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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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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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$26.00
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$26.00
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Kochi Private Tour: Kerala Backwater Houseboat Day Cruise

Kochi Private Tour: Kerala Backwater Houseboat Day Cruise

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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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$166.40
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$166.40
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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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$85.00
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$85.00

Kerala Backwaters Houseboat Cruise with Lunch from Cochin - Private Tour

Kerala Backwaters Houseboat Cruise 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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$119.60
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$119.60
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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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Kochi Private Tour : Backwater Cruise in Aleppey

Kochi Private Tour : Backwater Cruise in Aleppey

Discover the famous Alappuzha waterways during this 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 or Shikara Canoe Boat . Enjoy an up close look at rural life and stunning nature during this memorable day on the water.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$67.60
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$67.60
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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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In this 5 days tour we will take you to - Munnar hill station, Periyar wildlife sanctuary (Thekkady), Alleppey Backwaters (Stay in a private Moving Premium Houseboat) and Cochin City Tour
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  • 5 days
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$352.00
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$352.00

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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$231.40
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$231.40
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Kochi Shore Excursion- Private Day Tour of Heritage and Backwaters

Kochi Shore Excursion- Private Day Tour of Heritage and Backwaters

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This incredible tour showcases the best of Kerala and creates the perfect opportunity to enjoy rural South Indian life. Enjoy a rival cruise along the Alleppey backwaters in a traditional house boat. Savor the flavors of local Kerala cuisine cooked on board and tour Fort Cochin, see the famous Chinese fishing nets, check out St Francis Church and tour Dhobi Khana.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$234.00
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$234.00
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7-Night Kerala Tour to Kochi, Munnar, Periyar, Allepey and Kovalam

7-Night Kerala Tour to Kochi, Munnar, Periyar, Allepey and Kovalam

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Hit the highlights of Kerala—India’s lush, beachside southern state on the Malabar Coast—during this multi-day guided tour. Cruise the backwaters of Alleppey on a traditional houseboat, check out a live Kathakali dance performance, and lounge on some of India’s most stunning beaches. Tours include all meals and overnights and airport or hotel pickup.
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  • 8 days
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$725.34
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$725.34

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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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

Private 7-Day Kerala Tour with Houseboat Cruise from Mumbai with 2-Way Flights

Private 7-Day Kerala Tour with Houseboat Cruise from Mumbai with 2-Way Flights

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Enjoy this private partially guided, 7-day best of Kerala tour that showcases the important places the area has to offer. Starting with Cochin heritage, see a Munnar tea plantation, the wildlife of Thekkady, Finally, enjoy an overnight backwater houseboat stay at Aleppey/Alappuzha,
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  • 7 days
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$1,040.00
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$1,040.00
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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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In this tour one can feel the aroma of spices, chillness of a hillstation, exciting wild life, bewitching backwaters and much more
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  • 6 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$437.34
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$437.34

Kochi Backwater Experience including transfer by Tuk Tuk

Kochi Backwater Experience including transfer by Tuk Tuk

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Tuk Tuks (auto-rickshaws) are the best way to see and explore Kochi and the surrounding area. Kochi Tuk Tuk Tours offer a flexible and friendly service tailor made to suit your needs. If you have little time, but would like to experience the backwaters, one of the main visitor attractions in Kerala, then why not book a transfer to a local jetty for a one hour experience by motor boat. If you would like to combine or extend this tour to visit Fort Kochi and Mattancherry this is also an option.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$52.17
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$52.17

Private Alleppey Houseboat Cruise with Overnight Stay from Kochi

Private Alleppey Houseboat Cruise with Overnight Stay from Kochi

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One of the most preferred ways to get close to the backwater life in Kerala is the houseboat stay. In this package we included a houseboat cruise with overnight stay at Alleppey backwaters. In the day time boat will cruise through the lake and experience the backwaters. Next day checkout from houseboat by 9 am, if interested visit Alleppey beach and then  come to Cochin (by car) do sight seeing  visit Santa Cruz Basilica, St Francis Church, Fort Kochi, Chinese fishing nets, Mattancherry Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Jew street etc and drop  at Hotel / Airport according to your requirement.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.22
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$120.22

Private Kerala Backwater Houseboat Day Cruise with Lunch from Cochin

Private Kerala Backwater Houseboat Day Cruise with Lunch from Cochin

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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$124.80
Price varies by group size
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$124.80
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Sunset Ride along Alappuzha coast

Sunset Ride along Alappuzha coast

Ride through the coastal road along the Arabian sea crossing town markets, villages, beaches, lighthouse, churches and temples.
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  • 3 hours
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$65.00
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$65.00
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Lush Malabar Coast And Colorful Kerala - A 6 Day Private Tour

Lush Malabar Coast And Colorful Kerala - A 6 Day Private Tour

Cover the highlights of lush, attraction-packed Kerala during this multi-day journey through “God’s Own Country,” which includes a backwaters cruise in a traditional houseboat. From tea gardens and spice plantations to centuries-old synagogues and Dutch-built colonial landmarks, you’ll get a complete introduction to the state. Tours include meals, accommodation, and door-to-door transportation.
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  • 6 days
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$946.00
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$946.00
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Relax In a Backwaters - A Two-night Excursion From Cochin With Private Transfers

Relax In a Backwaters - A Two-night Excursion From Cochin With Private Transfers

The backwaters in Kerala are a world of serenity and wonderment. This coastal region has a network of waterways, inlets from the sea, and estuaries of over forty rivers, lakes and natural canals connecting coastal towns. The interlinked body of waterways is known as the Kerala Backwaters. Over 550 miles of the Kerala backwaters are navigable and have been used for centuries by the local people for transportation. You will enjoy the scenery of this unique eco-region as you cruise these waters. Highlights • Cruise on the Kerala Backwaters  • Narrow Canals in a unique ecological region • View local village life • Active lifestyle of the region
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  • 3 days
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$421.00
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$421.00
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Shore Excursions from Cochin Cruise Terminal

Shore Excursions from Cochin Cruise Terminal

If you have a Cruise ship coming up and are looking for a shore excursion, here are some options. Three different tours are offered depending on your dates. One will take you out into Kerala's famous backwaters by houseboat, complete with a local lunch. A second itinerary involves a houseboat cruise and a trip to Fort Kochin, known for its Chinese Fishing Nets. The third is land-based, with visits to the Dutch Palace and historic Fort Kochi.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.00
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$26.00

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
Price varies by group size
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$150.00
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2 Days in Cochin (Kochi) Private Tour

2 Days in Cochin (Kochi) Private Tour

Enjoy this private , 2-days Cochin tour that showcases the important places the area has to offer. Starting with Morning guided Sightseeing of Fort cochin /Mattancherry and evening watch Kathakali dance show . Next day discover the famous Alappuzha backwater on a Houseboat
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  • 2 days
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$249.60
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$249.60
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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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$40.00
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$40.00
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Should I book Kerala Backwaters tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Kerala Backwaters can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Kerala Backwaters 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Kerala Backwaters costs USD 15.14. Guided Kerala Backwaters tours start around USD 15.14 per person.
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