Canoe Kerala
Boat ToursSightseeing ToursKayaking & Canoeing
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
We dream of a time when every inquisitive traveller on this planet can connect with local communities insanely effortless, enabling them to understand and appreciate the local culture, cuisine, lifestyle and more wherever they go! By fostering meaningful connections between travellers visiting the backwaters and the local population, our team helps promote responsible and sustainable tourism. We love spending time with travellers from all over the world who would like to involve themselves in the most fascinating water world on the planet in the most authentic way possible!
Kumarakom, India

Awards
Travellers' Choice
2023

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Manish Gahalout
New Delhi, India7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
During our recent visit to Kumarakom, Kerala, my partner and I had the pleasure of embarking on a scenic backwater shikara ride with Canoe Kerala. This experience was truly unforgettable, offering a unique perspective of the stunning backwaters that we would highly recommend to anyone visiting the region.

The shikara, a small, luxurious motorboat, was equipped with comfortable seating and shade, ensuring a relaxing and enjoyable journey. Vimal made the tour truly special, taking us through the sights and sounds of local village life and introducing us to the region's serene backwater village culture.The level of personalization and attention to detail was impressive.

Whether you're looking for a relaxing shikara ride, an exciting kayaking adventure, or a chance to immerse yourself in the local culture, Canoe Kerala has something for everyone.
Written 10 April 2024
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Georgia Davis
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Had a fantastic experience with Sanu. The sunset was phenomenal and followed by a lovely dinner cooked by his family. Would truly truly recommend
Written 3 April 2024
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Robyn R
London, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This may not be the cheapest Backwaters Tour available, but it was definitely worth the money. We were picked up from our hotel at 3 15 and taken down to the place from where the tour started. There we were greeted by the charming Sanu and his lovely wife Sidha and the programme for the afternoon and evening explained. From there we were taken on a small boat down the narrow canals of the backwaters, seeing beautiful birds, lotus and water hyacinths and the village people who live on thr banks of the canal for about two hours, returning to Sanu's pretty traditionally built home to pick up cups of chai and an Indian snack, before heading out to the lake to watch the sun go down. From there we headed back to our hosts' house where we were treated to a cooking demonstration in Sanu and Sidha's spotlessly clean kitchen - and were then able to eat the delicious food that they had cooked . We were finally taken back to our hotel about 9.30. It was a great experience and we would thoroughly recommend it.
Written 22 March 2024
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simondtz
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a wonderful tour through the backwaters. Our guide Vimal was super nice and took care of us very well. His positive and friendly manner made it a very special experience!
Written 22 March 2024
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Stay52139852539
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This is an amazing experience we would reccomend to everyone visiting Kumarakom and the area. They are super friendly and show you a lot of local life. We did the 3 hours trip in the morning, but we are sure the other tours are worth it as well. Thank you!
Written 22 March 2024
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Nick T
United Kingdom567 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wonderful experience after being told by our hotel that canoe trips could not be done and cancelled ours as there were too many reeds in the river!

Well they had not been cancelled and only once or twice were there reeds which our guide steered through with total ease

The views at sunrise were beautiful, the serenity on the canals with almost no other ‘traffic’ was incredible and we managed to see all manner of wild birds, water snakes and other interesting wildlife

Definitely a must do for any traveller to Kerala
Written 9 March 2024
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Thank you so much for the wonderful review!! Thank you for being a part of our journey.
Written 19 March 2024
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Ozolson
Newcastle, Australia4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The tour with Sunu was everything promised by them. It was great to hear up close and personal with the local villagers at the tea stop and temple/school walk. Sunrise was just magical and we saw some unforgettable sights of local farmers and workers on the backwaters.

We just felt the tour did not quite live up to the expectations presented in the reviews we read. No visit to a Toddy Shop as an example and not as much information offered.

None the less, very highly recommended.
Written 6 March 2024
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Dear Sir/Madam, In our Sunrise Cruise, we are trying to explore the village life experience, bird watching, local life experience, etc. We include watching Toddy Tapping activity in the early morning sunrise cruise as it's the ideal time to collect the toddy. We get a first hand experience of how Toddy is collected directly from the trees while watching the Toddy tapping activity. After the tapper collects the Toddy from the trees, he delivers it to a Toddy shop. Toddy Shops open by 10 AM and therefore we include the Toddy shop visit activity in our Midday Cruise and Sunset Cruises. Since the Toddy shops open at 10 AM and our Sunrise Cruise ends at 9 AM, we can't take our Cruise guests for a visit to the Toddy shops. We could have visited the Toddy shops during our Midday and Sunrise Cruises. Here are our inclusions from the Sunrise Cruise Experience: 1) Cruise the Canals in a Motorised/Non-motorised Canoe 2) Safety Gears and Jackets 3) Village Life Experiences 4) Opportunity to watch Toddy Tapping 5) Black Coffee/Tea with Cookies 6) Purified/Boiled Water in Glass or Metal Bottles. We do apologize for the non-fulfilment on your mind and we will strive towards perfection and make sure that we have nothing less than the 5 star for reviews.
Written 19 March 2024
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Jerry jimm
New York City, NY3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The cruises in the lake was lovely enjoyed the beauty of nature kerala Gods own Country. Food was lovely
Can't wait to visit again
Written 4 March 2024
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Thank you for your wonderful review!! We are thrilled to know that you have loved the experience here with us.
Written 5 March 2024
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722jacquih
Melbourne, Australia28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We took a sunrise trip with Sanu in his small boat with an awning. It meant we were close to the water to see things in detail but a stable boat so no wobbling! Watching the sun rise as a red ball above the trees was special. The bird life on the water is exceptional and Sanu knew much about what we were seeing. We travelled down a number of small canals and stopped for a welcome cup of tea in a village. Taking a boat trip from Kamarakom is highly recommended as there are few other boats out on the water and for most of our trip there were none. A very special experience which will stay in our memories a long time.
Written 2 March 2024
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Thank you for your wonderful review!! We are thrilled to know that you have loved the experience here with us.
Written 5 March 2024
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Edrian S
Singapore8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We did the sunset cruise and had a wonderful time. Out guide Sanu was very knowledgeable of the local birds. We saw loads of birds. We got wonderful views of Karala villages and saw the most amazing sunset. Highly recommend this
Written 27 February 2024
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Thank you for your wonderful review!! We are thrilled to know that you have loved the experience here with us.
Written 5 March 2024
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