ALLEPPEY HOUSEBOAT TOUR IN KERALA!
Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha, is often referred to as ‘Venice of the East’ due to its many interconnected waterways and colorful canal-side villages. An enchanting cruise onboard an Alleppey HouseBoat is by far the best way to explore the famed Kerala Backwaters!
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WHERE TO BOOK ALLEPPEY HOUSEBOAT TOURS
As there are many different houseboat locations in Alleppey, it’s best to organise your Alleppey Houseboat booking online in advance with Klook to get the best rates.
The Alleppey Backwater Cruise is the most top-rated tour with great reviews and hundreds of bookings.
There are a couple of Kerala boat house package options to choose from, including day cruises and overnight cruises.
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Onboard the Alleppey HouseBoat
WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE ALLEPPEY HOUSEBOATS
My friends and I opted to do an overnight Alappuzha boat house cruise and we boarded our boat at around 12pm and set off down the enchanting Kerala backwaters.
After checking in to our private rooms, a three-course lunch was served at the dining table towards the front of the houseboat.
A variety of Indian cuisine, such as curries, chicken, fish, dahl and papadums went down a treat. We also came prepared with a few bottles of beer that we had bought from the liquor store before the Alleppey backwater tour.
We spent the entire afternoon cruising down the watery heaven of the Alleppey backwaters, taking in the beautiful sites along the palm tree fringed canals.
The tranquillity that surrounded us as we floated aimlessly down the canals was something I will never forget.
The Alleppey HouseBoat tour is not just exquisite window views but it will also give you a closer look into the daily lives of the local villagers in the region.
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The canals – Alleppey HouseBoat
Lunch is served onboard the Alleppey HouseBoat
SLEEPING ON THE ALLEPPEY HOUSEBOAT
Shortly after sunset, our captain docked the houseboat to the edge of a canal for the night and the crew prepared another three-course dinner for the three of us. Yet again, the food and hospitality were incredible!
Each bedroom has a large double bed, air conditioning, ceiling fan, sitting area, wardrobe and an ensuite.
I slept like a baby on the Alleppey Boat House this night and woke up to the sun rising over the best backwaters in Kerala!
We enjoyed one last meal on board the Alleppey House Boats which included pancakes, fruits, tea and coffee as we voyaged to towards our final destination. From here, a car transfer was waiting to take us to our next hotel.
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Selfie on the Alleppey HouseBoat
Sunset onboard the Alleppey HouseBoat
Sunrise on the Alleppey HouseBoat Tour
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN KOCHI
Kochi has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Kochi to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Grand Hyatt Kochi
Mid Range: Dutch Bungalow
Budget: The Fort Bungalow
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MORE KERALA TRAVEL GUIDES
- Jadayu Para: Jadayu Para – World’s Largest Bird Statue
- Kerala Backwaters: Kerala Backwaters Tour
- Kochi: Best Things To Do In Kochi
- Munnar: Trekking In Munnar
- Periyar: Periyar National Park Safari
- Athirappilly: Athirappilly Falls
Another option for accommodation in Kerala is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals!
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WHAT TO PACK FOR ALLEPPEY HOUSEBOAT
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
Activated Charcoal Tablets: Want to avoid food poisoning? Most of us have been a victim of travelers diarrhea from eating street food. Organic Activated Charcoal Tablets are fast-acting and will rid your system of the bad bacteria that causes stomach upset.
MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF ALLEPPEY HOUSEBOAT
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