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When your cruise ship docks in Kochi, explore the backwaters of Allepey on a private houseboat. This private tour includes use of a private houseboat for you and your party, which will ferry you through the lush environment of Allepey while you eat a traditional Keralan meal. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the highlights of Kochi, including the St. Francis Church, the Chinese fishing nets, the Santa Cruz Basilica, and the local bazaars.
Biju could not have looked after us better. He was there to meet us off the ship and take us to Allepey to board the traditional houseboat for our tour. We spent a blissful couple of hours cruising slowly past all the scenes of local life along the banks while the skipper and crew helped us to spot local birdlife.
A delicious curry lunch, not too spicy as requested, was served on board with fresh fruit.
We then had time to see the main sights of Kochi before being dropped back at our ship in plenty of time for the embarkation time.
On the way we were lucky enough to see a Hindu festival at a site along the road which had music and no less than five elephants colourfully decked out. A photo stop that was a wonderful bonus.
I should mention that one of our party uses a wheelchair some of the time but is able to walk short distances and climb a few steps. Although this tour is not listed as wheelchair friendly, Viatour checked with Biju at the time of booking and it was agreed it would be ok. Indeed it was and Biju and the boat crew were very diligent in ensuring it was a comfortable trip for our friend.
Worth mentioning that hygiene standards were very good.
Others on our cruise were jealous when they heard how enjoyable our excursion was.
I definitely recommend it!
This tour was amazing. Biju picked us up from the cruise terminal on time and transferred 6 of us in a lovely comfortable minibus to Allepey. The houseboat was lovely with 2 en-suite rooms and lots of deck space. We were given coconut milk to drink from a coconut and lots of other fruits on arrival. We cruised through the backwaters which was amazing looking at local life. A lovely Kerala lunch was provided en route. After this Biju drove us back to Cochin . We had time for a visit to a church and to view the Chinese fishing nets and finally some local shopping. All in all a perfect day. Could not rate this tour more highly. He also took lots of photos of us and sent them to us which was so good of him