The majority of houseboats are hired from Alappuzha, the gateway to the backwaters in between Kochi and Kollam. Most houseboat operators, and around 500 houseboats, are based in Alappuzha. From Alappuzha, you'll be taken on an adventure through the various backwaters to places such as Kumarakom, Kottayam, and Alinkadavu. There's a wide range of destinations to choose from to suit all travel plans.
Day Backwater Cruises
The National Waterway No-3 from Kollam to Kottapuram, covers a distance of 205 km and runs almost parallel to the coast line of southern Kerala facilitating backwater tourism in Kerala. Kollam(Quilon), Alappuzha(Alleppey), Kottayam and Kochi(Cochin) are the principal backwater towns. Hose boat cruises are conducted between Kollam to Thanneermukkom (Cochin) and Kollam to Kumarakom.
Overnight Backwater Cruises..
Backwater cruises is a good way to see southern Kerala. The backwaters in Kerala extend from Kollam to Cochin and Kumarakom. Backwater cruises can cover Ashtamudi Lake, Alumkadavu, Amrithapuri, Kayamkulam Lake, Thrikkunnappuzha, Thottappally, Pampa River, Kuttanad region, Chambakulam, Nedumudi, Vembanad Lake, Pathiramanal.
Pathiramanal, an eco friendly tourist centre is an island in the vembanad lake. A trip to Pathiramanal would be your chance to see several exotic and migratory birds that fly in from far. Kayippuram jetty is from where you can get a boat to Pathiramanal.
House boats are docked during the night and no sailing in the night is permitted in the backwaters of Kerala. This rule makes the day cruises in the backwaters even more popular.
Snake Boat Race
The snake boat races is an event held in the highest esteem in Alappuzha. Held in the Punnamada Lake near Alappuzha, Nehru Trophy snake boat race takes place every year on the second weekend of August and is a major tourist attraction of Alappuzha.