The houseboat cruise along the backwaters of Alleppey is one of the most sought after activities in Kerala. There are likely 1750 houseboats in Alleppey with all modern amenities like Air conditioner, TV, bathroom with water heater facilities. Hire a houseboat and float through the palm fringed canals, lush paddy fields and toddy shops by the side, witness the local village life on the banks of the Vembanad Lake and taste some exquisite Kerala cuisine which is cooked exclusively for you. The local cuisine expert who will accompany you will catch fresh fish then and there and cook it in the local Kerala style.
Known as the "Ricebowl of Kerala", Kuttanad is a serene village with lush paddy fields and beautiful canals spread evenly. A walk through Kuttanad will for sure turn your eyes green. People here depend on agriculture and the local cuisine is simply delightful.
Motor Boat is another way of exploring the backwaters. This is much cheaper and is meant for those who have got limited time at Alleppey. These boats are used for local transport and at a time can house around 50 passengers. There are many other motor boats of varying capacities which are provided on request.
Shikara Boats are also available at Alleppey to cruise the backwaters. It is recommended for couples or a small group of maximum 4 to 5 people. The best time for a Shikara cruise is during early morning or during the sunset when it is likely to enjoy some awesome sights of the countryside, the shimmering lagoons and paddies.