10 Best Alleppey Houseboats in Kerala, India - Updated 2021

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Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha, draws tourists annually for its backwaters alone. In fact, it earned the moniker “Venice of the East” for its canals, and the houseboats - which are actually more like floating resorts - are an attraction in themselves. And similar to fabulous Airbnb vacation rentals in Alleppey, our recommendations of houseboats will provide you with a comfortable and memorable stay. Book one of these 10 best Alleppey houseboats in Kerala, India, and get a chance to explore the backwaters yourself.

1. Double bedroom houseboat for 5 people (from USD 198)

This option comes with a fully-packed itinerary, where guests can enjoy cruising the backwaters of Alleppey - and spot verdant rice paddies, coconut groves, temples, and local homes - and spending the night on the houseboat itself. Traditional food and drinks are offered to guests while on board, although they can also purchase fresh seafood from the fisherfolk and have them prepared by the chef on the boat. For an additional fee, guests can make arrangements for pickup from the Cochin International Airport.

Double Bedroom House Boat For 5 PAX
Alappuzha, Kerala, India
11 reviews
Houseboat 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the deck seating is comfortable for 2 maybe 3
the bed linen have definitely seen better days
overall not bad lots of mosquitoes take bug spray and toilet paper
amazing seacruise on the backwaters with two nice hosts
owner stays in cochin and his presence would have been much appreciated
vargese chettai was really great and accommodating
if you go around allepey you will find much nice better value for money places
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2. Amrutham houseboats (from USD 163)

Couples on a holiday in Alleppey will appreciate this option, which caters specifically to a maximum of two guests at a time. The tour starts at 12 noon, where guests are given welcome drinks. They are then taken to cruise the the backwaters of Alleppey before docking for the night at a local village, where visitors are given the opportunity to do some land-based sightseeing. Rates are already inclusive of all meals.

AMRUTHAM HOUSEBOATS (Kumarakom/Alleppey)
Kumarakom, Kerala, India
Boat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
host was very good with great comms & so responsive & easy to arrange the trip
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3. Angel sail over backwaters (from USD 156)

This Alappuzha boathouse is able to accommodate up to six people. Besides the boat cruise, guests can also enjoy going on a village walk if they wish once the boat docks. Like the other houseboats, the AC is turned on from 9 am to 6 pm. However, round-the-clock AC services can be arranged at an additional cost. Similarly, guests who wish to be welcomed with a fruit basket or have a candlelit dinner on board can request for these for an added fee.

Angel Backwaters 2 Bedroom -Deluxe Alleppey Round
Alappuzha, Kerala, India
5 reviews
Boat 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
the staff were attentive but kept out of site for us out really enjoy the privacy of the boat
very good and responsive host
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4. Kanila heritage houseboat (from 164 USD)

The houseboat is docked not far away from the bus and train stations, although guests are welcome to request for pickup if they wish. They also have the relative freedom to choose which type of food they want to eat from the menu (traditional Indian cuisine) provided by the host.

Kanila heritage houseboat

Price: from 164 USD

Number of Guests: 4

5. Genesis houseboats (from USD 136)

Able to accommodate up to three people, this houseboat is manned by staff who would go above and beyond the line of duty in order to accommodate customers’ requests (including but not limited to serving vegetarian food and ensuring that the different areas of the boat are clean at all times). WiFi and cable TV are available on site.

Genesis Houseboats Single Bedroom, Alappuzha
Alappuzha, Kerala, India
3 reviews
Boat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
kevin was a kind host who was always available on phone
staff was very helpful caring even they extended their attention for serving vegetarian food
the host was very kind i had asked for some special arrangements which they did
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6. Overnight private houseboat in Alleppey (from USD 149)

This rental is inclusive of a tour that takes guests along rice paddies and coconut palms. The staff can accommodate requests for vegetarian meals; however, they should be notified in advance to do so. The air conditioning is turned on from 10 pm to 6 am. Do note that guests are required to present their visa or passport to check in.

Overnight Private Houseboat in Aleppey -01 Bedroom
Kainakary South, Kerala, India
Boat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

7. Luxury floating houseboat cruise (from USD 679)

This rental not only offers a backwater cruise, which is among the best things to do in Alappuzha, and an overnight accommodation on board but also features music and indoor games to keep guests amused during their stay. There is also WiFi on the boat. For an additional fee, they can also enjoy going on a canoe ride and a campfire, as well as live cultural shows.

Luxury Floating Houseboat Cruise
Alappuzha, Kerala, India
12 reviews
Private room in boat 9 Beds 9 Bedrooms 8 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
however the listing advertised free wifi indoor games and fishing that we did not find on our boat
rooms were very clean free from mosquitoes
the staffs were courteous and responsive
hosts were great and accommodative
the crew was super nice and helpful
loved the spacious room the food the hosts onboard
the staff was very hospitable our house-boat was pretty clean and the decor was amazing
we enjoyed a short village walk in the evening when boat halted at some village
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8. Alleppey houseboat

Depending on the party size, arrangements can be made for houseboats with four, five, six, or seven bedrooms (with each bedroom able to accommodate up to two guests). Deluxe houseboats have air conditioning services that are turned on from 9 pm to 6 am (do note that it will take about an hour before the room cools after turning on the AC). Those who want to beat the heat, however, can get a premium houseboat, which has round-the-clock air conditioning. Rates are inclusive of meals and snacks.

Allappey Houseboat , Allappuzha , Kerala
Allapuzha, Kerala, India
Private room in houseboat 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

9. Floating cottage on the shores of Vambanad Lake

This rental is docked on the shores of Vambanad Lake, and guests can take the canoe cottage to explore the vicinity, where they can see a variety of wildlife. Rates are inclusive of breakfast. If you’re wondering about an Alleppey boathouse price, the cost of this rental is quite affordable considering the number of amenities available on board.

Floating Cottage on the shores of Vambanad Lake
Alappuzha, Kerala, India
13 reviews
Private room in houseboat 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

10. Three-bedroom houseboat, backwater tour in Alleppey

With this Alleppey boathouse rental, you get two for the price of one, as you not only get accommodation, you also get a guide to point out the notable attractions in the backwaters of Alleppey. Each bedroom comes with its own balcony and restroom. Environmental advocates will appreciate the fact that practically every part of the boat - from its build to its furnishings - are eco-friendly. Rates are already inclusive of meals.

3 Bed Room Houseboat Alleppey , Back water Tour
Boat 3 Beds

Float along the backwaters of Alleppey

Houseboats are not just a quirky accommodation; renting one of these will allow you to explore the famous backwaters of Alleppey yourself. Doing so will also allow you to explore the other attractions in the vicinity, including the beaches and lagoons. And in Alleppey, boathouse booking can be easily done via Airbnb. So, rent one of these houseboats and have a unique adventure in one of the oldest yet unspoiled towns in India.

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