Alleppey HouseBoat Services

What is a houseboat?

A houseboat is a modernised traditional barge of Kerala, which was used mainly for inland transportation of goods and passengers in the waterlogged areas like Kuttanad and Kochi in the ancient days. During the spice trading era, these boats were the main carriers which connected the seaports and plantations. Upon strong growth of the Tourism sector, some entrepreneurs had this idea of converting this goods carrier into a floating Houseboat for the Tourists by facilitating it with a hotel type room with attached toilet and Kitchen. Initially these boats were rowed manually by using long bamboo crutches, but later it got mechanized using heavy engines to make the journey more enjoyable and relaxed.

The modern-day basic house boat essentially has a Lounge area, room/rooms with attached toilet and a kitchen. Just like any boat, houseboats also have got a crew comprising of a well trained and experienced helmsman who steers the boat, a docker to assist the helmsman and a Chef to cook some authentic Kerala dishes.

Location:

These houseboats are operated mainly around the Vembanadu Lake which spans to 2195 Square Kilometers of kuttanadu region comprising Alappuzha, Kumarakom and some parts of Kochi and Kollam Districts in Kerala. But majourity of the houseboat operators are located in the Alappuzha region of Kuttanadu due to its scenic beauty and origin.

Mode of Operation:

Almost all the houseboats are operated by Individuals or travel companies privately according to their schedules and timings. Each of them provides their itinerary and class of service. The rooms and facilities in each house boat vary from boat to boat. Some houseboats have standard rooms, some with Deluxe rooms and some with luxurious/premium rooms. But they all have toilet attached rooms varying in numbers from one to nine, a lounge area and a Kitchen. Generally there is a standardized cruise package and timing in the houseboat sector which most operators are following. Day cruise and Overnight Cruise are the two basic packages that most of the operators follow. Package details shall be discussed further in the below section.

Food Menu:

The menu is also standardized generally in all houseboats. The package offered normally includes meal plan. All houseboats serve vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian food on board especially of the traditional kerala style meals, except alchoholic beverages. But any such beverages can be had in the boat only if you can bring it by your own means. Welcome drink is served on arrival, lunch would be authentic kerala meals with fish fry (Pearl spot/Pomfret/Salmon/King Fish), Dinner includes Chappathi/Appam with Chicken curry and Vegetable stew and Breakfast can be Idly/Dosa with Sambar and Chutney or even a continental breakfast if you like. Apart of this generalized menu, you may also order your customized menu in advance at the time of booking and the cost of the special menu will vary from operator

Menu Options

Welcome Drink Normal Squash/ Ready mix
Welcome Drink Special Fresh Juices/Tender Coconut
Vegetarian Meals Authentic Kerala Rice/Basmati Rice with Dal, Sambar, Pulicherry, Avial, Rasam, Pappadam, Pickle, payasam...
Non-Vegetarian Meal Authentic Kerala Rice/Basmati Rice with Fish Fry, Chicken Kurma, Sambar, Pulicherry, Avial, Rasam, Pappadam, Pickle, payasam...
Tea Snacks Tea/Coffee with Banana Fry/ Veg Pakoda

Alappuzha HouseBoat Prices

Alleppey HouseBoat Services

HouseBoat Packages in Alappuzha

and Itinerary

Day Cruise

Day cruise is the cruise given on a houseboat during daytime. Day cruise is especially designed for sightseeing around the backwaters and accommodates many numbers of people depending on the capacity of the boat. Travellers who have very little time to spend or people who travel in groups can choose this option where you can have still have a gaze at the scenic natural beauty of backwaters without opting to stay for the night in the boat. The usage of the rooms during daytime is limited or may be without rooms depending on mutual agreement at the time of booking. But the common areas like lounge area, upper deck/sundeck area of the boat can be used.

Day Cruise - Itinerary
11.00 Am Check-in, Welcome Drink, Cruise Starts
1.00 Pm Lunch Break (Docks for 45 Mins)
1.45 Pm Cruise Resumes
30.30 Pm Tea Snacks
5.00 Pm Check-out

Menu Options

Welcome Drink Normal Squash/ Ready mix
Welcome Drink Special Fresh Juices/Tender Coconut
Vegetarian Meals Authentic Kerala Rice/Basmati Rice with Dal, Sambar, Pulicherry, Avial, Rasam, Pappadam, Pickle, payasam...
Non-Vegetarian Meal Authentic Kerala Rice/Basmati Rice with Fish Fry, Chicken Kurma, Sambar, Pulicherry, Avial, Rasam, Pappadam, Pickle, payasam...
Tea Snacks Tea/Coffee with Banana Fry/ Veg Pakoda

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Overnight Cruise

Overnight Cruise includes the day cruise combined with night stay in the houseboat room. The rooms are air conditioned but normally cooled between 9pm and 6am for standard and deluxe category houseboats. Another point about the Overnight stay is that the boat is docked to the land by 5pm for the night stay. There after TV is one option for leisure. You can also try fishing or engage in some indoor games or even go for a village trekking to places around the docking area. Early morning by 6am, there starts another cruise and ends by 8am and breakfast is served. The rooms are twin sharing rooms with extra bed/person options available on an additional fare. Kids below the age of 6 are not chargeable.

Overnight Cruise - Itinerary: Day 1
11.00 Am Check-in, Welcome Drink, Cruise Starts
1.00 Pm Lunch Break (Docks for 45 Mins)
1.45 Pm Cruise Resumes
30.30 Pm Tea Snacks
5.00 Pm Cruise Ends and docks to land area
8.00 Pm Dinner
Overnight Cruise - Itinerary: Day 2
6.00 Am Morning Tea/Coffee, Cruise resumes
8.00 Am Breakfast
9.00 Am Check-out

Menu Options

Welcome Drink Normal Squash/ Ready mix
Welcome Drink Special Fresh Juices/Tender Coconut
Vegetarian Meals Authentic Kerala Rice/Basmati Rice with Dal, Sambar, Pulicherry, Avial, Rasam, Pappadam, Pickle, payasam...
Non-Vegetarian Meal Authentic Kerala Rice/Basmati Rice with Fish Fry, Chicken Kurma, Sambar, Pulicherry, Avial, Rasam, Pappadam, Pickle, payasam...
Tea Snacks Tea/Coffee with Banana Fry/ Veg Pakoda
Vegetarian Dinner Chappathi/Appam with Veg Stew/Dal and chilly gobi/paneer Masala
Non-Vegetarian Dinner Chappathi/Appam with Veg Stew/Dal and Chicken Kurma
Vegetarian Breakfast Idly/Dosa with Sambar and Chatney

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Night Stay with Cruise

Night stay with cruise is designed for travelers who like to spend the night in a houseboat and who is short on time. This starts from 5.30 Pm and ends at 9am next day which includes welcome drink, Dinner and breakfast. In this package, after check-in, the boat cruises for a while to reach its docking place for the night stay and anchors there. Just like the overnight stay, TV, Fishing or indoor games are the options to keep you engaged. Dinner is served at 8 pm and a morning cruise is the attraction of this package. The rooms are twin sharing rooms with extra bed/person options available on an additional fare. Kids below the age of 6 are not chargeable.

Night Stay with Cruise - Itinerary: Day 1
5.30 Pm Check-in, Welcome Drink, Cruise Starts
6.00 Pm Cruise Ends and docks to land area
8.00 Pm Dinner
Night Stay with Cruise - Itinerary: Day 2
6.00 Am Morning Tea/Coffee, Cruise resumes
8.00 Am Breakfast
9.00 Am Check-out

How to make the booking?

While you have decided to go for the houseboat cruise, please specify the type of cruise you want to opt, exact date and time of arrival, no of persons with Adults and Kids, number of rooms required if for the night stay. This could help us to save time and improve the precision of bookings. The houseboat pricing is volatile and may change according to busy holidays and weekends. So please plan accordingly and help yourself. All bookings are confirmed against advance payments. 50% cancellation charges are applicable in case of cancellation within 14 to 7 days from the date of cruise and 100% cancellation charges applicable in case of no show or cancellation within 7 days from the date of cruise.

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