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  • Location: Kochi, India
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
From GBP 144.25

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Cruise the palm-fringed backwaters of Kerala on board a private Kettuvallam, a traditional thatched houseboat typical to Kerala. These houseboats have been plying the Kerala waterways for centuries, connecting villages along the backwaters and transporting rice, spices and other goods. A Kerala backwater cruise is the best way to experience Kerala's amazing beauty and get a glimpse of rural life along the backwaters.


  • Lunch included
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Your private day trip from Kochi starts with a 1.5-hour journey from your Kochi hotel to the backwaters of Alleppey, famous for its labyrinth of waterways spanning 559 miles (900 km). On arrival in Alleppey, board your private Kettuvallam and feast on a mouthwatering Kerala-style lunch. Enjoy savory dishes such as sambar, a hearty vegetable stew, and avail, a vegetable and coconut curry. Tickle your sweet tooth with pappad, a South Indian wafer, and payasam, a rice pudding flavored with cardamom, raisins, saffron, cashew nuts and pistachios.

As you cruise along, witness life in the backwater villages of Alleppey. Travel down the canals dotted with houses, paddy fields, coconut trees, market places and temples. See local people engaging in a variety of activities from fishing to daily chores. Soak in the beautiful scenery from your thatched-roof boat and relish the serenity of this river town.

Enjoy a traditional Indian tea with snacks before disembarking your Kerala houseboat. Your private guide will drive you from Alleppey back to your Kochi hotel.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Kochi hotels
Departure Time:
8 hours (approx.)
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point

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Pickup from Hotel

Kerala Backwater Cruise with hotel pickup

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Pickup from Cruise Liner

Kerala Backwater Cruise with pickup from cruise liner

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Private Tour: Kerala Backwater Cruise

Kerala Backwater Cruise

  • Lunch
  • Afternoon tea
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Beverages
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Sample Lunch Menu:
  • Kerala Rice
  • Sambar (vegetable stew)
  • Avial (thick mixture of vegetables, curd and coconut seasoned with coconut oil and curry leaves)
  • Vegetable Thoran (vegetables sautéed and cooked along with coconut)
  • Vegetable Mezhukkupuratti (fried vegetable curry)
  • Salad
  • Pickle & Curd
  • Pappad (South Indian wafer)
  • Payasam (rice pudding flavored with cardamom, raisins, saffron, cashew nuts, and pistachios)
  • Vermicelli
  • Plantain
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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Crys P, March 2015

The one day Back water cruise was excellent. Beautiful day to simply hang out and take in the sites. I liked that we were picked up from our hotel and then driven to the cruise. The on board staff were pleasant and cooked us a delicious meal. I would definitely recommend this Back water day cruise to others.

Reviewed by: SANA A, January 2014

It is a must and I enjoyed it a lot .The driver was good.