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  • Typical layout for a Kerala houseboat with captain in the bows and a large shaded day cabin for you to enjoy the views over the backwaters.
  • Collecting the rice from the paddy fields before transporting it to the jetties of Alappuzha for its journey around India. Hard work!
  • Example of the small single cabin traditional houseboat - single cabin sleeps two. This is the original size of the punted Kettuvallom. Click here to see more small houseboats.
  • Layout of a luxury houseboat shower/bath room. This one even has its own library (of sorts). This is not the typical bathroom we should warn.
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  • Example of the style of a standard houseboat cabin. Not quite so plush, but still charming. The Indian love of man-made blankets never ceasts to amaze!
  • The normally tranquil backwaters have their own rush hour as the local duck farmers herd their flock. No honking like in Mumbai, but lots of quacking!
  • Day Cabin of a Luxury houseboat - this one is all enclosed and suits visitors who find the heat a little too much. Its like a luxury cruise liner in miniature!
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  • Evening cruise across Vemnbanad to the Mooring - luxury houseboat with lit up day cabin
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  • The cabin aboard a luxury houseboat - perfect for two. Spacious but still cosy and nicely designed. The combination gently lapping waters and soft bed should make for sweet dreams!
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  • One of our favourite times of the day: the sun beginning to settle and the colours such a luxurious range of pineapple juice to gold. The ideal time for a sundowner of bacardi and fresh pineapple juice!
  • One of the local backwater buses as it makes it journey around the villages and communities of the Backwaters. Not what we would recommend for a day cruise but it gets the people around and the kids to school
  • A Table! Dinner table is set aboard a luxury houseboat with views over the backwaters in the distance. The enclosed day cabin ensure that those little critters can only watch from the windows!
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A daytime cruise for riceboat fans who don't have time to stay overnight but don't want to miss out on an experience of the famous Kerala backwaters from the comfort of a traditional Kerala Kettuvallam houseboat. Cruise starts at 11:30 and disembarkation is in the evening.
Kerala Houseboat Day Cruise on Vembanad LakeKerala Houseboat Day Cruise on Vembanad LakeKerala Houseboat Day Cruise on Vembanad Lake

Most visitors to Kerala want to see the backwaters but for some, time is of the essence. This day cruise gives a flavour of the villages and farms in the Kuttanad but enables you to get back to your hotel or next destination at the end of the day.

The cruise can start from either Kumarakom or Alappuzha and includes a cruise across Vembanad Lake before you motor into the canals and rivers of the backwaters proper. You will moor for a traditional lunch of boat cooked Kerala curries and vegetables before you spend the afternoon taking in the sights and sounds of this traditional Kerala world. Spot the many birds that live beside the water, hear the calls of the toddy tappers or itinerant merchants peddling their wares from the back of small canoes or see the farmers managing the complex process of draining or refilling the verdant green rice paddies. 

As the afternoon draws to a close we stop for an early evening dinner before returning you calm and refreshed to the jetty for your onward journey.

Everything You Need to Know...

  • Not included in Price: Alcohol Beverages
  • Facilities Aboard: Television
  • Number of Cabins: 1
  • Departure Time:: 12:00
  • Departure Point: Kumarakom
  • Drinks Served: Bottled Water, Sweet Coconut, Tea/Chai, Coffee
  • Meal Choices: Traditional Keralite, Vegetarian



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