Kerala Backwater Cruise

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Experience the Natural Beauty of Kerala at Its Best

Situated in southern India on the Malabar Coast, Kerala is a state of utmost beauty, fun and flavour. One of its biggest attractions is backwaters. The backwaters of Kerala, a network of 1500 km of canals, were once a major means of transportation connecting every corner of the state to another. Today, these backwaters cruises have gained immense popularity as a major tourist destination for travellers from different parts of the globe. You many find plenty of beaches in India, but backwaters are something that add uniqueness to the state. A Kerala backwater cruise is the perfect way of exploring the natural beauty of the state, its cities and towns. The backwaters are comprised of multiple canals, rivers, lakes and estuaries.

Houseboats (kettuvallams) are available to sail across the Kerala backwaters. During your cruise through the backwaters, you'll come across such picturesque towns as Kollam, Kozhikode and Alappuzha. Depending on your specific requirements, you can choose to go on a Kerala backwater cruise for one or several days. If you opt for a multiple-day cruise, you'll be accompanied by a navigator and a cook in the houseboat that you hire. You'll have the pleasure of enjoying a wide range of traditional cuisines of Kerala prepared from freshly picked vegetables.

If the Kerala backwaters is a crown, the Ashtamudi Lake is its most precious jewel. While cruising along the backwaters, exploring the beauty on and around this beautiful lake is an unforgettable experience. The lake is quite well-known for its endangered marine species. An overnight stay in a luxurious houseboat at this lake will prove to be a great stress-busting experience. The Vembanad Lake is another major attraction in the backwaters of the state. Apart from hiring houseboats, you can also hire yachts to enhance your cruise experience.

Detailed itinerary

Day 01 Cochin to Alleppey

Today on reaching at Cochin, you will be assisted to your car and drive to Alleppey. Enroute exploring the green mountains, On reaching at Alleppey, embark on your private houseboat starting your cruise through the rich and splendid backwaters of Alleppey. Just relax at the luxurious houseboat. It will be a unique and exclusive experience in your lifetime. You will be cruising along the village sides and paddy fields witnessing the core life of the Kerala villages for the whole day. The house boat is fully furnished with bedrooms, private balcony and a kitchen. It also comprises a chef, Oarsmen & cabin assistant. The materials that go into the making are all local and Eco friendly bamboo poles, coconut fiber ropes, bamboo mats, coir carpets etc. Dinner and overnight stay is at the houseboat.

Day 02 Alleppey to Kumarakom

Today we will cruise through the Kumarakom backwaters, Kumarakom is a place for it habitats numerous churches and is famed for its rubber farm. Kottayam is just 17 Kms away from Kumarakom and Vemband Lake. Backwater activity, rubber, tea, coffee, pepper and cardamom plantation are some of the attracting features of Kumarakom. Also we pay a visit to the Kumarakom bird sanctuary home of migratory birds like the siberian stork, egret, darter, heron and teal. Later board the houseboat cruiseing through the canals of Kumarakom. Dinner and overnight aboard air conditioned houseboat

Day 03 Kumarakom to Thekkady

Following a leisurely breakfast, we will Periyar enroute visiting Idukki dam. On reaching at Periyar, check in to your hotel. Thekkady is known for its wildlife, lake and spice plantations. Rest of the day is at leisure to explore the vicinity at your own, or enjoy at the resort.

Day 04 Thekkady

Today after breakfast, we will proceed for the visit the Periyar Wildlife sanctuary visiting Periyar Lake on boat, come across wild elephant, boar, deer, tiger and more.

Afternoon, proceed for the spice plantation tour, rich in cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee, tea estates etc. on your way back to the hotel, you could stop at the local market and pick up some fragrant spices.

Day 05 Thekkady to Cochin

After breakfast, get on time transfer to the Cochin airport, to board your onward flight.

What’s Included

Airport Services

Private air conditioned car with driver Company staff for airport assistance


02 nights aboard ac houseboat, 02 nights in handpicked hotels


04 Breakfasts, 02 Lunches, 02 Dinners


All ground transport for sightseeing trips

Guides / Escorts

Expert local tour guides for sightseeing tours


Spice plantation tour, boat ride at Periyar, visit to Kumarakom bird sanctuary

Other inclusions

Govt of India taxes and Company service charges

What’s not included


International or domestic flights are not included

Travel insurance

Please carry valid travel insurance


Visa fee and charges

Entry Tickets

Monument and museum tickets


Meals not specified

Personal expenses

Any kind of personal expenses/bills

Accommodation Style Max Holidays

Accommodation style

The Southern Splendour tour of South India offers comfortable 12 nights and 13 days stay in handpicked hotels including few city hotels, guest houses, beach resorts and some characteristic hotels. The hotels are picked for your stay based on the report and feedbacks of the past guests used these properties. The hotels offer clean rooms with attached toilet and many other standard facilities equivalent to three star standard.

Most of our price offers are generally based on double room sharing basis. For single room stay the guest need to inform us in advance and pay single room supplement.

Remark : Ask us for upgradation of your accommodation which is available at an additional cost.