Alleppey is a district in Central Kerala famous for its backwaters. A ride in the houseboat through these serene waters is something that any nature enthusiast would look forward to. Day trips for a duration of 6 -7 hours from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and overnight stays from 11:00 AM to next day 9:00 AM are available. Houseboats cruise costs around INR 6000 - INR 8000 for Deluxe cruise, INR 10000 - INR 12000 for Premium cruise and above INR 15000 for Luxury cruise. Shorter duration trips for 3-4 hours are also available.
The houseboat cruise in the backwaters of Alleppey is undoubtedly one of the best activities in Kerala. You will definitely cherish the entire experience. You not only enjoy the picturesque views but also the delicious food at the houseboat. Just make sure you pick a good houseboat and this will be an unforgettable memory.
Alappuzha aka Alleppey, popularly known as the ‘Venice of the East’ is a district in Kerala, with an exhaustive network of canals and backwaters. The place, once a commercial hub has now lost its importance in that aspect to the nearby district of Ernakulam; but still no other place can compete with Alleppey on its niche businesses like coir and handicrafts. Also Alleppey still continues to amaze the world with its stunning grid of freshwater lakes, backwaters, canals, lagoons and beaches.
A relaxed, lethargic ride through these backwaters in Alleppey in a house boat is an indispensable part of a Kerala trip. Houseboats are traditional boats that serve the purpose of a house in the floating waters, complete with toilets, kitchen and bedrooms. Known as ‘Kettuvallam’ in the local language, Malayalam, they were a part and parcel of the social and economic life of the state, when water was a major mode of transport. To suit the modern days, the houseboats have undergone revolutionary changes and now offer all sorts of luxury including television, air conditioners, extravagant furnishing, premium food menu, candle lit dinner, Jacuzzi and even shower panel.
During peak season from October to February, the rates are on the higher side. The best time to visit is during off season from March to September when you will get the best prices. You can negotiate to get the best rates and you need to pay an advance.
The chefs in the boat will ensure that you are pampered with delicacies. Sumptuous traditional Kerala meals complete with the pearl spotted fish delicacy is a treat to your taste buds. Different cuisines like vegetarian, Jain, Chinese, North Indian etc. are available as per your choice. You may order food in advance as per your preference. Lunch, Evening snacks, Dinner and Breakfast are served for overnight cruise while only Lunch and Evening snacks are provided for day cruise. On advance request, cakes, candle lit dinner etc. are also arranged.