Kerala Houseboat Sightseeing Tour

Kerala Houseboat Sightseeing Tour

Kerala Houseboat Sightseeing Tour


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Revel in the tropical scenery and rich heritage lining Kerala’s backwaters

Experience the infectious charm of Kerala’s backwaters as you spend two nights soaking in the sights from a houseboat.

Explore the attractions sprawled across Cochin, like Dutch Palace, Cochin Harbor, Fort Kochi beach, Hill Palace, and St Francis Church.

Bask in total relaxation in tropical Kumarakom by getting an Ayurvedic massage and visiting the bird sanctuary.

Stop at local markets dotting the banks of the backwaters while you houseboat and admire how the traditional boat-building tradition lives on!

Discover the rich, fascinating culture of India’s tropical state of Kerala on the 6-day tour Kerala Houseboat Sightseeing Tour! You’ll cruise to Cochin, Kumarakom, and along the postcard-worthy backwaters lacing through Alleppey. While the warm climate and tropical palm trees attract visitors to Kerala, it’s the charming, friendly locals and introduction to India’s rich heritage that will leave a lasting memory. This tour provides a seamless blend of both—and then some!

As you bask in the warm weather, spend time exploring the array of attractions around Cochin, where beaches, lofty palaces and museums, and tales of its history of trading spices and sandalwood live on. When you hop on the houseboat, you’ll catch a more in-depth glimpse of daily local life as you float through small villages lining the backwater banks. Meanwhile, in Kumarakom, you’ll experience a mixture of relaxation and outdoor charm, relaxing with an Ayurvedic massage and watching birds flock at the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. The Kerala Houseboat Sightseeing Tour is like no other!

Kerala Houseboat Sightseeing Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Cochin

Meet and greet a tour representative at Cochin International Airport before transferring to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day exploring this charming, infectious city, where rich heritage meets modern-paced life.

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Hotel in Cochin

Day 2 Go to the houseboat

Enjoy breakfast before you go on a sightseeing tour around Cochin. Check out the Jewish synagogue, Dutch Palace, Cochin Harbor, Fort Kochi Beach, Hill Palace, and St Francis Church. After, you’ll begin your 1.5-hour drive to Alleppey, where your houseboat adventure awaits! Admire the palm-tree-lined banks and skinny canals. Spend the evening gazing at the stars lighting up the dark sky while you enjoy tasty authentic dishes from Kerala onboard!

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Overnight on houseboat
Breakfast, dinner

Day 3 Enjoy the houseboat

Spend the day admiring the natural scenery unfolding along the backwater banks. Stop at local markets, watch men partake in the ancient boat-building tradition, and relax!

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Overnight on houseboat
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 Discover Kumarakom

Disembark your houseboat and step into another tropical oasis, Kumarakom. Marvel at the canals decorated with white lilies and the abundance of greenery, from coconut groves to mangrove forests. Spend the day at your leisure!

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Hotel in Kumarakom

Day 5 Leisure day in Kumarakom

Enjoy another lovely day in paradise! Opt to cool off in the backwaters or go for an Ayurvedic massage. If you're a bird enthusiast, it’s suggested to check out the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.

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Hotel in Kumarakom

Day 6 Head to Cochin Airport

Bask in the amenities of the resort during the morning before driving to Cochin International Airport. The tour ends once you reach the airport.

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Kerala Houseboat Sightseeing Tour Price and Dates

This guided tour in Kerala is always run as a private tour for your group onl. Please note that the prices might increase during public holidays.

Prices below are per person:

  • Guided Groups of 2-10: $1,024USD per person
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Accommodation on the Kerala Houseboat Sightseeing Tour

This tour will have you staying in 5-star hotels with luxurious amenities. You will also spend two nights in a houseboat! Do note that rooms are double occupancy, but you can often upgrade to single occupancy for an additional fee. Single travellers are also required to pay a supplement.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may be swapped for other similar accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement to have a private room in a hotel.

Taj Malabar Resort & Spa in Cochin

Admire Cochin Harbour from the comfort of your swanky room.

Night 2-3

Aircon Houseboat

Enjoy a relaxing evening aboard a traditional-looking houseboat that offers the necessary modern amenities to induce comfort.

Taj Kumarakom Resort & Spa in Kumarakom

Situated along Vembanad Lake, this hotel offers luxurious comfort. Enjoy the pool and swim-up bar!

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the Kerala Houseboat Sightseeing Tour?


5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners are included on this tour.


Accommodation for 5 nights is included on this tour.

Transportation during the Tour

Personal and luggage transportation is included throughout the tour.

Also Included

  • Guide
  • Entrance fees where applicable

Not included

  • Flights to and from Cochin International Airport
  • Lunches and dinners on days not mentioned
  • Tour guide gratuity
  • Personal necessities such as drinks during mealtimes

Optional Extras

  • Single occupancy upgrades
  • Extra nights before or after the tour

Frequenty Asked Questions about Kerala Houseboat Sightseeing Tour

How hard is the Kerala Houseboat Sightseeing Tour?

This tour is rated as a 1 / 5. It’s suitable for any level of fitness.

Do I need a visa to travel to India?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Kerala Houseboat Sightseeing Tour?

5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 2 dinners are included on this tour.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Cochin to start this tour?

You can fly to Cochin International Airport (COK), where you will be met by your guide.

Is the Kerala Houseboat Sightseeing Tour in English?

Yes, the tour guide speaks English.

Where does the Kerala Houseboat Sightseeing Tour end?

The tour ends at Cochin International Airport, where you can catch your flight home.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to India?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for India?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to India for this tour?

The best time to travel to Kerala for this tour is from September to March when the weather is pleasant.


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