• Location: Kochi, India
  • Duration: 7 hours 18 minutes (approx.)
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While docked in the Kochi port, go on an adventure through the backwaters of Kerala during this houseboat tour to the Fort Kochi region. Cruise down a river in a houseboat, taking in views of coconut palms and local homes before enjoying a traditional Indian lunch. Make a stop in Fort Kochi to see St. Francis Church, the Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, and the giant Chinese fishing nets.


  • Houseboat cruise to Kochi Fort from the Kochi port
  • Take a houseboat cruise down a river in Kerala
  • Eat a traditional Keralan lunch onboard the boat
  • Stop in the Fort Kochi region to go exploring
  • See St. Francis Church and the Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica
  • Catch sight of the Chinese fishing nets near Fort Kochi Beach
  • Round-trip transport is included

What You Can Expect

Your shore excursion from Kochi begins with pickup from the cruise boat, where you'll board a tour vehicle for the 1.5-hour drive to Alleppey (also known as Alapuzha). 

Once you arrive, step aboard a houseboat for a leisurely cruise through the inland waterways of Kerala. Relax as you glide past scenes of riverfront life, such as groves of coconut palms, local homes, and farms. Enjoy attention from the onboard staff, who will serve a traditional Keralan lunch of rice, fish, chicken, and vegetable dishes. 

At the end of your houseboat tour, go ashore near Fort Kochi to tour the area with a guide. See St. Francis Church, the Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, and the Chinese fishing nets near Fort Kochi Beach before drop-off back at the cruise port.

Customer Reviews

Rigby G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

We had a very enjoyable day - we did all the advertised activities, plus on the way out to the lake the guide spotted an elephant ceremony at a temple and we stopped for some great photos. The houseboat tour was very interesting and the lunch provided was excellent. It would have been better if we could have seen the nets working even a demonstration but I guess we were there at the wrong time of day.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Overall a good tour very good guide and houseboat tour and lunch good however let down by minibus which was probably best available but seats were small and cramped causing both of us to get leg cramps

Ann G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This was an amazing trip, met at the ship and taken on the tour in comfortable transport the ship did the same tour for 3 times the price The food on the houseboat was amazing, much better than expected, everyone cleared their plates and went up for seconds, a good look around the local area on our way back to the ship.

Susan G United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Fantastic value. Lovely staff, food, boat. Professional and fun. Would highly recommend.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This tour is an absolute must do when visiting Cochin. The backwater houseboat tour gave an enlightening glimpse into everyday life along the backwaters. The houseboat was very comfortable and the lunch representative of the flavours of Kerala. On return to Cochin the tour also took us to the city's highlights which was a perfect way to conclude a wonderful day.

Mark W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

This was super nice and enjoyable. Friendly guide and really enjoyed the backwater houseboat tour and city tour. Can highly recommend!

Gene L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

We had a great guide who spoke good English and answered lots of questions. The houseboat part of the tour was amazing. We did not do the 2nd day because of the extreme heat and didn't need to see temples. We saw the fishing nets from the ship which was interesting, but not enough to get out the 2nd day and see up close.

Carol T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Well organised trip with good standard of bus and boat. Guide was interesting with good English, and an excellent lunch was served on board. Highly recommended


4 star rating: Recommended August 2017

Lovely trip, very relaxing and interesting. Would recommend. We also had an excellent local lunch

Donald U

4 star rating: Recommended May 2017

Our tour provider was Carnival Tours. The guide and bus was waiting for us at the cruise terminal, he spoke good English and was quite knowledgeable. The bus was in good condition and the ride to the houseboat is approximately 2 hours. The houseboat trip itself is a little long as the scenery is mostly the same as you cruise the canals. The lunch served on the houseboat was an authentic Indian meal of fish, chicken, and rice and was very tasty in our opinion. The tour of Fort Kochi was about 5 hours long and we certainly enjoyed that also. We were taken to the sights that are a must see for most tourist.
All in all it was en enjoyable day and half we would recommend it as a way to see and experience some of what Kochi has to offer.

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