Alleppey Houseboat Trip in Kerala

Last July, we did a family trip to Kerala, India. The main reason why we went there is to attend a relative’s wedding but we decided to make it like a family trip as well. So, basically it’s like killing 2 birds with a stone.


The best part being in Cochi, Kerala is shopping of course.  Since our currency rate is much higher in India, we did hell of a shopping there… hahaha… in fact, this year I have the most clothes for Deepavali. Yes, I did my Deepavali shopping very very early this year.

Alleppey Houseboat View

Anyway, let me tell you about one of the tourist attraction in Kerala which is their Houseboat. They practically build a house on a boat… unbelievable.. hahaha…  Although there are many places in Kerala offer Houseboat trip, we picked Alleppey. The houseboat organised by Bethel Tour was a 2 storey, which has 2 rooms each in upper and lower deck. However, since we only booked 2 rooms, we were allowed to pick 2 rooms out of the 4 rooms. We picked the upper deck because the view there was much better. By the way, all the rooms are air-conditioned but not the entire boat though. Our boat journey started at about 9.30am, the surrounding area was so beautiful and I love the feeling when the gentle breeze blew across my face. Words alone can’t describe how wonderful the feeling was, you’ve got to experience it yourself.

I kept clicking away my DSLR throughout the journey. Thank god, we are no longer in negative film era. Bless the person who invented digital memory card  We didn’t do much activity in the boat, we just enjoyed the scenic view and the gentle breeze of air. Around noon, our lunch was served. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that, we were not the only one on the boat. There were 3 more persons, Boat Driver (is what we call), The Cook and his assistant. Technically, you don’t need to do anything because everything is taken care by these 3 helpful people. As for the lunch, they served some chicken, vegetables and curries but if you want extra, you can request to the driver to stop by at a stall like shop which is located near the river bank.

Alleppey River Bank

If you are not a heavy eater, I would highly suggest not to buy from the stall because dinner is provided. So, anything you buy from the stall is EXTRA and you may end up not finishing the meal. At least, that what happened to us, we were so stuffed that we could barely move after our dinner.. hehehe

Alleppey Houseboat

Unfortunately, we had to cut short our trip because Alleppey was on ‘Bandh’ the following day. So, instead of reaching the shore at 9am, we had to arrive there at 4am because we had to drive out of Alleppey by 6am. Otherwise, we will not be able to go out at all. ‘Bandh’ means all shops are closed and everyone practically have to stay home. Technically, it is like ‘Darurat’ in their state. It was an experience to be remembered though driving out fast from the district, I felt like I was a fugitive or some sort… hahaha… In fact, I was thinking will there be some men attacking our van like in the Tamil movie… Nothing happened though, it was a smooth journey driving out of the town.

Tips: I would highly suggest to buy Odomos in any pharmacies in India. At night, there are lots of mosquitoes, so using the Odomos is really helpful to keep the mosquitoes away.

Some more pictures of the beautiful backwaters:

Kerala Backwaters


Kerala Backwaters


Kerala Backwaters

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13 thoughts on “Alleppey Houseboat Trip in Kerala

  • November 26, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Tell me something that you really miss from that? I totally miss the water waves and the soothing sound….

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  • December 8, 2014 at 6:38 am

    Beautiful indeed! I have to visit Kerala again soon… Kumarakom sounds like a good place…..

  • January 15, 2015 at 11:16 am

    kerala is amazingly beautiful place in India with beautiful backwaters, i really enjoyed my vacations in Allaphuza.

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  • February 6, 2015 at 10:21 am

    I love Kerala…Kerala is the one of the beautiful backwaters and amazing place in India

  • January 27, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Hi friends,
    Recently me too had a similar trip in alleppey. Alleppey is really a charming place for a most romantic houseboat cruise in the backwaters of Vembanad lake.. It was my best experience in Alleppey that I enjoyed most. It was different world with memorable Houseboat cruise and delicious Kerala style traditional food. My trip was with Watersprite tours.They are very responsible for satisfying their customers, and continually looking for different ways of delivering a better offerings to us… so if you want to make your Alleppey trip awesome, I suggest Watersprite tours.. Thank you to the team.. Watersprite tours..!!!

  • April 7, 2017 at 4:38 am

    Kerala, the most beautiful state of India, offers unique opportunity to experience breathtakingly beautiful backwaters which consist of a complex network of brackish lagoons, lovely lakes and canals. The most predominant way to experience the Kerala backwaters is Kerala houseboats in Alleppey.

  • April 10, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Alleppey is like my second home. My grandma lives there and we go to her place every 3 months for about a week and I have to tell you, those 7 days are one of the best days in my life. Not only do I get to meet my grandma but the breathtaking beauty of the place is something out of this world.

    It is rightly called the Venice of the east!!


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