Alleppey Back water Cruise in House Boat - A Tourist Guide

Alleppey Back water Cruise in House Boat - A Tourist Guide - Destination Overview
  • Package Prices
    Staring from Rs 18999/- for 1 night houseboat stay and full Alleppey site seeing and excursions
  • Location: Kerala,India -
  • Altitude: 0 meter
  • Nearest Airport: Cochin
  • Nearest Train Station: Cochin
  • How to reach: Reachable from Cochin by taxi, located at approximately 80 kms

Alleppey Back water Cruise Tourist Guide

Alleppey is one of the most important tourist centers in the state, with a large network of inland canals earning it the sobriquet "Venice of the east". These large network of canals provide Alleppey its lifeline.

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Alleppey Back water Tour Guide Itinerary and Package

About the Houseboats

Houseboats used in back water cruise are called “Kettuvallams”, these are specially designed to complement the beauty of the journey in the picturesque backwaters. Boats are built with wood harvested from local jackfruit tree plantations, hand-stitched by local craftsmen with coconut fiber rope (coir) and strengthened with fish oil—a tradition pre-dating industrial engineering techniques but proving stronger than modern alternatives. 

Each houe boat is Goldstar-certified and furnished comfortably with one, two or three bedrooms. All boats have an open-air living area and a fully-equipped kitchen. Prior to sunset, boat will come to rest along the shores in a spot where you can watch the colorful sky closing out the day and transitioning into evening. If the sky is clear, the stars are normally brighter here than at other more populated locations because there are not many lights from human settlements. Before, during, or after dinner try turning off all the lights and admire the night sky from a unique vantage point.


Suggestions - For Alleppey Back water cruise :- 

  • Go for Upper desk for full enjoyment and stunning views during cruise
  • Boat does not serve alcohol so bring your own beer or wine if you want to have some on board.
  • If interested in music, please inquiry in advance and carry music in USB or mobile.

Alleppey Back water Cruise - Itinerary and Foods - 12 hours 

Back water Tour in House Boat - Alappuzha with Night Stay

we proceed to Alleppey for one day and night stay on Kerala Traditional House boat in Alleppey ( Alappuzha) with Night Stay

We start from Hotel at 09:00 AM after breakfast towards Alappuzha, which is 1.5 hours away. Along the way we see paddy fields and water ways. Our Destination is Alappuzha and objective is to enjoy the Day and night cruise on the Kerala Back waters.

Starting Point 

The houseboat starting point is at Pallathuruthy, Alleppey which is approx 80Kms from the cochin international airport. It will take you approx 2 and half hours to reach the destination

Reach Alleppey and Step aboard in a luxury House Boat to enjoy the cruise. Alappuzha is also known as the Venice of the east, and we will cruise the Back waters to Lake Vembanad or the island villages of Kottayam.

Important Details of Kerala Back water Cruise

Back water cruise typically starts at 12:15 PM, and you are welcomed with a fresh juise on board. tender coconut water and warm towel. The journey starts around 12.45 PM and crew includes pilot, chef and a care taker.The Crew consists of 4 staff ( Pilot/Captain, Cook, Navigator and Helper), You will enjoy the 5 star hospitality in next 12 hours.

Details of House Boat for backwaters -  in Alleppey

A typical House boat consists of 2 or 3 air conditioned rooms with double bed, TV and Fridge, and Attached Bathroom with shower. There is a sitting area and open Deck just behind the pilot seat, followed by a kitchen in the back. There is ample space for a 4 or 8 member family to enjoy the tour.

Suggestion :- Book the Upper desk to fully enjoy the scenic route and privacy

Alleppey back water Cruise Tour Itinerary

Tour Starts at 12:30 PM and boat cruises the back waters for approx half an hour,

At 01:00 PM - Boat anchors for the lunch. Crew serves the best dishes including fish fry(Pearlspot fish). We had Rice, Dal, Aviyal, Thoran, Bitroot-curd Pachedi, Fish fry. and drinks ( soft drinks and Juices), You can carry your own alcoholic drinks.

At 2:30 PM cruise starts again and you cross the biggest lake, you will see lots of boats enroute, making the whole passage looks magical, on both sides of the canal, ususal village life of kerala goes on, you will see village people doing their daily chores.

At 04:00 PM, the boat anchors and now it is time to see the village life, you will be transferred to a smaller boat and go inside a village canal to watch village life from a closer view.

At 05:30PM - Night Halt in the evening for the night stay, You can get down the boat, have a walk and have some nice silhouettes photography & enjoy the sun set time. There is water on 3 sides and one side green paddy fields. You can have your drinks now and some snacks are served. Enjoy the beautiful sun-set with your drinks.

After sun sets, it is time for putting on mosquito repellents and switch on the All-out Mosquito repellents, so that you can sit longer at the deck.

At 07:00 PM, delicious dinner is serverd and you can enjoy the calmness of the environment and water waves as well as rocking boat.

You can be on deck as long as you want, but usually it is approx 9:30 PM is time to retire to your air condioned bed room. 

Next Morning Freshly prepared breakfast is served and time to return back to base.

At 08:00 AM, it is time for return Journey It takes approx 1 hour to return to base.

At 09:00 AM, Driver is available at Jetty to take you back to thh Kochi Hotel

Other ACTIVITIES during back water cruise

Canoeing to the see the Village life

Get off the main house boat in the evening and Glide through the smaller back waters and see the centuries’ old traditions of Alleppey village life in this one hour wooden canoe excursion through backwater canals.

Traditional fishing
Watching the staff demonstrate traditional net fishing is a lovely experience. Trying your hand using a bamboo fishing rod during the evening halt only adds to the entertainment.

Note :- The catched fish is taken by crew to their home, it is not offered in the boat to guest

Indoor Games
ry your hand at the Indian board game carom in the boat

Home entertainment

A home theatre music system allows guests to enjoy a music-filled experience.

Village Walk
Guests are encouraged to partake in a sinuous walk through the village. Visits include famous temples, churches, and other historical places during the course of the cruise.

Back water House Boat Details and Food Options

  • Spacious lobby consisting of two chairs with a coffee table, mattresses are arranged to get a better view and breeze, just behind the captain's seating and a dinning table
  • Music is available, but try to carry a usb or mobile with music.
  • A bed room with attached bathroom, very neatly maintained and the mattress are comfortable. The bathroom is very neatly maintained too however at times in the trip the water can be muddy. 
  • Bedroom also has a private slid-able window to get the view.


  • - Choice of Kerala dishes/ North Indian dishes.
  • - Excellent food with lunch, dinner, snacks and breakfast.
  • - Lunch meal consisted of a couple of curries, rice sambar along with dessert and fruits.
  • - Dinner consisted of rotis, Chicken Curry,dal, rice, fruits.
  • - Evening tea and snacks
  • - Breakfast Includes Omlette, Dosa, Sambhar, Chutney etc

Back water Tourism Alleppey

Alleppey the ideal headquarters for backwater tourism as well as for visits to the lovely church filled town of Kottayam, and the town of Aranmula, famous for its historic Aranmula Snake Boat Race which is an annual event. 

Snake Boat Race - Alleppey

Alleppey is also known for its spectacular snake - boat races held on the second Saturday of August, every year. This competition - the Nehru boat race takes its name from India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who inaugurated in 1952. It is excitement all around as snake - boats , each manned by over a hundred oarsmen, cut through the waters like wind. The event is a tremendous success with tourists and the local population alike.

How to reach Alleppey

How to Reach Alleppey by Air:
The nearest airport to Alleppey is the Kochi Airport which is located 54kms away from Alleppey. Another important airport near Alleppey is Trivandrum Airport which is at a distance of 154kms.

How to Reach Alleppey by Rail:
Alleppey is connected to the major cities of Kerala like Cochin, Kottayam, Changanassery and Chengannur. There are ferry services to Alleppey where you can enjoy the scenic beauty of the backwaters.

How to Reach Alleppey by Road:
Alleppey is connected by a number of interconnecting roadways to different parts of South India. National Highway 47 passes through Allepey.

When to visit Alleppey

The climate of Alappuzha is generally temperate and humid and relatively more pleasant in the winter season. The best time to visit this district is between August - September to February - March.