Top 3 Airbnb Houseboats Near Ernakulam, India

houseboats in ernakulam

Ernakulam, in Kochi, part of the Kerala region in southwest India, is a neighborhood steeped in ancient history. Kochi was originally the capital of the Kingdom of Cochin, which was supposedly established back in the 12th century. Today, Ernakulam is a thriving district where you can find some of Kochi’s top attractions. These include Hill Palace Museum, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, and Kalady, where you can breathe in the fresh air and enjoy views of the Purna River, a tributary of the mighty Godavari River. Purna River is actually one of the boundaries of Ernakulam. And so, what better way to experience the district and the rest of Kochi by sailing down the river or, better yet, making a houseboat your home for your visit? Read on to see the top Airbnb houseboats near Ernakulam, India.

1. Traditional Keralan houseboat with full-board meals (from USD 130)

Purna River is not the only body of water you can explore while you’re in Kerala. There’s also serene Vembanad Lake in Alappuzha, a scenic two-hour drive away from Ernakulam. It’s here where you’ll get to board this traditional Keralan houseboat.

This spacious, two-bedroom, two-bathroom houseboat is made with native materials and features plenty of space and facilities for a group of up to eight people. There is a sun deck where you can lounge and get a tan or enjoy the scenery, and there is an air-conditioning system as well.

Stay on a Lake
Alappuzha, Kerala, India
17 reviews
Houseboat 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
tastefully decorated with nice bathroom and hot water shower
rooms were surprisingly clean
the houseboat was very clean and tidy and much better than expected
the boat house was very clean and modern and our stay was comfortable
a lovely modern clean boat the crew were very nice food excellent
the staff are lovely and looked after us really well
food was amazing and crew were very friendly and helpful
all staff on the boat were so welcoming and had the perfect amount of interaction and distance
raiyaan was also very helpful in organizing a ride for us from kochi and then onwards to varkala
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2. Romantic houseboat perfect for couples (from USD 86)

Planning a lovely holiday with your significant other? Explore the backwaters of Kerala aboard this gorgeous and romantic houseboat. This Airbnb rental operates in Kumarakom, which is about 1 hour and 30 minutes south of Ernakulam.

Specifically designed for couples, this houseboat offers complete privacy and all the essential amenities, including power, water, an air-conditioning system, a living area, and a kitchen. To preserve power, there’s a lights-off rule at 10pm, all the more reason to admire the dark night skies, far away from light pollution.

Backwater Routes Houseboats
Kumarakom, Kerala, India
6 reviews
Houseboat 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
the crew was excellent and attentive
care taker were really frndly and food was good
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3. Traditional-style luxury barge (from USD 198)

Sail through the backwaters of Kerala and explore its hidden villages and towns. This large and luxurious houseboat for five people will be the perfect vessel. Anchored at Vembanad Lake in Alapuzzha, this kettuvallam-style pleasure barge has two spacious bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Go all out and enjoy the waters in style. Feast on traditional Kuttanadan cuisine as the houseboat slowly cruises along the waters. Sail past traditional fishing villages, beautiful water lilies, and ancient temples along the rivers and lake. At night, the houseboat will be docked and you’re free to explore the surrounding areas.

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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Have an unforgettable trip in a houseboat

Start your Kerala adventure in Ernakulam and make your way to all of the attractions this region has to offer. For the perfect trip, book one of the best houseboats in Ernukalam, India, listed above.

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