions on their faces to narrate the tale along with nifty footwork. The dance drama is mostly inspired by ancient Hindu epics such as the Ramayana, the Mahabharat and the Purana, punctuated by rhythmic music in the background. The colors on the faces of the artists help in understanding the nature of the character. For example, Red (Tati) symbolizes an evil character such as Ravana or Dushasana, whereas green (pacca) is reserved for the protagonists or fighters, with red color ...

    Show was great, but a bit short. Dinner was just average. Value for money was therefore average.

  • Kochi: 3-Day Best of Kerala Tour with Houseboat Cruise

    10. Kochi: 3-Day Best of Kerala Tour with Houseboat Cruise

    Day 1: Pickup from Kochi airport or railway station and transfer to your hotel in Fort Kochi. In the late afternoon start your private tour of Fort Kochi by visiting the Chinese fishing nets that were introduced by traders in the 14th century. Kochi fishermen still use these fishing nets to earn their livelihoods. Continue your stroll down to St Francis Church, one of the oldest churches in India. The church was constructed in 1503 by Portuguese friars. Next, see the Santa Cruz Basilica, one of the largest and most impressive churches in India. Then visit the Mattancherry Palace, built by the Portuguese and presented to the Raja of Kochi in 1555. Next door is the Paradesi Synagogue, the oldest active synagogue in South India. Admire the ornate brass pulpit, the glass chandelier, and hand-painted Chinese porcelain floor tiles. In the evening, watch a live Kathakali dance performance at...

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What people are saying about Kochi

Punctual guide! We were expected with a sign. He was attentive and attentive. 2 bottles of water were at our disposal. The vehicle was clean and we had an excellent driver Thanks to our guide Tomy for this excellent day.

Enjoyed this houseboat tour. Be prepared for a 2 hour ride each way. Interesting to see the communities. It is a long ride but worth it

Everything worked wonderfully. Excellent guide, spectacular bus transfers in Indian traffic, wonderful boat trip in the backwaters

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

Excellent, very interesting and a great meal with very good staff and the boat was amazing.