This is a don't miss experience in Kochi. Our driver picked us up from our hotel right on time and had a very clean, comfortable car. The drive was about 1 hour, 45 minutes from Fort Kochi to Alleppey. We boarded the boat which included a driver, chef and guide - Retheesh, Gopi and Sabu were all amazing. They served three delicious meals - lunch, dinner and breakfast the next morning. There was a lot of fresh fish and Kerala specialities (vegetarian options are available).
This is a very relaxing experience and the waters are very calm. I am generally sea-sick prone, but had no nausea at all.
The bedroom was very comfortable. AC is provided on the Deluxe boats from 9 PM until 7 AM the next morning. The bathroom is small - but clean. The shower water was also pretty hot.
We were asked to visit a village - to visit a wood working shop and a church. They weren't particularly pushy about asking us to buy anything and receptive when we asked to leave.