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Explore The Backwaters Of Kerala In One Of These 10 Airbnb Houseboats - Updated 2020

Explore The Backwaters Of Kerala In One Of These 10 Airbnb Houseboats - Updated 2020
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Lying on India’s tropical Malabar Coast is the state of Kerala. The area is known for its sandy beaches lined with palm trees and its backwater canals. A popular means of transportation is the canoes and kayaks that glide through the emerald waters of the canals. Along the banks of the canals are modern resorts and casinos, quaint villages, a bird sanctuary, and rice paddies. To get the most out of your Kerala vacation, you should rent a houseboat to explore the area. Many of the floating homes on this list include an onboard chef and planned excursions that allow you to explore all that Kerala has to offer. You can find boats that accommodate large groups or are ideal for a romantic getaway. During the day, you will see thousands of boats on the waterways, while at night, you will be docked near a village or a resort with their restaurants and entertainment venues. Read on to find out more about the top 10 Airbnb houseboats in Kerala that we’ve handpicked for you!

1. Aqua Castle houseboat (from USD 209)

You will feel as if you are living in a resort when you book a cruise on this luxury houseboat. You get an air-conditioned bedroom with a TV, a work desk, Wi-Fi access, and a private bathroom. A chef is on board to provide breakfast, afternoon snacks, and dinner. A complimentary cocktail will be served when you board the houseboat to get your journey started on a high note. Relax in the communal lounge and enjoy the passing scenery around you.

Aqua Castle Houseboat
Alappuzha, Kerala, India
3 reviews
Boat 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the highlight of our trip to india
sometimes communication was a bit difficult, but other than that it was amazing
and to be honest, we would wait again if it meant getting this wonderful experience
we had a special diet that required quite a lot of effort and the chef bent over backwards to work with us
Host:
his team made us feel extremely welcome and our experience was fantastic
pothen was a very hospitable host
the boat was nice and the experience of spending all day every day out cruising the waterways was incredible
the staff were kind and extremely accommodating
Location:
a well maintained boat , attentive staff and proper food , i would like to visit aqua castle again, i really liked the hospitality , worth every penny
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2. Dona houseboat (from USD 126)

This luxurious houseboat has eight bedrooms so it can accommodate large groups or families, but it is also ideal for a couple looking for a romantic getaway. Your bedroom will include a large bed, a private bathroom, and windows for you to enjoy the view of the river and its banks. Breakfast is provided in the communal dining room and you will have access to the kitchen if you wish to cook your own meals. If you’d rather try some of the top-notch local delicacies, the restaurants in the resorts along the banks of the river are within easy reach.

Dona House Boats
Alappuzha, Kerala, India
Private room in boat 8 Beds 8 Bedrooms 8 Bathrooms

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3. Two-bedroom houseboat (from USD 190)

This two-bedroom houseboat will provide you with a unique vacation experience. Your air-conditioned bedroom comes with a TV and a private bathroom. Feel free to relax in the lounge on the top deck or get in a bit of fishing. All of your meals are provided by the onboard chef, or you can use the kitchen to cook your own meals if you want to. You will be greeted with a basket of fruits and a cocktail, and you can arrange for a candlelight dinner during your stay if you wish to.

Angel Backwaters 2 Bedroom -Deluxe Alleppey Round
Alappuzha, Kerala, India
5 reviews
Boat 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
if you are a malayalie you will really appreciate the local knowledge of the captain
Cleanliness:
the boat was clean and plenty of space to lounge around and enjoy the views of the trip
Host:
very good experience
very good and responsive host
the house boat was beautiful! we had a great time! :)only one feedback- please try and be more eco friendly
the boat are great and the food are marvelous
Location:
the staff were attentive but kept out of site for us out really enjoy the privacy of the boat
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4. Five-bedroom houseboat in the backwaters of Kerala (from USD 685)

This large houseboat is ideal for large groups or families traveling for get-together celebrations or reunions. It features five large bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. There is also a living room with a TV, a dining room, a party area, and a sun deck. A chef will travel on board with you and cook up some tasty local dishes. The kitchen is available for guests to use if you wish to cook for yourselves.

5 Bedroom House Boat at Backwaters of Kerala
Alappuzha, Kerala, India
Private room in boat 10 Beds 5 Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms

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5. Antony's eco houseboat (from USD 63)

Enjoy an environmentally friendly vacation on this houseboat in Alappuzha. The boat is designed to run on solar energy and remains docked in a lovely village with lake views. You will be picked up by a canoe and transported to the main houseboat, where you will enjoy complimentary cocktails. During your stay, you will appreciate the free kayak rides, fishing, swimming, and stopovers in the village. Or you can simply relax and fall asleep to the gentle rocking of the houseboat. The rates are inclusive of all the meals you’ll be having on the boat.

Antony's Boat Cottage
Alappuzha, Kerala, India
5 reviews
Private room in boat 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
since it is four adults, they charged extra 4000rs stating that bigger boat is needed to accommodate four people
there were cockroaches all over the place and we stepped on some of them
the only minor criticism is that the chef stays overnight on the boat with you, and your living room is his bedroom, so if he fancies an early night you need to get out of his way
the food, cooked by your own chef, was very nice and very generous portions
the rice boat is really special, very comfortable and environmentally a great idea
Cleanliness:
i have booked the boat for four guests, however, after check-in, it was informed that only 2 adults and 2 kids can be accommodated in the particular boat
Host:
the host is nice
i booked this boat for almost 2 weeks before and i have updated the details of the people who are going to checkin
otherwise a really lovely experience
Location:
to see the backwaters in a quiet, tranquil way, being paddled around by your own captain in a shaded canoe is definitely the way to do it! you get really close to life in the area
the boat is well designed
the eco boat is a great experience
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6. JCT houseboat

This six-bedroom houseboat has all the amenities you need for a great vacation. Your bedroom will be fitted with a large, comfortable bed and a private bathroom. Relax and mingle with other travelers in the communal living area, dining room or on the sundeck. There will be a welcome cocktail, and afternoon tea and snacks will be provided. The captain will arrange a number of activities for passengers on board, including evening shows, a stop in a rice paddy, and a walk in the local village.

JCT houseboat

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7. Floating boathouse

Enjoy touring the canals and backwaters of Alappuzha in this two-bedroom boathouse. The boathouse features two bathrooms, a small living/dining area, and a well-appointed kitchen. Guests are welcome to cook their own meals but breakfast will be provided. Accommodating up to four guests comfortably, the air-conditioned boathouse is available for day or overnight cruises.

Floating boathouse

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8. GOC deluxe boathouse

This houseboat is ideal for a romantic cruise down the river. It features a bedroom with an attached bathroom, a large living and dining area with a deck, and a private in-house chef who will be traveling with you. As if those weren’t enough to entice guests, this deluxe houseboat also includes ayurvedic massages, fishing, and evening activities. Enjoy visiting the bird sanctuary or strolling through the fishing village, and feel free to ask the captain for recommendations, he’ll be more than happy to answer you.

GOC Deluxe Boat House
Alappuzha, Kerala, India
Boat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

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9. Tharangini houseboat

This large floating home has six private rooms with bathrooms. All the rooms have a double bed, a TV, air conditioning, and a private dining area. During your cruise, you will have access to the sun deck, and your meals will be prepared by the chef on board. There will also be opportunities for fishing off the boat and sightseeing when the houseboat is passing by local villages and resorts.

Tharangini Houseboat (Rooms on sharing basis)
Aryad South, Kerala, India
Private room in boat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

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10. Kerala houseboat

Enjoy cruising the canals and backwater of Kerala in this air-conditioned houseboat. You will get a private bedroom with two beds and a bathroom. Relax and mingle with other travelers in the communal lounge or on the sun deck. Breakfast is provided for you, although you will have full access to the kitchen to cook your meals. Enjoy fishing from the deck or visiting local villages and modern resorts located along the banks of the river.

Kerala House Boat
Alappuzha, Kerala, India
Boat 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

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A unique vacation experience

You should strive to try something new every time you go on a vacation. In Kerala, you can do that by staying on a houseboat that glides along the backwaters, where you can enjoy fishing from the decks, exploring local villages, or an exciting night out at one of the many resorts located along the banks. Whatever activity you choose, you will be sure to go home with many exhilarating memories to share with your friends and family.

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