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When your cruise ship drops anchor in Kochi, don’t spend precious vacation time planning visits to nearby attractions. Instead, let someone take care of planning and driving and quickly set off to see what the area has to offer. Take a trip on a traditional bamboo houseboat on Kerala’s backwaters, and then tour the city’s colonial-era forts and churches. Plus, lunch and round-trip transportation back to your ship are included.
Maximize your port stop with a guided excursion of Kochi
Let a guide worry about navigation to a bamboo houseboat, Fort Kochi, and the St. Francis and Santa Cruz churches
Value: this tour includes drinks and lunch on a bamboo houseboat and round-trip transport from your ship
Travel in an aid-conditioned vehicle, comfortable and convenient on hot days
A relaxing boat trip around the Kerala back waters
, Mar 2019
We were met by a bus at the cruise terminal and left around 9:00.
We then drove through the countryside to Alappuzha, which took about an hour and 45 mins, and where we then embarked onto a houseboat. The extremely comfortable houseboat, provided a relaxed tour of the idyllic Kerala back waters and lakes, which lasted almost 3 hours. Towards the end of the cruise, the crew provided a delicious freshly cooked traditional Indian buffet lunch, together with drinks.
After disembarking, we then drove back towards Fort Cochin, where we first stopped at the famous Chinese fishermen’s nets for a photo stop. We then continued on to the Matancherry/Dutch Palace, where there was time for either a quick visit, or shopping opportunities at the roadside stalls.
We returned to the cruise terminal just before 17:00.
Altogether a great value tour, a bit different and more relaxing than a normal land tour.
Der nette Guide stand pünktlich am Gate und brachte uns zu einem sehr gepflegtem Auto und die Tour ging los. Er sprach gut englisch und war sehr freundlich. Zu unserer großen Freude hatten wir für unsere Backwater-Tour ein schönes kleines Boot mit einer bequemen Liege und einem freundlichen Bootsführer für uns ganz alleine! Nach der sehr beeindruckenden Fahrt stand unser Guide wieder an der Anlagestelle und fuhr uns, diesmal zur willkommenen Abwechslung über eine kleinere Nebenstraße, wieder zurück zum Schiff. Ein Punkt Abzug da in der Tourbeschreibung ein Mittagessen inkludiert war und wir davon nichts gesehen haben. Aber ansonsten sehr empfehlenswert!!