Experiencing the Houseboats in Kerala

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For anyone heading to the Kerala backwaters, an experience on the houseboats in Keralaย is a must, for you have not really experienced the backwaters if you have not done this.

The houseboat experience can be done at Alleypey or Kumarakom in Kerala. There are quite a few Kerala tour packages that offer a trip across these two destinations. For a more rustic experience, would recommend Alleypey, while Kumarakom is quite well-developed and gives a more touristy experience.

But most of us will be faced with this dilemma of – stay or a day trip?

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Most houseboat operators offer both. While making the decision keep in mind the following –

  • The houseboats operate on the backwaters only between 9 am to 5 pm.
  • Post 6 pm, all of them dock at their pre-designated spots and stay there till the next morning 9am.
  • Some houseboats are well equipped with a TV and DVD sets but do note, that the regular channels will not be available and unless you are carrying your own set of CDs, you are left at the mercy of what is available with the houseboat.
  • Food on the houseboat – both dinner and breakfast is what the houseboat will offer you. You will not have a choice around considering you will be docked at points, that may not even have a grocery outlet.
  • If you are a non-vegetarian – do not miss their local Karimeenย (local fish) preparation. Most houseboats offer the same for lunch/ dinner.
  • Keep a mosquito repellent handy in the evening

If you are in a group, we suggest you go for this experience of overnight as it can turn out to be good fun when you have company.Or if you are a honeymoon couple, it would not be such a bad option either!

Suggested Tour Operators for Houseboats in Kerala :ย 

(based on various traveler feedback)

  • http://www.amruthamholidays.com/
  • http://lakeviewhouseboat.com/
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21 Responses

  1. We spent a day on houseboat while visiting Kerala…it was a wonderful experience… ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Thanks Maniparna for reading through. Backwaters is an unforgettable experience and am sure you will cherish it for a long time.
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  3. I now understand what you are talking about even though I went only on a day trip! It is beautiful.

  4. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks Mridula. We must exchange some more notes on the same

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  7. I stayed at Kumarakom resort and loved the boat rides and lunch on the boat.

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  9. Glad you enjoyed it. Did you go for a day trip or an overnight?

  10. Yet to experience a day there!
    Great read.

  11. Was at Bekal last weekend … still there is so much to explore in Kerala .. Need to go back again to the experience a houseboat stay at Backwaters..


  12. Thanks Indrani. Great season to go now. ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. Thanks Swati and Sam. You must experience Backwaters once. It really is a beautiful experience.

  14. hi,

    this is really great post abour houseboats in kerala. it's make me crazy to travel in kerla


  15. Thanks Shahid.

  16. Really awesome information on your blogs about Kerala tour packages the part of India. I have read all knowledge regarding to Kerala tourism for tourist, large number of people booking honeymoon package in Kerala destination. I think you should also make plane trip in Kerala tour packages.

  17. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you and Kerala is an amazing place. Would love to plan more trips here.

  18. The real comfort of travel is given by small little things not by luxurious things……….Indian Travel Agents & Indian Tour Operators

  19. Totally agree ๐Ÿ˜€

  20. Houseboats are really a great fun !! If you are travelling to Kerala and you are missing houseboats then your Kerala trip is incomplete.

    A good post and thanks for sharing it ๐Ÿ™‚

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  21. Thanks Pathin. The experience on the backwaters is amazing.

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