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 the Alleppey House Boats is by far the best way to explore the famed Kerala Backwaters!
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WHERE TO BOOK ALLEPPEY HOUSE BOATS
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 House Boats
WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE ALLEPPEY HOUSE BOATS
My two 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 House Boat 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 onboard the Alleppey House Boats
Lunch is served onboard the Alleppey House Boats
SLEEPING ON THE ALLEPPEY HOUSE BOATS
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 House Boats
Sunset onboard the Alleppey House Boats
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Sunrise on the Alleppey House Boats Tour
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN KOCHI
The majority of travelers choose to stay in the main city of Kochi before or after the Alleppey House Boats Tour.
Kochi has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favorite places to stay in Kochi to suit 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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I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions about the Alleppey House Boats, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can!
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