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The Popular 48 hour Backwater Houseboat Cruise - The Director's Cut!

The extended version of the popular 1 day cruise with an extra day: covers more backwaters and travels deeper in the quiet beyond.  Available in different ratings and sleeps from 2 -8 as required.

The two day cruise is that little bit extra - more time on the boat, more time to relax and the ability to cover that much more backwater and get away from the majority of boats. Combine them and this is a special experience and perfect for the non-time pressed!

About Your Houseboat Tour

Begin the cruise at midday from either Kumarakom or Alleppey and head straight into Vembanad Lake, the biggest lake in Kerala and indeed South Asia, fringed with mangroves. The 2 day cruise then moves on to the waterways of the Kuttanad, the rice country of Kerala. Perfect time to stop and relish a Kerala meal cooked on board the houseboat.

Watch the villagers go about their lives almost immune to the houseboat and the cameras everywhere. Spot the young lady with her goats, the woman with the greenest grass in her canoe, the man casting a net into the cordoned off fish farms along the shallows and the waving children. 

The sunset is spectacular with the water and sky shimmering crimson in unison. This is perfect time to board a country craft or canoe to go up a the numerous canals right up to the many houses and their evening activities. Glide past chatting women who wash the vessels in the water or see children tend to their ducks. The best part is that the villagers are unaware of what unusual sights they make for the visitors or the wonder that the onlooker feels about their lives.

Venture out and off the houseboat for an ayurvedic massage or visit the craft centre to see how coir is used in making rope, carpets and other knick-knacks perfect for gifting back home. Visit the local toddy shop where the weary men unwind with a bottle or two of the fermented coconut drink washed down with fiery meat dishes and pickles. Truly, this 2 day houseboat cruise adds that little bit extra to a houseboat ride to satisfy your curiosity of the way of life here.

Your Sleeping Cabin

All boats now offer en-suite cabins with double bed and shower/washroom. All deluxe boats offer 24hr AC, whilst some standard boats offer only intermittent AC (see more about boats below)

Food Aboard the Boat

All meals are cooked and served aboard the boat and feature the typical Kerala cuisine. Indeed, may Keralites believe that you get the best food in houseboats! 

We cannot sell alcohol as boats are not licensed... but where there is a way, there is a means ! We can discuss beer etc with you.


  • All Meals
  • AC (except where specified)
  • Soft Drinks


  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Transfers (arranged separately

Standard, Superior & Deluxe/Luxury Houseboats

We distinguish between two classes of boat - standard and deluxe/luxury as a simple way for you to choose which type of boat you want. We also list below examples of the boat to help you choose what boat you want to choose.

In overall layout, they are very similar. The real distinction is age of boat and quality of build.

Deluxe/Luxury houseboats are either new or simply very well maintained with high crew quality and the overall build and finish is excellent. For a good nights sleep and real comfort - choose deluxe. 

Note: Cruise starts at 12:00 noon with lunch and ends by last day morning 09:00 after breakfast. As per government rule, the boat will be anchored from 05:30 pm to 7:30 .


Prices vary across the season for cruises. Luxury boats are more expensive than superior boats as you would expect. Each cabin sleeps two people. For luxury category, price can vary as per the boat chosen.

Low Season Rates priced per boat.

From 1st May 2015 until 9th October 2015

Superior 1 cabin sleeps 2 152 244 138 15000
Superior 2 cabin sleeps 4 224 360 284 22000
Superior 3 cabin sleeps 6 324 524 412 32000
Luxury 1 cabin sleeps 2 204 328 256 20000
Luxury 2 cabin sleeps 4 344 556 436 34000
Luxury 3 cabin sleeps 6 512 820 640 50000

High Season Rates priced per boat.

October 10th until 20th December & January 11th until 30th April

Superior 1 cabin sleeps 2  182  294  230 18000 
Superior 2 cabin sleeps 4  286  454  358  28000
Superior 3 cabin sleeps 6  386  622  546  38000
Luxury 1 cabin sleeps 2  386  622  546  38000
Luxury 2 cabin sleeps 4  510  812  642  50000
Luxury 3 cabin sleeps 6  614  982  768  60000

Peak Season is the Xmas and New Year Period where prices usually rise by 25% but it can depend and we negotiate to get the best rates.

Departure Point

Alappuzha, Kumarakom
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