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$22 Day Trips & Excursions

Kochi Tour: Alleppey (Alappuzha) Backwater Cruise, Fort Kochi

Itinerary A : Backwaters by Houseboat  & Fishing Nets  After pickup from Kochi Port transfer to Alleppey (approx 1 hour 45 minutes) to board your houseboat.On arrival check in and short motor boat transfer to the houseboat . Houseboat Cruise slowly through the backwaters and village areas to marvel at the lush vegetation, paddy fields, coconut palms and traditional wooden houseboats. There will be 3 staff members along with your guide who will ensure that your experience is relaxed and comfortable. Enjoy a lunch of Keralan cuisine lunch with rice, vegetable dishes, fish, chicken and more as you gently cruise. The houseboat cruise will for approx 2.00 hours and  then you will disembark and transfer to Fort Kochi by air-conditioned coach. See and learn about the Chinese fishing nets which have dominated the coastline for more than 150 years.Later transfer to Cochin Port.  Itinerary B : Backwaters by Houseboat Pickup from Kochi Port transfer to Alleppey (approx 1.45 hrs) to board your houseboat.On arrival check in and short motor boat transfer to the houseboat . Houseboat Cruise slowly through the backwaters and village areas to marvel at the lush vegetation, paddy fields, coconut palms and traditional wooden houseboats. There will be 3 staff members along with your guide who will ensure that your experience is relaxed and comfortable. Enjoy Local Snacks with Tea or Coffee on board. The houseboat cruise will be  for approx 2.00 hours and  then you will disembark and transfer back to Cochin Port.  Itinerary C : Glimpse of Cochin We will pick you from Ships Berth and transfer to Mattancherry to visit the Dutch Palace built by the Portuguese, The palace is famous for its stunning murals portraying scenes from Hindu tales, such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata. Next door is the Jewish Synagogue, the oldest active synagogue in South India.Also go for a short stroll along the Jew Street/Jew Town shops.  Later transfer to Fort Kochi for a short walking tour visiting St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. The church was constructed in 1503 by Portuguese friars and is now the burial place of Vasco da Gama, a Portuguese explorer who led the first ships sailed directly from Europe to India.  Next we will visit Santa Cruz Basilica, one of the largest and most impressive churches in India. Stroll along the street of Fort Kochi to see Chinese fishing nets that were introduced by traders from the court of Kublai Khan in the 14th century. Kochi fishermen still use the fishing nets to earn their livelihoods. Later transfer to cochin port.  (The Jewish synagogue is closed on Fridays/Saturdays and all Jewish holidays. The Dutch palace is closed on Fridays.)

$85 Shore Excursions

Alappuzha Backwaters Houseboat Tour with Fort Kochi Pickup

Your tour begins with pickup from the Kochi port by coach for the 1.5-hour drive to Alleppey, where you'll board your awaiting houseboat. Embark on a slow cruise through the backwaters and past villages, admiring the lush vegetation, paddy fields, and coconut palms. Sit back and enjoy this relaxing experience while onboard service is provided by three members of the staff. Feast on a traditional lunch of Keralan cuisine such as rice, vegetable dishes, fish, and chicken, and stop at Fort Kochi at the end of your boat tour. Visit the Chinese Fishing Nets, Basilica, and St. Francis Church before returning to the Kochi port by 5pm to end your shore excursion.

$19 Tours & Sightseeing

Kochi Private Tuk Tuk (Auto Rickshaw) Tour

Meet the travellers at the  Hotel.Check in to "Tuk Tuk" For local tour.Towards the ancient Chinese fishing nets and watch local people doing fishing.Visit St. Francis Church through the historical landmarks of Kochi.To Dutch cemetery.Visit Santa cruz Basilica ChurchDrive towards Dhobhi Khana- the local washing area.Drive through the Local shopping streets.Visiting Jain temple (if opened) the only temple where tourist can go inside.Towards the Dutch Palace, museum under the Archeological Survey of India.Walking towards Jewish Synagogue through the famous Jewish street at Mattancherry.Visiting Local traditional Spice /Tea/Perfume/ Ginger Warehouses.Enjoying Gift hunting at local/ tourist shopping markets.Back to the  hotel or as discussed earlier. 

$70 Shore Excursions

Alappuzha Private Houseboat Tour with Kochi Port Pickup, Lunch

You will be picked up from Kochi Port ships berth 09.00-09.15 am and transferred to Alleppey (approx 1.45 hours) to board your houseboat by 10:45am. Cruise slowly through the backwaters and village areas to marvel at the lush vegetation, paddy fields, coconut palms, and more. There will be 3 staff members to look after you and make sure your experience is as relaxed as you could wish for.Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha, is located between the Arabian Sea and a web of rivers flowing into it. In the early 20th century, the Viceroy of the Indian Empire, Lord Curzon, was so mesmerized by the scenic beauty that he declared that Alleppey was “The Venice of the East.” Enjoy a lunch of Keralan cuisine on the houseboat. The cruise will be over approximately at 1:30pm and later on we will transfer to Fort Kochi to visit the famous Chinese nets, St. Francis Church and Dhobi Khana and then drive back to Kochi Port by 4:00pm.

$176.25 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Private Tour: Kerala Backwater Cruise

Your private day trip from Kochi starts with a 1.5-hour journey from your Kochi hotel to the backwaters of Alleppey, famous for its labyrinth of waterways spanning 559 miles (900 km). On arrival in Alleppey, board your private Kettuvallam and feast on a mouthwatering Kerala-style lunch. Enjoy savory dishes such as sambar, a hearty vegetable stew, and avail, a vegetable and coconut curry. Tickle your sweet tooth with pappad, a South Indian wafer, and payasam, a rice pudding flavored with cardamom, raisins, saffron, cashew nuts and pistachios.As you cruise along, witness life in the backwater villages of Alleppey. Travel down the canals dotted with houses, paddy fields, coconut trees, market places and temples. See local people engaging in a variety of activities from fishing to daily chores. Soak in the beautiful scenery from your thatched-roof boat and relish the serenity of this river town.Enjoy a traditional Indian tea with snacks before disembarking your Kerala houseboat. Your private guide will drive you from Alleppey back to your Kochi hotel.

$80 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Kochi Private Tour: Kerala Backwater Houseboat Day Cruise

Pick-up from your hotel in Fort Cochin, Ernakulam MG Road, Wellingdon Island, or Kundanoor at 10:15am and transfer to Alleppey to board your houseboat at 12:00pm. Cruise slowly through the backwaters and village areas to marvel at the lush vegetation, paddy fields, coconut palms, and more. There will be three staff members (Guide is optional) to make sure your experience is as relaxed and satisfying as you could wish for.Enjoy your lunch of Keralan cuisine that includes rice, vegetable dishes, fish, chicken and everything is freshly prepared on the houseboat. As we gently cruise, the tour will end at approximately 4pm and you to be dropped off at your hotel by 5:45pm.

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