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Private Full-Day Kerala Backwaters Houseboat Tour With Lunch & Pickup From Kochi

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US$ 140.00
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    Stop At: Vembanad Backwaters, back waters, Kumarakom, Kerala 686144, India

    We will pick you up from anywhere in Kochi and we will drive  to Alleppey or Kumarakom as per your preference. If you are not staying in Kochi, you will be picked up near Princess Street in Fort Kochi. If you are arriving in the airport, Cochin Airport Pickup is available as well.

    Our driver will pick you up by private A/C car and from there you will be driven to Kumarakom or Alleppey where you will check in to the Kerala houseboat .  Enjoy  a tender coconut welcome drink as the crew get ready for the cruise. Set out on an enchanting overnight backwater cruise in traditional Kerala style "Kettuvallam" Houseboat. While cruising in this floating vessel, let your eyes enjoy the scenes of the Kerala countryside as you skim past children waving at you, mowed down paddy fields, local inhabitants as they make coir products, rustic homes, ferry transporting fish and coconut and swaying coconut palms.

    You will be served a traditional a Kerala lunch in a banana leaf at noon along with fish prepared in Kerala style. You may enjoy the lunch while the houseboat is cruising on these backwaters. Take a siesta or enjoy the scenes along the shores in the afternoon. Some of the typical scenes you will see include a ferry boat moving along with school children, people working in paddy fields, or a tuk tuk moving along the shore. Around 4 PM, you will be served tea along with snacks like banana fritters and biscuits. Check out from the houseboat in the evening and return back to Kochi by 7 PM after a wonderful day spent enjoying Kerala's famous backwaters. Go back  with many memories of this beautiful and unique backwaters of Kerala.

    We will customise the houseboat day tour for an early check in and early checkout based on your departure from ship or airport. Please note that you will be provided with a trusted driver who can communicate with you and understand English. This individual is not a guide. If you are looking for an English speaking guide, please book the tour option with guide.  The guide will be with you from Kochi Pickup will Kochi Drop. Italian/Russian speaking guides are also available at a nominal extra charge.

    Duration: 7 hours

    Stop At: Kerala Backwaters, India

    Our representative will pick you from your location at Kochi ( including any resort, airport and port )and will be provided A/C transportation in private car. We should try to depart from Cochin at 9.00 AM so that we can reach the destination for houseboat day cruise like Alleppey or Kumarakom within 75 minutes. Check in to the houseboat by 11 AM ad start the cruise by 11.30 AM after the welcome drink. You can enjoy the attractive sights of Kerala country side while your backwater cruises.

    Enjoy the scenes in a Kerala country side in a backwater cruise. The backwater cruise in lets you skim past verdant paddy fields, view rustic homes, vast coconut groves, swaying coconut palms and local inhabitants involved in coir production etc. Start from Alleppey and enjoy the beauty of Vembanad Lake, you can explore the mystic beauty of backwater attractions in Alleppey. The route provides you with enchanting scenic sights and takes your one day for the travel.

    For Lunch we will have Kerala Houseboat Menu like Sambar, Rice, Aviyal, Thoran, Pappad, Curd, Pickle, Green Salad and non-veg variants like Chicken curry, Karrimeen Fish Fry which is special in Kerala. After having lunch, continue with the sightseeing in Alleppey, later the tea and snacks will be served by 3.30 PM. By evening 5.00PM, check out from the houseboat and start return journey to Kochi. We will drop you back in the city or airport by 7.30 PM. If you have an early flight or ship then we can leave early from the houseboat so that you have a stress-free and comfortable departure.

    Duration: 5 hours

    Pass By: Alappuzha To Cherthala, SH40, Kavunkal, Muhamma, Kerala 688525, India

    We will be proceeding through State Highway
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Kochi (Cochin), Kochi (Cochin), Ernakulam District, Kerala

    Traveler pickup is offered
    We will pick you up from anywhere in Kochi City, Airport or Railway Station


    • Kochi Airport, Kochi (Cochin) India

    Kochi Port
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • 5-Hour Boat Cruise
    • Pickup and drop-off in your hotel Kochi/Fort Kochi or Kochi Airport
    • English Speaking Guide if you are booking the tour option with guide
    • Bottled water
    • Snacks
    • Lunch
    • Afternoon tea
    • Private air-conditioned vehicle with Chauffeur to go from Kochi to Alleppey and back only for your group
    • Entry/Admission - Vembanad Backwaters
    • Entry/Admission - Kerala Backwaters
    • Alcoholic drinks (Available to purchase on prior request)
    • Expenses of any personal nature (Phone calls, laundry, and camera entry fee, etc)
    • Tips, Porter Charges, Airfare, Monument Entry Fee
    • Any additional expenses incurred due to any flight delay or cancellation, weather conditions, political closures, etc
    • Requirement for serving soft drinks and mild beverages will invite additional cost as per tariff, direct payment by guests.
    • Any other services not specified above
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required and 7 people for the special family package
    • A maximum of 14 people per booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Infant seats available
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    Reviewed 26 April 2019

    Everything went very well. Our driver was on time and a good driver. The houseboat was clean and comfortable. Food was ver good. The trip was very nice. The staff were very pleasant.

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank Peter B
    Reviewed 15 January 2019 via mobile

    コチ到着後、ネットでこのツアーを見つけコンタクトを取りました。 迅速な対応で、翌日には私達の要望通りのキレイで清潔なハウスボートを用意してくれ、ランチもスナックもおいしかったです。スタッフの方も親切でした。 ホテル送迎付きで、良心的な値段で、満足です。 We found this tour through the internet, and told our requests. They immediately booked a houseboat which is clean and beautiful and it was exactly we looked for. Lunch and snack specially cooked for us on the boat are very tasty. All...More

    2  Thank wakana-takasaki
    Reviewed 2 January 2019

    We spoke to many people before booking a houseboat in Kumarakom or Alleyppey and they mentioned it was miserable. We wanted to do our research before because we heard it was a hit-or-miss! We experienced the outmost opposite! BE SURE TO BOOK IRIS. We had...More

    Date of experience: December 2018
    3  Thank nmalhotra2010
    Reviewed 14 November 2018

    This is Supreet from bangalore .We went for munnar -allepey combination for 4 days and had a splendid experience Hotel was a 3 star hotel as i prefered not to go for a luxurious hotel, rather focused on places to visit . but was clean...More

    Date of experience: November 2018
    5  Thank Supreetph
    irisholidays_team, Owner at Iris Holidays, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2018

    Dear Supreet, Thanks for letting us know that you had a splendid holiday in Kerala. Our team was so happy to read your review about experience in Thekkady and Alleppey and thanks for showing trust in Kerala Tourism after floods and your testimonial will go...More

    Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

    A pleasure trip with full of excitement and pleasure experience. thanks to our planner, handy cab driver and other staff.More

    1  Thank DNPavan
    irisholidays_team, Owner at Iris Holidays, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2018

    Dear DNPavan, Thanks for letting us know that you had a and pleasure trip which was full of excitement in Kerala. We do try to ensure that we have been to all the resorts our guests are staying so that we can verify it for...More

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