• 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

Dillon C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Brilliant tour and so well organised. So much more then i expected . I so highly recommend this as a shore excursion. Fantastic value. Guides were very good.

Sarah L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Amazing trip. The coach was waiting at the port for us and our brilliant guides, Crispin and Babu, kept us informed and entertained on the 2 hour journey to Allepey. Our party was split in to 2 groups of 16 for each houseboat which meant that there was plenty of room on board. The trip through the backwaters was incredible. Keralan curry buffet lunch on the boat was fantastic. The trip on the way back to the Chinese fishing nets was a bit disappointing to be honest. Looks nothing like the amazing images you see online. Very crowded, rubbish everywhere, a fish market that smells rank and a lot of hassle from hawkers who will just not take no for an answer. Didn't spoil the day though because the houseboat had been so good. Would definitely recommend it.

Frank K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

It was the best excursion on our India Cruise. Very relaxing and charming.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This was a rewarding trip from start to finish, You see the real India as you gently go round the different waterways. The houseboat we travelled on was a quite large boat and it was very roomy on board, there were two bedrooms with toilet facilities which were very clean and tidy. Three of crew cooked us a very nice meal, they were congratulated by all the tourist passengers. Well done.
I can recommend this tour to anyone calling at Kochi.

William S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

I would highly recommend this trip it is good value for the money compared to rip off prices aboard cruise liner.
We were on a lovely houseboat the trip lasted about two hours , there we were treated to Indian meal made on board
which was excellent. After the trip up river we were taken to a church then on to see the Chinese Nets, the guide was
very good explaining everything and he did not rush the trip unfortunately I have misled his name.
Coming off the cruise sehip it was easy to find the guide as he had a large blue umbrella with companys name on it.
This is a trip not to be missed.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

We were meet from the cruise ship and taken on a 1:45 journey to the house boat. On way guide told us about the area. There were several Hindo festivals taking place. Not every day you get see an elephant being transported on back of truck. Boat ride was great. We were split into groups of 14. Plenty of room. On board toilets. Lunch was cooked on board tasty. It was good to have the. Chance to try local food. Usual comfort stops at local shops on route back. A bit more time at the fishing nets would have been nice

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.

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