Alleppey (Alappuzha) Houseboat Package

Duration 8 Days Places Covered 5 Palces Best Time Oct - Mar
Includes : Houseboat + Transfers + Sightseeing
Places (Cities) Covered : Trivandrum, Varkala, Alleppey, Cochin, Thekkady
Alleppey (Alappuzha) Houseboat


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Kerala is easily one of the most well known states in India, a reputation that it certainly didn’t have to work hard to get. There are few locations in India that are as intrinsically or naturally beautiful as Kerala, as Kerala offers to tourists some of the most exotic wildlife in the country, a range of plants and vegetation that you won’t see anywhere else in India. 

The residents of Kerala are always very well behaved, and are known to be welcoming to tourists. It’s also common knowledge that when it comes to aquatic beauty, the rivers, ponds and lakes of Kerala offer a stunning view that can leave the most wide-travelled tourists petrified. Besides the natural view, you can also experience the local culture during a tour, which at its best is a curious discovery into the helpful natures of the residents.


  • Catching the stunning view of the sunset from the edges of Varkala Beach.
  • Kumarakom’s rice boats are an absolute must-see when visiting the backwaters of Kerala.
  • Watching some of the rarest and strangest animals you’ll find in India at the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Getting to make your way through the more than millenniums old Janardhana Swamy Temple.
  • Taking a boat ride on the absolutely magnificent Periyar Lake.
  • The cultural artifact that is the Kathakali dance performance has often been called an important of both India’s culture and history.
  • Kumarakom offers to tourists one of one of the most relaxing backwater cruises you’ll find.

Houseboat in Alleppey, Kerala

Tour Itinerary

The tour group will arrive in Kerala through the Trivandrum Airport, one of the largest airports in Kerala, where the group will be met by a representative of the tour company. This representative, after making sure that everybody has everything they need and providing refreshments to the members of the tour group, will take the group by car to a resort based in Varkala, a quaint little town in the heart of Kerala.

For the rest of the day, the members of the tour group are free to do what they want. Varkala may sound quaint, but it certainly isn’t boring : you can check into the resort nearby and spend your day in luxury, or exploring some of the nearby locations in Varkala, or checking out some of the souvenir stores and shops that can be found all around the town.

There’s also the option of spending the day at the famous Varkala Beach, which offers a stunning view of both the sunset and sunrise. 

The tour stays the night in the quaint little town, giving them a chance to recover from the total exhaustion that is often a product of travelling.
After the group has breakfast at a restaurant nearby, they’ll set out to explore some of the most well known locations in Varkala, such as the famed Varkala Beach, also called Papanasam Beach by a lot of locals. One of the most interesting things about this beach with silvery sand is the fact that both the sand and the water are said to have restorative and healing properties.

As the group heads out of Varkala, one of the last but not least locations on the itinerary is Janardhana Swamy Temple. One of the most well known temples in Kerala, Janardhana Swamy Temple stands less than 8 kilometers south of the famous destination Kappil.

The entrance to the temple itself is decorated with statues of some of the most important gods in the Hindu pantheon. Janardhana Swamy Temple is located near Papanasam Beach, Varkala, and is open every day, from 5 AM to 12 PM and 5 PM to 8 PM.

After Janardhana temple, two of the most interesting things to see in Varkala are Anjengo Fort and Light House, both of which can be found near to each other, in Anchuthengu, Kerala. 

Both of these locations hold vast importance, as Anjego Fort was the first foothold of the British in India, and the Light House guided more than hundreds of British ships to safety.
A magical destination in Kerala 'God's Own Country,' Alleppey is where you can experience nature's beauty and magic. The third day of the trip is the trip from the town of Varkala to Alleppey Houseboat, Check into the luxury Houseboat, which is locally called Kettuvallam. The most appealing items of Alleppey is the unique houseboats floating on the water. Luxury cruise on a houseboat allows to visit picturesque human-made beautiful islands and paddy fields and the beautiful sights of coconut fringed backwaters.

The Alleppey houseboats have all the latest facilities you could imagine now a days. One deluxe bedroom and even five to six bedroom houseboats with a modern kitchenette fitted, western bathrooms, spacious lounge with air conditioning. Delicious food cooked by a team of well trained chefs. 

You will going to see the beauty of the backwaters, small villages and people working in paddy fields. The ride would take you to the hidden lagoons and tiny islands. 

The overnight stay is inside the boat as it rocks back and forth.

After visiting the gorgeously green backwaters of Alleppey (Alappuzha), the trip heads to the city of Cochin, which is known to be one of the largest cities in Kerala. A port city that specializes in many different types of marine trade, the local news is that the port wine from Cochin, or Kochi as it is often called, is to die for. With East European and Art Deco styled houses lining the roads, Kochi picked up a massive influence from its European trading partners.

After arriving in Cochin, the tour group will book a room at the luxury resort picked by the tour company, and post refreshments will be free for the rest of the day, a time they should utilize to the maximum and rest up, or take the chance to get a taste of some of the famed wines that are shipped through the ports of Cochin.

The city is an absolute haven for people who like wines, as you can buy red, white, port and even rose wines of amazing qualities at very cheap prices, dropping down to as low as Rs.200 a bottle.

You should also take the chance to view the famed Kathakali dance at Kumarakom, as it is a large part of the culture of Kerala.
Cochin is pretty much the most important city in Kerala, as it single handedly facilitates more than half of the marine trading in the entire state. 

Besides the amazing economy and an interesting culture that came about as a result of the European influences on the state, Kochi also has a range of different things for tourists to see, such as Hill Palace Museum, St, Francis Church, Dutch Palace and many others.

Hill Palace Museum, situated at Hill Palace Road, Thripunithura, is one of the first places to visit while in the city of Kochi. Formerly the palace of the Maharaja of Kochi, Hill Palace Museum offers tourists one of the most authentic views into the lives of the Rajahs of old.

The building itself is now a museum that also features a small but very interesting zoo, showcasing paintings originally owned by the royal families of Cochin, along with lots of different cultural artifacts divided into a total of 16 different galleries.

St. Francis Church is another one of the most historically significant locations in Kochi, as this church is the original burial site of world famous artist, Vasco De Gama. Open from 7 in the morning to 7 in the evening, St. Francis Church is a beautiful example of the European construction found all around Cochin.

The Dutch Palace is one of the most impressive buildings in Cochin, and was built by the Portuguese as a sign of gratitude to the then Rajah of Kerala. With one of the most impressive building designs in the city and an art gallery that is a must-see, you should put Dutch Palace high on your list of things to see.

After the tour group is done sightseeing, they will stay the night at the resort in the city.

The next day, after breakfast and preparation, is the trip from Cochin to Thekkady, a location in the idyllic countryside of Kerala. 

Dotted by estates where many different spices, such as Cardamom, pepper and others are farmed, along with a range of different tea and coffee estates, Thekkady is one of the most tranquil locations you’ll find in the state of Kerala.

The natural friendliness of the residents means that almost all of these estates are open to the public. After checking in to the hotel room allocated to you by the tour company, your first step should be to check out some of the estates, where you can even get a taste of the things they’re growing, and a cup of delicious, high quality tea at the tea estates.

After you’re done with visiting the different estates, it's time for the real highlight of Thekkady: the rice boat rides in the Periyar Lake. Famed for being a unique experience unlike anything else, the rice boat rides have drawn hundreds of people to the countryside of Thekkady.

Thekkady also has an awesome evening market that you should check out when heading back to the hotel. With stalls from almost every single estate you’ll find in the countryside, you can easily pick up a bag (or two) of delicious tea, grown in some of the most authentic tea estates in India.

After the tour group is done sightseeing, they will be staying the night at a hotel in Periyar, taking the chance to rest up after a day full of excitement.
The seventh day of the trip starts with a complimentary breakfast at the hotel, after which the group will be heading to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, which plays host to a lot of endangered and rare species you won’t usually find in the country.

From the exotic Bengali Tiger to rare migratory birds that have started dying out due to pollution, you can take the opportunity to witness some of the rarest animals in the country. The sanctuary is also home to types of more common wildlife animals, such as the Indian Elephant, different breeds of deer, and many others.

After this begins the 5 hour drive back to Trivandrum, starting from the arrival point in Trivandrum. However, the drive will pause at a number of different locations, so that the tour group can see some of the culturally and historically important sites, buildings, temples and beautiful scenes of nature along the way.

One of the most important stops is the renowned Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple, which is a giant monument to the god Vishnu. Having been repaired and rebuilt in the early parts of the 17th Century, this temple showcases South Indian Architecture at its very peak.
This is the last day of the trip, and concludes the trip on a happy note. 

After arriving in Trivandrum in the morning and enjoying a delicious breakfast at one of the most famous nearby eateries, the tour group parts ways over the course of the day as they make their departure at their respective times from Trivandrum Airport.

Conclusion :
A trip of the backwaters of Kerala  - Alleppey (Alappuzha) is absolutely essential if you want to understand what India is truly like. One of the most significant states in the country, Kerala has a rich culture that is heartened by years of rich history.

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Tour Inclusions

  • Breakfast in Hotels / Resorts.
  • 6 Nights accommodation in Hotels / Resorts.
  • 1 Night in Deluxe Houseboat (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
  • Air conditioned car as per tour mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Transfers, sightseeing tour as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • English speaking Driver cum Guide.
  • Toll, State Taxes, Road Taxes, Parking. 
  • All Govt. taxes.
  • Driver allowances. 
  • Mineral water bottles during the journey. 
  • Personal assistance, care and attention by Cosmovision.

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“Beautiful Kerala”
Ms. Kaur - UAE

Travelling in a houseboat in Alleppey is the ultimate experience. We loved it the most, thanks for your suggestions and bookings of travel services in Kerala.

“Thanks to all”
Mr. Aryan - Singapore

Our customized trip to Kerala was awesome, it was for 8 days booked through Cosmovision. Our stay in Alleppey on a luxury houseboat was incredible. Rooms are neat and clean, the ambience was good, and the food on the houseboat was fresh and tasty. Our car was comfortable, and the driver was always on time. Overall the tour was well organized. Thanks to Shobhit and his team.

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