Top 5 Houseboats Near Kuttanad, Kerala - Updated 2024

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Kuttanad, widely known as “The Rice Bowl of Kerala,” is an expanse of lush green landscapes and beautiful backwaters. It covers the districts of Alappuzha, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta with its paddy fields and unique geographical features. Kuttanad is a haven of rivers, such as Pamba, Meenachil, Achankovil and Manimala. It’s also known for its widespread coconut groves and houseboat tourism on the backwaters.

Houseboats offer you a magical water retreat away from the cacophony of daily life. Experience an unforgettable stay amidst the scenic backwaters. It’s a healing experience and a romantic getaway for nature lovers. Here’s a list of the top houseboats near Kuttanad, Kerala, so that you can unwind on your holiday.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on July 10, 2024.

1. Traditional houseboat on Vembanad Lake (from USD 144)

This houseboat on Vembanad Lake melds the traditions of Kerala with modern facilities on board. It has a lounge with a TV and large windows so that you can relax and enjoy the glossy views outside.

The property also has a spacious bedroom and bathroom with a walk-in shower, and there’s a well-furnished upper deck for you to simply sit back and let the beauty of the backwaters sink in.

The houseboat takes guests on an enchanting ride on the lake before docking for the night. Although the entire area has a cool breeze, air conditioning is made available to the guests. The nearest airport, Cochin International Airport, is 82 km (51 mi) away, and an airport shuttle can be arranged for an extra cost.

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Alappuzha, Kerala, India
12 reviews   Wifi Available
Houseboat 1 Bed 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

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Amenities & Room:
you get to watch a wonderful view as you are having your breakfast
all the staff was very kind and helpful
it's simply amazing and the staffs are amazing too
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2. Aqua Castle Houseboat - by Aqua Jumbo Houseboats (from USD 157)

Aqua Castle Houseboat - by Aqua Jumbo Houseboats is set on the backwaters of Alleppey. The houseboat offers air-conditioned rooms with a TV and room service from the in-house restaurant. The rooms are pleasantly bright to contrast with the dark wood furniture. Although the interiors of the houseboat have quaint details, it has all the modern facilities you’ll need.

The property facilitates free parking and 24-hour guest services, and there’s a fully equipped kitchen and dining area for the guests. It’s also only 4.6 km (2.9 mi) from the finishing point of the Alleppey Boat Race.

Other nearby attractions are Pathiramanal Island 14.5 km (9 mi) away, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary 29.3 km (18.2 mi) away, Revi Karunakaran Memorial Museum around 6 km (3.7 mi) away and Allepey Lighthouse approximately 7.3 km (4.5 mi) away.

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Aqua Castle Houseboat - by Aqua Jumbo Houseboats

Wifi Available

Address: Punnamada Jetty

Parking Room service 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Non-smoking rooms Fishing Family rooms Breakfast in the room Free parking

3. Xandari Riverscapes (from USD 220)

Xandari Riverscapes has an amazing array of houseboats sailing along the Vembanad Lake and docked near Pallathuruthy Bridge. The traditional houseboats, referred to as “kettuvallam,” have up to three bedrooms available. All suites are air conditioned with laundry services and an on-call doctor.

You’ll appreciate the views from the open-air lounge, upper deck accessible by stairs and picture windows in the bedroom. Guests can also savour Kerala cuisine on board and enjoy canoeing and fishing in the backwaters. There are also nearby attractions, such as Vijay Park for children 7.7 km (4.8 mi) away and Alleppey Lighthouse 7 km (4.3 mi) away. The nearby beaches, Alleppey Beach and Thumpoly Beach, are also within a 25-minute drive.

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Xandari Riverscapes

Address: Near Pallathuruthy Bridge

Parking Room service Non-smoking rooms Fishing Family rooms Breakfast in the room Free parking Canoeing

4. Soma House Boat (from USD 175)

Soma House Boat presents you with the ultimate cruising experience on the backwaters of Kerala. Enjoy the ever-changing views of the glassy waters in the utmost comforts of this boat. It has plenty of amenities and luxuries, such as a spa and wellness centre, salon services and banquet facilities. This boat has 24-hour security and can cater to people with disabilities. It will also offer you mouth-watering meals that are cooked fresh aboard.

Gaze at the gorgeous views from the balcony or the picture windows inside. There are also many activities for you to enjoy, such as walking tours and cooking and yoga classes. The friendly staff can even organise live musical performances and themed dinner nights for guests.

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Soma House Boat

Wheelchair accessible Visual Aid: Braille Visual Aid: Tactile

Address: 9/36 Nehru Trophy Finishing Point , thathampally P.O, Alleppey, Kerala , South India

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Business centre

5. Casino Houseboats (from USD 383)

Casino Houseboats offers you a selection of first-class rooms for your stay. All of them are well furnished and have the finest beds for your comfort. The houseboat provides continental or à la carte breakfasts to guests, and there are themed dinner nights and fishing trips available.

There’s a meeting and banquet hall for events inside the boat, and couples and families can stay in the luxurious bedrooms. Several attractions, such as Revi Karunakaran Memorial Museum, are within a 20-minute drive. You also won’t have any trouble getting here because Alappuzha Railway Station is only 6.2 km (3.9 mi) away.

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Casino Houseboats

Wifi Available

Address: Finishing Point Road

Room service Meeting/banquet facilities 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Non-smoking rooms Fishing Business centre Family rooms Internet services

Enjoy a holiday on a houseboat

Renting a houseboat in a place such as Kuttanad is worth your time and every penny you spend. Gift yourself and your loved ones a memorable experience on the tranquil backwaters of Kerala.

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