Our most popular traditional Kerala houseboat cruise. The 1 night houseboat cruise is a unique experience of cruising along the interior rivers and backwaters to see the real village life and beauty of Alappuzha. Available in different ratings which sleeps from 2 Р8 as required.

An exclusive cruise for you along the Vembanad Lake, backwater,rivers, villages, lagoons, coconut groves and paddy fields. With cool breeze on your face, it is great to recline on your easy chair at the living space, watching the greenery and local life. Memories of a houseboat holiday will cherish long in your mind. This holiday can be extended to 2 or 3 night where you can travel to interior rivers and villages. Maximum it takes 4 nights to cover the whole backwater area where houseboats can cruise.

Village woman

What to expect

Other than in Holland, it is in Alappuzha and surrounding areas where paddy is cultivated below sea level (The paddy fields lie about 0.6 to 2 m below mean sea level). All green paddy fields are a feast for the eyes. Long stretch of coconut trees bordering the river is a beautiful sight. On the move, you can see a variety of livelihood and daily activities in the villages. Ask the captain for a shallow place for swimming. He is always happy find a suitable place for you. If you like to go for walks, we can halt at paddy fields, villages, toddy shops, schools, markets, temples, churches etc. It is even more pleasant to walk at the country side when the houseboat halt for evening rest. Carry some sweets or colour pencils to make village children happy. Canoeing after the houseboat halt is a superb option to explore smaller canals.

Typical houseboat food menu

Houseboat cuisine

Authentic traditional Kerala food is prepared and served on the boat. Mostly traditional and fresh vegetarian cuisine. But if you like fish and meat, do tell us when you book. Karimeen or Pearl Spot fish is a houseboat special. You love your own fish? We have fishing rods. Try your hands on fishing and the cook is thrilled to prepare your catch. If you require sea food, please inform in advance. We can buy it before you reach or you can buy it while on cruise from the floating markets.

It is a near to heaven experience to spent your night at the living space experiencing the silence which is intruded at times by the sound of waves. You can see distant lights from houses or a night fisherman passing by on his canoe or a frog’s cry searching for its mate. Imagine having your candle light dinner being among these ambience. You are 100% safe as the boat staff anchors the boat on a safe place and they sleep on the space provided for them. When your eyes feel heavy, retire to your air conditioned bed room and enjoy a sleep with the most gentle rocking by the waves. If it rains at night – the best!

When you wake up in the morning, you can see the cook preparing your breakfast. Mean time your bed coffee is getting ready, you are always welcomed to try your expertism or to learn a traditional Kerala breakfast.

Houseboat anchoring for lunch

Houseboat cruise timings

Cruise starts from its dock at Alappuzha by 12:00 noon. In few minutes you are away from the busy waterways. By 1:30 in the afternoon, the boat halts at river side for few minutes while you enjoy the traditional Kerala lunch. As per government rule, the boat is anchored from 05:30 in the evening to 7:30 to 8 am in the morning till the night fishermen takes their net off the water. This is also to maintain the serenity of the Nature. One night houseboat holiday ends by 9 am at the boat jetty, either at Alappuzha or at Kumarakom as specified while at booking. More than one night, the cruise continues to new routes to explore the beautiful backwater country side.

All Kerala houseboats now offer en-suite cabins with double bed / twin bed. Each room sleeps two people, But an extra mattress can also be provided if there is a third person. Luxury Houseboats offer full time Air-condition, whilst Deluxe boats offer air condition only at night hours, say after dinner.

Deluxe Houseboat cruise rates

  • The houseboat rates vary as per season. It is low in Monsoon, high in Winter and very high in Christmas and New Year season. Usually up to 25 – 30%. But we are here to negotiate for you. Earlier, the cheaper!
  • Larger boats with more number of people are less expensive per person than smaller boats. Cost is divided among.
No. of rooms 01 Oct 2016 – 31 May 2017 20 Dec 2016 – 10 Jan 2017 01 June – 15 Sept 2017
1 Bed room 9000 15000 7500
2 Bed room 13000 21000 9500
3 Bed room 18000 29000 14000
4 Bed room 21000 40000 18000

Houseboat rate inclusions

  • Welcome drink
  • All Meals
  • Bed tea/coffee & snacks
  • Evening tea/coffee & snacks
  • Night time air condition (Full time AC when specified)
  • Packaged drinking water
  • Sheets, Towells, soap
  • Taxes

What we can arrange for you at extra cost

  • Airport / hotel pick up.
  • Lunch at a village home.
  • Full time air condition (unless specified).
  • Canoeing.
  • Birthday cake.
  • Prawns or seafood.
  • Beer/Wine.
  • Extra mattress.

Houseboat evening cruise

Houseboat day cruise

A houseboat day cruise option is another good option for those who stay at any beach resorts near by or those who stay at any beautiful lake front resorts wanting to explore the day time life at the backwaters or those who stay at Fort Cochin and have a night flights back home. Now a days there are plenty of families and friends choosing this option so that they can reach back home in the evening after a night movie. stag or hen parties or even corporate meetings are conducted with day cruise option.

Have a look at our collection of Luxury Kerala Houseboats and Boutique Kerala Houseboats.

A refreshing back after whole days work - a view from houseboat

Good to note

  • All our boats are Private. You don’t share with anybody else.
  • If you are on honeymoon, ask for exclusive one bed room houseboats.
  • Good boats are always taken well in advance. It is recommended to book your boats early with a token paid.
  • Good to carry your own wine and beer. Your car driver will be happy to assist you to get it from local beer & wine shops en-route.
  • Two/Three night cruise are available to explore more interior rivers and remote villages.
  • For friends and families, we have Two/Three/Four/Five bed room houseboats available.




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