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Cochin: Half-Day Backwater Village Eco Boat Cruise W/ Lunch

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Activity provider: Carnival Tours Kochi

Cochin: Half-Day Backwater Village Eco Boat Cruise W/ Lunch

Activity provider: Carnival Tours Kochi

From US$ 33 per person

Cruise the fabled Keralan backwaters on a non-mechanized, covered boat tour from Fort Cochin. See the villages along the lush canals. Enjoy a vegetarian lunch in the countryside.

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Duration 5 - 6 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup optional
Meet your driver at the reception of your accommodation.
Private or small groups available


  • Cruise the lush backwaters of Kerala on board a non-mechanized country boat
  • Enjoy a vegetarian lunch in the countryside of Cochin
  • Visit a village to see coconut palm weaving and coir making
Full description
Discover the famous backwater canals of Kerala on a half-day tour from Fort Cochin, and immerse yourself in a quiet way of life, far from the pressures of big city life. The tour starts with a pickup from a meeting point in Fort Cochin at 8:30 AM. Drive to a village just outside Cochin City to board a traditional covered country boat. The boats have a capacity for about 20 people, allowing for an intimate experience while enjoying the serenity of the landscape. Your guide will paddle you through the sumptuous vegetation, stopping at a village to see coconut palm weaving and coir making. Then, savor a vegetarian lunch and later, a transfer to Fort Cochin. Arrive back at the meeting point at around 3:00 PM.
  • Pickup and drop-off from a meeting point in Fort Cochin
  • Cruise by covered country boat
  • Vegetarian Lunch
  • Drinks
  • Pick-up or drop off outside of Fort Cochin
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

The tour begins at 8:30 AM at the local partner's office at Princess St, Fort Nagar, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001, India. Opposite Block Prints clothing store, near Shop N Save and Bench Café.

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  • Cancellations made less than 72 hours before the start of the tour are not subject to a refund. Cancellations made more than 72 hours before the tour will get a full refund. In the case of a no show or cancellation of a guaranteed reservation, operator reserves the right to levy retention charges for the tour amount paid
  •  In the unlikely event that the operator is unable to conduct the tour (due to strikes, natural calamities etc.) you will get a full refund
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 50 reviews

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My wife and I were in Kochi for only a few days and we are so glad that we were able to do this tour! A taxi picked us up from our hotel in Fort Kochi and brought us south to where the boat launched from. During the boat cruise we learned about the local economy, life in the villages, and how the boats work. We even got to try our hand at rowing the boat with a huge bamboo stick. The team also cut down two coconuts, chopped them open, and gave us straws to drink the fresh juice. The morning finished off with a very good and authentic meal in a village home and then the driver took us back to our hotel. Can't recommend this tour enough!

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September 27, 2022

Scenic, slow-paced, relaxing and informative

The tour was indeed 7 hours long! The tour on the waters is very slow, quiet and relaxing. There's not a whole lot to see except enjoy the water and surrounding birds/people/forestry. Lunch was simple, vegetarian but tasty. After lunch we hopped into a smaller boat and paddled down some smaller canals. Ended with a small, but interesting spice tour and a paddle home. Would only recommend if you're OK with having a slow-paced experience.

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January 12, 2018

Learning about the rural life in Kerala

Exploring the backwaters of Kerala provided another view into the daily lives of many people who actually live in these areas. This included the food they ate (they were vegetarian!), the type of homes and jobs they have and the flora/fauna that are available. I found the ride on the boat across the waters very restful and the activity provided me time to reflect about many things. The boatmen were also game to share their stories and at some point one realizes the shared humanity across different cultures and beliefs.

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November 21, 2017

Product ID: 39150