• Location: Kochi, India
  • Duration: 6 hours 18 minutes (approx.)
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When your cruise ship docks in Kochi, discover the inland waterways of Kerala on a relaxing houseboat cruise. Explore the backwaters of Alleppey (Alappuzha) to see traditional villages, boats, and the Chinese fishing nets of Fort Kochi. Includes buffet lunch, all transportation, and commentary from your informative guide.


  • 6.5-hour shore excursion with backwaters houseboat tour and Chinese fishing nets, from Kochi
  • Experience traditional life on the waterways of Kerala from the houseboat
  • Try Kerala cuisine for lunch
  • See the Chinese fishing nets near Fort Kochi
  • Includes buffet lunch, houseboat cruise, transportation, and port pickup and drop-off

What You Can Expect

Your guide meets you at Kochi Port in the morning to start your tour.

Travel by air-conditioned bus for about two hours to reach Alleppey. Upon arrival, board the motor boat that transfers you to your houseboat. Relax as your houseboat cruises slowly through the backwaters, which feature lush vegetation, paddy fields, coconut palms, and traditional villages. 

Taste dishes that are typical of Kerala's cuisine when the crew serves up your buffet lunch on board the houseboat. Lunch includes savory rice, fish, chicken, and vegetable dishes.

When your boat returns to the pier after about 2.5 hours, disembark and return to Kochi, stopping by Fort Kochi to see the Chinese fishing nets along the way. The shore-operated lift nets are thought to have been introduced by Chinese traders from the 1400s, and they are a top sight in Kochi.

Your tour ends with drop-off at Kochi port by 4pm.

Customer Reviews

Christopher L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Wonderful trip with very entertaining guides. Thoroughly enjoyed the backwaters and were given a very tasty

Terence R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Excellent trip. Very helpful and informative guides. Would definitely recommend

Wendy H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017



5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

We were absolutely delighted with the tour. Was met off the ship as said . Was greeted with flowers by our tour guide Sanjay. It was quite a long journey to Alleppey, but Sanjay kept us informed all the way with the history of Kerala. The trip on the houseboat was so peaceful and the weather could not have been better as it was not too hot. We had a lovely lunch onboard cooked by the staff, it was delicious. On the way back to ship we had a stop at the Chinese fishing nets . We also stopped at a washing dobhi which was really interesting. There were 12 of us on this tour. I cannot praise Sanjay high enough. Would highly recommend the trip and would certainly use Viator again as from start to finish everything was great.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Extremely well-organised. Like the official cruise line excursion we expected to be on a large motor boat, with lunch at some hotel somewhere, but no! There were 2 groups of us - 14 and 16 - on 2 houseboats lazily sailing round the idyllic backwaters while two chefs prepared our delicious, Keralan-style lunch. Our houseboat had 2 en-suite bedrooms, a galley, and lounge/dining area. The whole was spotless, and our guide was friendly and informative. We couldn't believe that not only was the whole trip almost half the price of the official Celebrity Constellation excursion, but listening to Celebrity excursionists, twice as enjoyable!

Philip G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Christmas Day on a house boat in kochi was so different ,no sprouts our potatos to peel.just gliding along on the back waters with local families doing there washing our washing themselves our doing as we were ,day out on a boat wishing us happy Christmas and waving happily.our coach was on time very clean and good air conditioning,our guide spoke very good English and was very pleasant,the house boat was charming,the crew friendly,the food they cooked was delicious.our boat driver,was a character who loved to blowing the boats horn using his big toe ,a wonderful Christmas to remember

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