Kerala Houseboat – My Experience!

In our Kerala tour packages, a houseboat cruise in Kerala is a uniquely different experience that must not be missed. Read on to see why I refer to this experience as ‘different’. This article provides my experience on Kerala Houseboat

For the purpose of this review, I decided to go on a houseboat cruise, not as a kerala tour operator but as a regular tourist. For our wedding anniversary this July, I booked a houseboat (under a different name, of course) and didn’t inform the crew about it. I’ve done this experiment in the past with hotels too, in order to experience things firsthand.

We got in to the houseboat at 12 Noon from one of the jetties in Alleppey. As soon as embarked, my first impression was that the boat crew was warm and cheerful as they welcomed us with light refreshments. The booking agent introduced us to the crew and left us with a warm smile. As the boat slowly departed, we were shown around to our rooms. We left our luggage in the room and came back out into the open to do a little sightseeing through Kerala Houseboat.

Houseboat Journey Through Kerala Backwaters The boat cruised along narrow canals where we saw the full glory of village life. People traveled in canoes to reach the main land as many houses there do not have an approach road. Even children were using canoes the way we use cycles and bikes to move around. It was amazing! We passed by other boats and it was a delight to see the guests there having a ‘Wow’ expression on their faces.

Villager on Country boatThe Kerala Houseboat gradually moved towards the lake and this was a completely different experience. We felt lost in the wide expanse, while also feeling like royalty. Just before we drifted on to the lake, the guide stopped at a small toddy shop where we could buy local snacks like tapioca, fish curry, Karimeen fry and obviously, toddy!

Karimeen fry The Kerala Houseboat stopped for lunch by 1 PM right in the middle of the lake, making us feel all the more awesome. After it was anchored, the boat started slowly rotating on its own. We loved the feeling it gave us, and we had a really good time. For lunch we were served fish fry, chappathis, rice and a few more dishes. They prepared the food differently, and it tasted superb. After we had our lunch, and the crew had theirs, the cruise resumed.

By 5:30 PM, the Kerala Houseboat was docked near its owner’s house. The boats usually have their own regular parking slots. The boat’s TV was connected to the cable in the owner’s house and we were able to watch television for some time. We spent more time roaming around, though. By 8 PM, dinner was served, and we hit the bed by 10 PM. Let me tell you, sleeping on a floating boat is very different!

We got up in the morning to sounds from the village, songs from a temple nearby, the gentle thumps of village folk washing their clothes and the squeals of children playing. It was an amazing experience! I wish I could get up like this every day! By 8 AM, we were done with our break fast and we started cruising back to check out from boat. We left the boat by 9 AM, and our remarkable trip came to an end.

There are a few things every one should have in mind while undertaking a houseboat cruise. The boat is travelling on water, so you cannot expect it to be as big or as comfortable as a hotel room. You will have to make sure the Kerala Houseboat door and windows are closed by 6 PM. If they aren’t, mosquitoes will enter in, and it will not be that easy to get rid of them.

Alappuzha Backwaters

The Kerala Houseboat will look very different from the photos you might find on the internet. Those photographs might have been taken the day the boat was built. Continuous exposure to sunlight 
will make a difference in how your boat actually looks. But your houseboat will be clean and tidy. If it is not, you can inform the crew and make sure it is tended to. Try to maintain good relations with the crew. If you would like to tip them, do it during the cruise rather than after it’s over.

Don’t set your expectations too high by perusing pictures on the internet. Your houseboat will not be like a hotel room, which requires cooperation from both the sides in order for you to have a great experience.

My honest suggestion is this: book houseboats to experience something different, not to have all the luxuries you can find in a hotel. It is a different kind of experience, but definitely, not one to be missed in our kerala tour packages.

If you are in the planning stage of a Kerala tour I would also suggest our blog on Kerala tour planning


  1. Abhay Singh on September 9, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Wow! its amazing…My next vacation plan is to stay in house boat in Kerala with my wife …thank you for this post for remembering again my vacation plan….

  2. Arun - Tina on September 15, 2014 at 10:03 am

    nice article ratheesh.
    hope to see other kerala destinations too.

  3. Maria Gomes on November 3, 2014 at 6:14 am

    I have been to Kerala a few times and the house boat ride was also one of my favorite activities. The Backwaters of Kerala are really beautiful. Kerala is known for this scenic beauty, vibrant culture and delicious cuisine.

    • Sunu Philip on November 14, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      oh That awesome Maria!! Do share your unique experiences with us!

  4. Sonali on November 27, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Nice article and pictures…

  5. Divya on September 22, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Great write up, The post and the pictures are beautifully weaved.Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience in Kerala backwaters.

    • Sunu Philip on September 29, 2016 at 5:00 am

      Thanks Divya. Keep reading our other blog articles.

  6. Nithya on March 14, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Alleppey houseboats create a unique relaxing experience in your Kerala tour packages. The main aim of Alleppey Houseboat tour is to create great memories, magic, tradition, romance, blessing of an intimate and enjoy the precious moment together. If you wish to enjoy a beautiful day in Kerala, Alleppey houseboats are the better option.

  7. Mathew Antony on September 25, 2018 at 6:38 am

    This is a great article and I would like to thank you to promoting Kerala houseboat tourism.

  8. Aditi on May 15, 2019 at 8:45 am

    Beautiful article.Keral is beautiful place. Thanks for sharing

    • Sunu Philip on June 27, 2019 at 5:52 pm

      Yes, Kerala is a very beautiful place.

  9. houseboats alleppey on November 12, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Very good blog about houseboats Alleppey. I am also proud of it.

  10. Elan P on November 28, 2019 at 7:03 am

    Nice thought and a simple and beautiful article.

  11. melbincresto on December 2, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Hi Thanks for sharing the information about back waters of kuttanad in kerala also I Have also visit Houseboat Alleppey in kerala it’s one of the beautiful experience in my life

  12. Rosie Morton on December 3, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    I loved your article, I am starting my travel blog

  13. siri chandana on December 5, 2019 at 11:29 am

    I have been to Kerala a few times and the house boat ride was also one of my favorite activities. Nice thought and a simple and beautiful article.

  14. Abhishek on December 19, 2019 at 10:00 am

    very interesting. Your experience may beneficial for me and others while touring of Kerala. I haven’t experience a boat ride ever that should be thrilling for for me.

  15. ARUP MUKHERJEE on January 4, 2020 at 8:58 am

    Lovely experience to go through your post Sir .
    Please mention whom to contact and whats the cost for per head for this trip .

  16. Amelia Earhart on March 27, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    I would like to thank you for your good content.

  17. Vishal Kulria on April 22, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    Well written, beautiful blog. Looking forward to the next one

  18. Akash paul on April 25, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    Really very Amazing I have been to Kerala many time but never seen this place before. I would love to visit this place next time. Thanks for sharing.

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