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Kerala Backwaters
Kerala Backwaters

Kerala Backwaters Tours and Activities

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The Kerala backwaters refers to a large region spanning some 558 miles (900 kilometers) consisting of an interconnected network of brackish lagoons, lakes, and canals. The best way to truly experience this beautiful area is aboard a traditional houseboat; journeys last anywhere from a few hours up to a few nights.

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Kochi Private Tour: Kerala Backwater Houseboat Day Cruise

Kochi Private Tour: Kerala Backwater Houseboat Day Cruise

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Discover the famous Alappuzha waterways during this seven-hour tour from Fort Kochi. Experience the beauty and tranquillity of one of Kerala's most-prized destinations as you float along the network of waterways aboard a traditional house boat. Enjoy an up close look at rural life and stunning nature during this memorable day on the water.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$124.80
Price varies by group size
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$124.80
Price varies by group size
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Kochi Private Tour: Overnight Alleppey Backwaters Houseboat Cruise

Kochi Private Tour: Overnight Alleppey Backwaters Houseboat Cruise

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Experience the tranquil beauty of Kerala's backwaters with this overnight Alleppey houseboat cruise from Kochi. Float past rural villages, coconut palms, rice paddies and more as you make your way through the narrow channels and expansive waterways known as the "Venice of the East". It's one of the best ways to escape the chaos of the city and truly relax and unwind on your trip to India.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$189.80
Price varies by group size
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$189.80
Price varies by group size

Backwater Kayaking at Alleppey

Backwater Kayaking at Alleppey

This tour will take you to the near and far end of the backwaters, kayaking through canals, rivers, lakes and lagoons. With the waterways being a means of transport in the remote villages of Kerala, you will be able to interact with the local community and get an idea about their livelihood and lifestyle.
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  • 1 day 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$15.13
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$15.13

Cochin (Kochi) Shore Excursions from Cruise Terminal Ships Pier

Cochin (Kochi) Shore Excursions from Cruise Terminal Ships Pier

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Make the most of your time at shore and take a tour of Kochi’s main highlights. There are three different itineraries based on the day of travel which visits key landmarks including the Kerala backwaters, the traditional Chinese fishing nets, the St. Francis Church, and Fort Kochi. Learn about the history of Kochi from your guide and enjoy a hassle-free trip during this shore excursion.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.00
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$26.00

Group Shore Excursion from Cochin Port

Group Shore Excursion from Cochin Port

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Enjoy a houseboat tour on the inland waterways of Kochi when your cruise ship pulls into the Kochi port. Travel to Alleppey (Alappuzha) to board a traditional houseboat that takes you on a 2-hour cruise through scenic waterways lined with villages, rice paddies and coconut palms. Sample the delicious cuisine of Kerala during a lunch served on board your vessel. Afterward, transfer to an air-conditioned coach to see the highlights of Fort Kochi, including the Chinese fishing nets.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.00
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$26.00

Half Day Village Backwater Country Boat Cruise : Group Tour from Fort Cochin

Half Day Village Backwater Country Boat Cruise : Group Tour from Fort Cochin

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Cruise the fabled Keralan backwaters by traditional Non Mechanized Country boat on a 6-hour tour from Fort Cochin, and see the villages along the lush canals. Enjoy a vegetarian lunch in the countryside, and immerse yourself in the everyday lives of the locals.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.00
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$26.00
Price varies by group size

Cochin Group Shore Excursions from Cruise Terminal Pier

Cochin Group Shore Excursions from Cruise Terminal Pier

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If you're traveling by cruise to Cochin and want the chance to explore a bit more of Kerala, this shore excursion might be the perfect fit. Three itineraries are available, depending on your arrival date, which could have you either visiting the backwaters on a traditional houseboat, visiting the historic sites of Fort Cochin, or both!
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  • 4 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.00
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$26.00

Bicycle & Houseboat Tour

Bicycle & Houseboat Tour

This cycle tour will take you across the scenic route between Fort Kochi and Alappuzha with beaches on one side and backwaters on one side. We will cross several islands on our way as well as hop across some of the most exotic beaches in Kerala and the famous St. Andrews Basilica at Arthunkal. In the afternoon, check-in to your floating houseboat and enjoy unlimited surfing on backwaters, sip a coconut, get disturbed by only the chirping of birds, occasional ripples in water and savor mouth watering delicacies prepared in front of you by your kitchen crew.
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  • 1 day 6 hours 30 minutes
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$198.64
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$198.64
Price varies by group size

Lush Malabar Coast And Colorful Kerala - A 6 Day Private Tour

Lush Malabar Coast And Colorful Kerala - A 6 Day Private Tour

Cover the highlights of lush, attraction-packed Kerala during this multi-day journey through “God’s Own Country,” which includes a backwaters cruise in a traditional houseboat. From tea gardens and spice plantations to centuries-old synagogues and Dutch-built colonial landmarks, you’ll get a complete introduction to the state. Tours include meals, accommodation, and door-to-door transportation.
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  • 6 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$946.00
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$946.00
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Kerala Package for 8 Days Includes All Transfer,Sightseeing and Accommodation

Kerala Package for 8 Days Includes All Transfer,Sightseeing and Accommodation

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Experience the best of Kerala without the hassle on this eight-day tour. Starting in Cochin and ending in Kovallam, you’ll enjoy the highlights of the small South Indian state, including beaches, a backwater cruise, tea estates, mountains, and wildlife. You’ll cover a lot of ground in just over a week, and see more than you could comfortably fit in if traveling alone. This is an ideal tour for families or groups who want to avoid complicated travel logistics and just relax and have a good time.
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  • 8 days
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$610.00
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$610.00
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5 Days Premium Kerala Tour Package - Private Tour with Exclusive Houseboat Stay

5 Days Premium Kerala Tour Package - Private Tour with Exclusive Houseboat Stay

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In this 5 days tour we will take you to - Munnar hill station, Periyar wildlife sanctuary (Thekkady) and Alleppey Backwaters. Stay in a private Moving Premium Houseboat
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  • 5 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$352.00
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$352.00
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Munnar Package Tour.

Munnar Package Tour.

Specially designed for Celebrity cruise passengers, this scenic off-shore excursion gives you the best of Kerala in a single day. Cover the highlights of history-filled Kochi, from Portuguese palaces to the bustling spice market. Or, opt to spend the day drifting in a traditional houseboat on the stunning backwaters, with a curry lunch cooked onboard by your own private chef.
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  • 8 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$525.00
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$525.00
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7-Night Kerala Tour to Kochi, Munnar, Periyar, Allepey and Kovalam

7-Night Kerala Tour to Kochi, Munnar, Periyar, Allepey and Kovalam

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Hit the highlights of Kerala—India’s lush, beachside southern state on the Malabar Coast—during this multi-day guided tour. Cruise the backwaters of Alleppey on a traditional houseboat, check out a live Kathakali dance performance, and lounge on some of India’s most stunning beaches. Tours include all meals and overnights and airport or hotel pickup.
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  • 8 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$725.34
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$725.34
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Relax In a Backwaters - A Two-night Excursion From Cochin With Private Transfers

Relax In a Backwaters - A Two-night Excursion From Cochin With Private Transfers

The backwaters in Kerala are a world of serenity and wonderment. This coastal region has a network of waterways, inlets from the sea, and estuaries of over forty rivers, lakes and natural canals connecting coastal towns. The interlinked body of waterways is known as the Kerala Backwaters. Over 550 miles of the Kerala backwaters are navigable and have been used for centuries by the local people for transportation. You will enjoy the scenery of this unique eco-region as you cruise these waters. Highlights • Cruise on the Kerala Backwaters  • Narrow Canals in a unique ecological region • View local village life • Active lifestyle of the region
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  • 3 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$421.00
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$421.00
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From Cochin Port: Backwaters by Shikara (Covered Canoe Boat) & Chinese Nets

From Cochin Port: Backwaters by Shikara (Covered Canoe Boat) & Chinese Nets

Explore the backwaters of Kerala by Shikara (Covered Canoe Motorized Boat) on a group tour specially designed for cruise ship passengers from Cochin Port. Enjoy a Keralan lunch or Snacks in Alappuzha, and then visit Fort Kochi to see the famous Chinese fishing nets.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$57.20
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$57.20

Alappuzha Backwaters & Beaches Bike Tour

Alappuzha Backwaters & Beaches Bike Tour

This cycle tour will cover the rural less visited areas in Alappuzha district. Our morning ride will cover the Kuttanad region of Alappuzha, also known as the Rice Bowl of Kerala, where rice is grown 4 to 10 feet below sea level. Ride across the paddy fields along the river banks and view the local rural life from close quarters. Afer enjoying a typical Kerala Lunch in banana leaf, our afternoon ride will cover the beaches in Alappuzha district. Hop from one beach to another in the coastal route along the Arabian Sea.
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  • 8 hours
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$102.96
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$102.96
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South India Discovery - A Private Eight Day Tour From Cochin To Chennai

South India Discovery - A Private Eight Day Tour From Cochin To Chennai

South India is known for wonderful lush hill towns, bustling attractive cities, mesmerizing backwaters, exotic wildlife and serene lake towns. This wonderful tour, spanning 7 nights and 8 days offers you a chance to explore and experience the states of Kerala & Tamil Nadu. During your travels you will experience popular attractions found in Cochin, Kumarakom, Periyar, Madurai and Chennai. Highlights • Chinese fishing nets. • Backwaters Cruise of Kumarakom. • Spice Plantations at Thekkady • Meenakshi Temple at Madurai • Temples of Kanchipuram
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  • 8 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,593.00
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$1,593.00
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Kerala Backwaters Houseboat Cruise with Lunch from Cochin - Private Tour

Kerala Backwaters Houseboat Cruise with Lunch from Cochin - Private Tour

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Cruise the backwaters of Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha, on a 6 -7 hour tour from Fort Kochi and discover the famous inland waterways of Kerala by a traditional houseboat. See traditional villages and backwater boats and more. Alleppey 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.”
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$119.60
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$119.60
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Houseboat Day Cruise with Lunch at Kerala Backwaters from Cochin

Houseboat Day Cruise with Lunch at Kerala Backwaters from Cochin

While using this tour, you will be experiencing the most beautiful attraction of Kerala. You can enjoy the beauty of the Backwaters, Kerala Traditional Lunch on board and much more.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$200.00
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$200.00
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Joyce's Shore Excursion for Vasco da Gama Passengers Picked & Dropped @ Ship.

Joyce's Shore Excursion for Vasco da Gama Passengers Picked & Dropped @ Ship.

Hello! Vasco da Gama cruise passengers to Kochi. Skip the line ! Book a thrifty group Tour! If you are cruise passenger you are met at side of the ship with "Viator"sign and pager board of Your Name. The tours are customized to suit the arrival and departure schedule of your ship to ensure you have a worry free Shore Excursion. We ensure your timely return after the tour. Comfortable transportation, entertaining and enriching travel experience. We have following tours in and neighborhood of Kochi. 1. Vasco da Gama 's Tomb and Glimpses of Cochin Tour. 2. Kerala Backwaters cruise in Houseboat Excursion. 3. Cochin and Fishing Villages Tour  
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.00
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$30.00
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Private Houseboat Backwater Day Cruise tour with Lunch from Cochin

Private Houseboat Backwater Day Cruise tour with Lunch from Cochin

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Kerala backwaters offer a lifetime experience to explore the scenic and stunning backwaters of Alleppey and Kumarakom. A chain of brackish lagoons and canals linking five large lakes, Kerala Backwaters is a maze of water bodies stretching over 900 kilometers. One of the most important aspects of tourism in Kerala, the backwaters were used traditionally as waterways to ferry rice and spices from one place to another in kettuvallams, or the traditional rice barges, which now form the major tourist attraction and ferry tourists and visitors from one destination to another.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$115.00
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$115.00

Shore Excursions from Cochin Cruise Terminal

Shore Excursions from Cochin Cruise Terminal

If you have a Cruise ship coming up and are looking for a shore excursion, here are some options. Three different tours are offered depending on your dates. One will take you out into Kerala's famous backwaters by houseboat, complete with a local lunch. A second itinerary involves a houseboat cruise and a trip to Fort Kochin, known for its Chinese Fishing Nets. The third is land-based, with visits to the Dutch Palace and historic Fort Kochi.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.00
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$26.00

From Cochin Port: Backwaters by Houseboat & Chinese Nets

From Cochin Port: Backwaters by Houseboat & Chinese Nets

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Explore the backwaters of Kerala by houseboat on a group tour specially designed for cruise ship passengers from Cochin Port. Enjoy lunch aboard the boat in Alappuzha, and then visit Fort Kochi to see the famous Chinese fishing nets.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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$85.00

14-Day Private Tour of Kerala with Accommodation

14-Day Private Tour of Kerala with Accommodation

We immerse ourselves in the tranquil life of Kerala, marvel at gigantic temples, hike in the shadow of the highest South Indian mountain massif, learn a lot about spices and tea, drift in a kayak through the world-famous backwaters of Kerala and relax with yoga on the endless white sandy beaches of Marari.
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  • 14 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$3,345.14
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$3,345.14
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Should I book Kerala Backwaters tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Kerala Backwaters can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 26 Kerala Backwaters tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Kerala Backwaters 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Kerala Backwaters costs USD 15.13. Guided Kerala Backwaters tours start around USD 15.13 per person. See all 26 Kerala Backwaters tickets and tours on Viator.
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