Kochi Shore Excursion- Private Day Tour of Heritage and Backwaters

Duration: 7 hours
Destination: India, Kerala, Kochi

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  • 7 hours
  • Kochi
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Join us for this tour that offers combination of Alleppey backwater houseboat cruise with Kerala lunch on-board. Visit the Fort Cochin Chinese Nets, St. Francis Church and Basilica

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Kochi (Cochin), Kochi (Cochin), Ernakulam District, Kerala

You will be picked up from your hotel in Cochin or Cochin Cruise Port ships berth before beginning a 1.5-hour transfer to Alleppey to board your houseboat. You will then begin your journey, cruising 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 the 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.”

You can enjoy a lunch of Keralan cuisine on the houseboat, before later transferring to Fort Kochi to visit the famous Chinese nets, St. Francis Church and Dhobi Khana. Your tour will then conclude as you are driven back to your hotel in Cochin, or to the Cochin Port.

Pass By: Kerala Backwaters, India

Transfer to Aleppey Backwaters by Car

Stop At: Kerala Houseboat, Near South of municipal cotters, Santhanam Ward, Alappuzha, Kerala 688001, India

Cruise on a Houseboat for 2 hours with Lunch served on board

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Chinese Fishing Nets, Fort Kochi Beach Kochi-682001 Kerala India, Kochi (Cochin) 682001 India


Duration: 10 minutes

  • Transfers by air-conditioned vehicle
  • English speaking guide
  • 2 hours backwater cruise
  • Kerala Lunch on board
  • Entry/Admission - Kerala Houseboat
  • Entry/Admission - Chinese Fishing Nets

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Tips
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Group discount is available
  • A current valid passport Copy is required on the day of travel
  • You MUST confirm and obtain a Indian Tourist Visa to get down at Cochin Port. All visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the traveler
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
At Cruise terminal guide will be waiting at pier holding a placard in your name .

For hotel pick up ,guide will report at reception


  • Cochin International Cruise Terminal, 27, Indira Gandhi Rd, Willingdon Island, Kochi, Kerala 682003, India

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


7 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews


15 Mar, 2018

Our boat tour of the backwater was wonderful. The crew was attentive and the cook provided a truly excellent lunch. Our guide and driver knew the traffic and got us back safely with time to spare. The stops we made gave us a true sense of Kochi. The guide was perfect to represent the people of Kochi.

Antonio G

08 Jun, 2017

Very professional. The La Vacanza Travel guide and the driver were the first in line with my name in a bold printed card when my group got down from the cruise ship. The guide was well informed on any subject and communicated well. The boat crew and the boat accommodation was great. My group consisted of health and state inspectors and they observed that the food prep and the boat were acceptable standards. The food served were prepared well and food were excellent. Compared to the other boats carrying passengers from the cruise ship...we had the boat to ourselves 14 in one group versus the excursion boats that had all the chairs and seats occupied. For the price, it was the best excursion we had in our trip.

Gabrielle M

15 May, 2017

We had a truly wonderful day with Sebastian , our guide, and Martin our driver! They were there to meet us us as soon as we left the ship and had a lovely Toyota 4x4 with super air conditioning and very comfortable seats. Seb chatted to us throughout our journey to the houseboats .....this for me was definitely better than being on a coach, as I am very deaf! At the houseboats we watched as the coach loads of our cruise companions were herded onto a houseboat, while we were taken to another houseboat. What a lovely surprise to find we had the whole houseboat to ourselves!!! A lounging area at the front, a dining table, armchairs, a bedroom and bathroom, and a chef in the kitchen preparing our lunch!!!! I am very difficult with food as I don't like spicy food, but the lovely cheerful chef said that was no problem, and he made us a superb lunch of fish and chicken, rice, lentils, chickpeas etc, all without spice!! Followed by dessert then banana fritters then fruits ...it went on and on!! Seb travelled with us and answered all our questions. Afterwards we drove through areas past beautiful Catholic Churches etc and then to the sea where we saw the Chinese fishing nets. As he could see we were intrigued by these, he took us onto one of the Nets and after a chat with the fisherman, we were allocated ropes to pull to bring in the next catch!! Seb took my phone and took photos and a video of us pulling the ropes until the job was done! What a wonderful experience! I was concerned because I had no rupees as you can't get them on the ship or take them into India, and I wanted a few to be able to give tips and buy souvenirs, so Seb and Martin went out of their way to drive around Kochi to find an ATM...the first one didn't work, so they drove around some more until we found one that did work. Seb helped me to understand all the instructions. Our day with Seb and Martin actually lasted about 2 hours longer than advertised and I was worried we were making them late, but they were charming and said they just wanted to be sure we were having a good time.
I cannot rate them highly enough, they were superb.
This was the first time we had used La Vacanza Travel, and I was sorry I hadn't booked other excursions with them. Next time, we will be booking La Vacanza Travel rather than the Cruise excursions.

Lynne J

02 Feb, 2017

We truly loved this tour. There were four of us and we had a huge boat to ourselves. The scenery was great , the service amazing and the food was local and very tasty. We ate it all and never got sick. Highly recommend this tour. I booked this tour not off the boat therefor we were only 4 on this tour and not many and at a much lower cost.


24 Apr, 2016

Wonderful guides and a lovely day.
Everything perfect, from pickup to brunch and then a bit of shopping and the cruise and a lovely lunch
Thoroughly recommend

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