Kerala's Backwaters and Fishing Nets
Kerala's Backwaters and Fishing Nets
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. Cruise lines do not usually provide this visa, therefore, you will need to obtain one prior to your cruise.
A tourist visa is required to debark in India. Cruise lines do not usually provide this visa, therefore, you will need to obtain one prior to your cruise.
Reviewer: William Peter Barton
THIS WAS A VERY WELL ORGANIZED TOUR THANKS TO MUZIRIS HERITAGE TOURS AND GUIDE SHARM WHO WAS VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE. THE HOUSEBOAT TOUR WAS VERY INTERESTING AND THE INDIAN LUNCH SERVED WAS EXCELLENT AND GENEROUS. WE WERE ALSO ABLE TO VISIT HISTORICAL ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI CHURCH BUILT IN 1503 AS WELL AS JEWTOWN WHERE THE OLDEST SYNAGOGUE IN THE COMMONWEALTH WAS BUILT IN 1568. THERE WAS ALSO TIME TO VISIT A COOPERATIVE HANDICRAFT SHOP TO BUY WITHOUT UNDUE SALES PRESSURE. WE WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND SHORE EXCURSIONS GROUP FOR THIS TOUR AS WELL AS THE OTHER FIVE TOURS UNDERTAKEN THROUGH SEG.
Everything worked well on this port side tour including the timely pick up, great itinerary and very good guide. Lots of useful history was communicated during the drive to the boat launch - a drive that was very memorable given the informal road rules. The boat ride through the backwaters was excellent including a very tasty lunch. The brief visit to the Chinese fishing nets was also pretty cool. The only fault we found, one that is typical of many tours, is the final visit to a high end store that was of very little interest to most of the participants. Overall, a very good day!
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.
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
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.