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Kerala Backwaters Tours and Tickets

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The Kerala backwaters refers to a large region spanning some 558 miles (900 kilometers) consisting of an interconnected network of brackish lagoons, lakes, and canals. The best way to truly experience this beautiful area is aboard a traditional houseboat; journeys last anywhere from a few hours up to a few nights.

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Kerala Backwater Day Tour (Private) with Lunch from Cochin

Kerala Backwater Day Tour (Private) with Lunch from Cochin

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On this private, full-day houseboat tour, you’ll glide through lush paddy fields, picturesque lagoons, and scenic local villages in Alleppey’s backwaters. Get up close and personal with “God’s Own Country,” getting to know the Keralan countryside away from the roads. Tours include door-to-door vehicle transfers from either the airport, port, or your hotel, plus lunch and welcome drinks.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$103.15
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$103.15
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Kochi Private Tour: Overnight Alleppey Backwaters Houseboat Cruise

Kochi Private Tour: Overnight Alleppey Backwaters Houseboat Cruise

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Experience the tranquil beauty of Kerala's backwaters with this overnight Alleppey houseboat cruise from Kochi. Float past rural villages, coconut palms, rice paddies and more as you make your way through the narrow channels and expansive waterways known as the "Venice of the East". It's one of the best ways to escape the chaos of the city and truly relax and unwind on your trip to India.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.00
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$150.00
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Private Kerala Backwater Houseboat Day Cruise with Lunch from Cochin

Private Kerala Backwater Houseboat Day Cruise with Lunch from Cochin

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Cruise the backwaters of Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha, on a 7-hour tour from Fort Kochi and discover the famous inland waterways of Kerala by a traditional houseboat. See traditional villages and backwater boats and more. Alleppey is located between the Arabian Sea and a web of rivers flowing into it. In the early 20th century, the Viceroy of the Indian Empire, Lord Curzon, was so mesmerized by the scenic beauty that he declared that Alleppey was “The Venice of the East.”
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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$125.00
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Half Day Village Backwater Country Boat Cruise : Group Tour from Fort Cochin

Half Day Village Backwater Country Boat Cruise : Group Tour from Fort Cochin

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Cruise the fabled Keralan backwaters by traditional Non Mechanized Country boat on a 6-hour tour from Fort Cochin, and see the villages along the lush canals. Enjoy a vegetarian lunch in the countryside, and immerse yourself in the everyday lives of the locals.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.00
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$33.00
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3 Nights 4 Days Munnar Alleppey Private Tour with Exclusive Houseboat Stay

3 Nights 4 Days Munnar Alleppey Private Tour with Exclusive Houseboat Stay

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Cover some of Kerala’s best-known attractions on this multi-day cruise through “God’s Own Country” in a traditional thatched houseboat. Explore the misty, wildlife-packed hills of Munnar, see top colonial sites in historic Cochin, and float along Alleppey’s famous backwaters. Tasty onboard meals are included. Upgrade to include optional horse rides, Ayurvedic massages, or Kathakali dance shows.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$242.63
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$242.63
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Kochi Private Tour: Kerala Backwater Houseboat Day Cruise in Aleppey

Kochi Private Tour: Kerala Backwater Houseboat Day Cruise in Aleppey

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Discover the famous Alappuzha waterways during this seven-hour tour from Fort Kochi. Experience the beauty and tranquillity of one of Kerala's most-prized destinations as you float along the network of waterways aboard a traditional house boat. Enjoy an up close look at rural life and stunning nature during this memorable day on the water.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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$125.00
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From Cochin Port: Backwaters by Houseboat & Chinese Nets

From Cochin Port: Backwaters by Houseboat & Chinese Nets

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Explore the backwaters of Kerala by houseboat on a group tour specially designed for cruise ship passengers from Cochin Port. Enjoy lunch aboard the boat in Alappuzha, and then visit Fort Kochi to see the famous Chinese fishing nets.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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$80.00

5 Days Premium Kerala Tour Package - Private Tour with Exclusive Houseboat Stay

5 Days Premium Kerala Tour Package - Private Tour with Exclusive Houseboat Stay

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Simplify your tour of Kerala and keep every member of the group happy with this varied five-day tour. Experience Fort Kochi’s diverse culture, spot wildlife at Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary, enjoy the cooler climate and tea fields of Munnar, and relax on an overnight houseboat cruise of the backwaters. The itinerary is customizable to suit your needs and interests. Enjoy the trip without having to arrange the logistics yourself.
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  • 5 days
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$369.09
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$369.09

Kerala Package for 8 Days Includes All Transfer,Sightseeing and Accommodation

Kerala Package for 8 Days Includes All Transfer,Sightseeing and Accommodation

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Experience the best of Kerala without the hassle on this eight-day tour. Starting in Cochin and ending in Kovallam, you’ll enjoy the highlights of the small South Indian state, including beaches, a backwater cruise, tea estates, mountains, and wildlife. You’ll cover a lot of ground in just over a week, and see more than you could comfortably fit in if traveling alone. This is an ideal tour for families or groups who want to avoid complicated travel logistics and just relax and have a good time.
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  • 8 days
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$610.00
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$610.00
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Backwaters Houseboat Cruise in Aleppey with Lunch from Cochin - Private Tour

Backwaters Houseboat Cruise in Aleppey with Lunch from Cochin - Private Tour

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Cruise the backwaters of Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha, on a 6 -7 hour tour from Fort Kochi and discover the famous inland waterways of Kerala by a traditional houseboat. See traditional villages and backwater boats and more. Alleppey is located between the Arabian Sea and a web of rivers flowing into it. In the early 20th century, the Viceroy of the Indian Empire, Lord Curzon, was so mesmerized by the scenic beauty that he declared that Alleppey was “The Venice of the East.”
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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$125.00
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Group Shore Excursion from Cochin Port

Group Shore Excursion from Cochin Port

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Enjoy a houseboat tour on the inland waterways of Kochi when your cruise ship pulls into the Kochi port. Travel to Alleppey (Alappuzha) to board a traditional houseboat that takes you on a 2-hour cruise through scenic waterways lined with villages, rice paddies and coconut palms. Sample the delicious cuisine of Kerala during a lunch served on board your vessel. Afterward, transfer to an air-conditioned coach to see the highlights of Fort Kochi, including the Chinese fishing nets.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$27.50
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$27.50

Private Houseboat Backwater Day Cruise tour with Lunch from Cochin

Private Houseboat Backwater Day Cruise tour with Lunch from Cochin

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Kerala backwaters offer a lifetime experience to explore the scenic and stunning backwaters of Alleppey and Kumarakom. A chain of brackish lagoons and canals linking five large lakes, Kerala Backwaters is a maze of water bodies stretching over 900 kilometers. One of the most important aspects of tourism in Kerala, the backwaters were used traditionally as waterways to ferry rice and spices from one place to another in kettuvallams, or the traditional rice barges, which now form the major tourist attraction and ferry tourists and visitors from one destination to another.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$115.00
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$115.00

Kochi Shore Excursion for 'Silver Moon' Passengers. Pick & Drop @ Ship.

Kochi Shore Excursion for 'Silver Moon' Passengers. Pick & Drop @ Ship.

When the Costa Victoria docks at Kochi, make the most of Kerala on a pre-arranged backwater cruise or Kochi shore excursion that frees you from planning anything yourself. Choose to cruise Kerala’s backwaters by houseboat followed by a panoramic Kochi tour. Or delve deeper into Kochi: seeing its Chinese fishing nets and other sights by foot and tuk-tuk. Round-trip transport matching your ship arrival and departure makes everything worry-free.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.00
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$50.00
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From Cochin Port: Backwaters by Shikara (Covered Canoe Boat) & Chinese Nets

From Cochin Port: Backwaters by Shikara (Covered Canoe Boat) & Chinese Nets

Explore the backwaters of Kerala by Shikara (Covered Canoe Motorized Boat) on a group tour specially designed for cruise ship passengers from Cochin Port. Enjoy a Keralan lunch or Snacks in Alappuzha, and then visit Fort Kochi to see the famous Chinese fishing nets.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.00
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$60.00

Cochin (Kochi) Shore Excursions from Cruise Terminal Ships Pier

Cochin (Kochi) Shore Excursions from Cruise Terminal Ships Pier

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Make the most of your time at shore and take a tour of Kochi’s main highlights. There are three different itineraries based on the day of travel which visits key landmarks including the Kerala backwaters, the traditional Chinese fishing nets, the St. Francis Church, and Fort Kochi. Learn about the history of Kochi from your guide and enjoy a hassle-free trip during this shore excursion.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$27.50
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$27.50

Kochi Private Tour: Kerala Backwater Shikara (Shaded Canoe Boat) Day Cruise

Kochi Private Tour: Kerala Backwater Shikara (Shaded Canoe Boat) Day Cruise

With its palm-fringed waterways, Alleppey—Venice of the East—is one of South India’s most scenic spots. But the most stunning locations are only accessible to boats. During this exclusive backwater tour, you’ll hop a traditional Shikara, or Indian canoe, to cruise past coconut palms, picturesque villages, and lush rice paddies. Get a peek at rural life in Kerala while you relax and glide down Alleppey’s iconic canals.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.00
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$70.00
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Munnar Package Tour.

Munnar Package Tour.

Specially designed for Celebrity cruise passengers, this scenic off-shore excursion gives you the best of Kerala in a single day. Cover the highlights of history-filled Kochi, from Portuguese palaces to the bustling spice market. Or, opt to spend the day drifting in a traditional houseboat on the stunning backwaters, with a curry lunch cooked onboard by your own private chef.
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  • 8 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$525.00
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$525.00
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Kochi Private Tour: Overnight Alleppey Backwaters Luxury Houseboat Cruise

Kochi Private Tour: Overnight Alleppey Backwaters Luxury Houseboat Cruise

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Spend the night on one of Kerala's famous houseboats and experience the tranquil beauty of life in the backwaters. This two-day tour for you and your friends offers up plenty of rural landscapes. Navigate the waters of the "Venice of the East" and learn why this destination attracts tourists from across the globe. Sample local cuisine cooked fresh on board and relax in one of the nation's most peaceful settings. 
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  • 2 days
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$240.00
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$240.00
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Kochi Private Tour : Backwater Cruise in Aleppey

Kochi Private Tour : Backwater Cruise in Aleppey

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Experience the charm of Kerala's backwaters with this tour from Fort Kochi. You’ll spend around three hours cruising the waters near Alappuzha, passing by local villages and untouched natural areas along the way. You'll also have your choice between a variety of vessels, from simple shikara canoes to fancier deluxe houseboats.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.00
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$65.00
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Cochin Group Shore Excursions from Cruise Terminal Pier

Cochin Group Shore Excursions from Cruise Terminal Pier

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If you're traveling by cruise to Cochin and want the chance to explore a bit more of Kerala, this shore excursion might be the perfect fit. Three itineraries are available, depending on your arrival date, which could have you either visiting the backwaters on a traditional houseboat, visiting the historic sites of Fort Cochin, or both!
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  • 4 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$27.50
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$27.50

From Cochin Port: Backwater Cruise by Houseboat

From Cochin Port: Backwater Cruise by Houseboat

Explore the backwaters of Kerala by houseboat on a group tour specially designed for cruise ship passengers from Cochin Port. Enjoy lunch or Tea /Coffee Snacks aboard the boat in Alappuzha
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$88.40
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$88.40

6 Days Kerala Premium Tour Packages- Glimpses of Kerala with Sanguine

6 Days Kerala Premium Tour Packages- Glimpses of Kerala with Sanguine

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Save yourself the hassle of booking transport, hotels, and activities with an easy six-day tour of Kerala. The private, customizable itinerary includes many natural and cultural highlights of the South Indian state. Tour the tea fields and wildlife sanctuaries in the hills, cruise on the serene backwaters from Alleppey, and learn more about Kerala’s culture and history by sightseeing in Fort Kochi.
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  • 6 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$458.57
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$458.57

Alappuzha Backwaters & Beaches Bike Tour

Alappuzha Backwaters & Beaches Bike Tour

This cycle tour will cover the less visited rural areas in Alappuzha district. Our morning ride will cover the Kuttanad region of Alappuzha, also known as the "Rice Bowl of Kerala", where rice is grown 4 to 10 feet below sea level. Ride across the paddy fields along the river banks and view the local rural life from close quarters. After enjoying a typical Kerala Lunch in banana leaf, our afternoon ride will cover the beaches in Alappuzha district. Hop from one beach to another in the coastal route along the Arabian Sea.
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  • 8 hours
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$150.00
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$150.00
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Kochi Food Tour

Kochi Food Tour

Food Tour Kochi. One finds a plethora of food joints in Kerala that visitors would love to explore. A representative scene of these foodies could be found in Kochi. The people adaptive to variety in Kochi scenario is an attitude inculcated in them by the European settlers or British Colonizers. Other ethnic groups settlers from Gujarat, Goa, and Tamilnadu have also contributed their tastes and flavours as well. This is a tour along' the famous Palace Road of Mattancherry downtown which show cases each and every one taste of those
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$17.50
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$17.50
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