Kerala's Backwaters and Fishing Nets

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Enjoy the mesmerizing Kerala backwaters on this relaxing full day houseboat guided tour. Your expert guide will focus on your comfort and relaxation as you marvel at beautiful backwater sights and also visit the Chinese Fishing nets, characteristic of Fort Cochin. Experience the backwater village life and enjoy lunch at a farm house when you discover this Alleppey houseboat tour is perfect if you're searching for a unique experience and want to see India's natural beauty. Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha, rests on the Western side of the Arabian Sea. The remarkable network of rivers flowing into it gave Alappuzha the nickname ""The Venice of the East"" in the early 20th century. Explore this region of India's natural beauty by booking your excursion now.

Your houseboat tour begins with comfortable transportation from Port Cochin when you drive to Poothotta Backwater Village, approximately 45-minutes ride, to your beautifully crafted Kerala wooden houseboat. Before cruising the waterways, take a walking tour around Fort Kochi, a well-preserved historic neighborhood that reflects Cochin's colonial past. See the magnificent Chinese fishing nets that were a gift to Kochi from Chinese traders during the reign of Kublai Khan. Continue to St. Francis Church, one of the oldest European churches in India and built by Portuguese Franciscan friars in 1503. Also admire the Santa Cruz Basilica, an architecturally impressive Catholic church, view the soaring spires and white-washed exterior and beautiful canvas murals inside. Meander around Mattancherry Palace and admire the amazing murals depicting scenes from Hindu legends.

Your palm-fringed backwaters cruise is on a private houseboat that is a traditional thatched craft typical of this area where these boats have been plying the waterways for centuries, connecting villages and transporting rice, spices and other goods. Gently cruising through scenic backwaters and village areas, you'll marvel at lush vegetation, paddy fields, coconut palms, and other noteworthy sights. At lunch time you'll enjoy a delicious and typical Keralan meal freshly prepared at a farm house.

After completing your cruise, transfer back to Fort Cochin and the harbor area. Dress lightly for the season and wear walking shoes for maximum comfort.

Please Note: A tourist visa is required to debark in India. Since tourist visas are not provided by cruise lines to visit India, you will need to obtain one prior to your cruise. The e-Tourist Visa is NOT available for cruise line passengers.

For United States citizens, please CLICK HERE to visit the "Embassy of India - Washington, D.C." website for the latest information and CLICK HERE for the "Cox & Kings Global Services" website to start your visa application.

For citizens of other nations, please CLICK HERE to visit "Indian Visa Online."

Shore Excursion Size
Small
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic, Water/Beach
Shore Excursion Duration
7 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level
Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
Traditional Keralan lunch and drinks
Recommended Dress
Comfortable, weather appropriate clothing, insect repellent, a cap, sunscreen, sunglasses and walking shoes. Camera for photos.
Restrictions
Guests must be able to step in and out of the vehicle and boat. This tour is NOT wheelchair accessible.

Please Note: A tourist visa is required to debark in India. Since tourist visas are not provided by cruise lines to visit India, you will need to obtain one prior to your cruise. The e-Tourist Visa is NOT available for cruise line passengers.

For United States citizens, please CLICK HERE to visit the "Embassy of India - Washington, D.C." website for the latest information and CLICK HERE for the "Cox & Kings Global Services" website to start your visa application.

For citizens of other nations, please CLICK HERE to visit "Indian Visa Online."
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 5 Reviews Review This Tour
4 StarsIntersting Cultural Tour of CochinApril 30, 2018

Reviewer: Shelly Rabinovitch
Enjoyed houseboat tour of backwaters. Included lunch, wonderful scenery. Saw the fishing nets, toured the old city and viewed the outside of the synagogue which was closed for Passover. Highly recommend this tour to people who want to see something different than regular tourist attractions.

5 StarsCochin April 23, 2018

Reviewer: Mary Steel
Excellent trip with a well informed guide. Excellent value for money and the meal served on the house boat was lovely. Would highly recommend

5 StarsGreat tripFebruary 12, 2018

Reviewer: Darlene Mecredy
Great staff, great itinerary, great meal. The boat was really nice, an entire houseboat for our small group. It was covered and had a fan so the heat wasn’t too much. It was interesting to see life for the Kerala people (middle class) along the river. We went for a nice walk to a church from the boat. Our group decided not to see the other church on the itinerary and went to a spice shop instead. The fishing nets were really interesting too. All in all a great day.

5 StarsReview fo the Kerala's House boat tourMay 10, 2017

Reviewer: Dr M D Chan
The arrangement is really good and the House boat is clean and tidy. We have a very lovely trip and highly recommended it as its almost half the price that the cruise company charged

4 StarsA Very Good Indian ExperienceDecember 26, 2016

Reviewer: Denise Does
Everything was good on this excursion. Our guide was friendly and helpful. The lunch was delicious and the van was comfortable.

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