Types of Backwater Cruise

There are 3 basic types of Backwater Cruise options available at Alleppey. House Boat, Shikara, and Motor Boat. Guests can pick the best-suited one based on their Interest, Budget, and Time. For example, House Boat Cruise will be the best option for a Honeymoon Couple. A Motor Boat or Shikara Cruise will suit Nature Enthusiasts who want to watch close and experience the rustic life of Villagers. People who travel in large groups can choose a Day Cruise on a House Boat.

House Boat

House Boat sometimes called Boat House in Kerala, are huge, slow-moving barges used for leisure trips. House Boats are a reworked model of Kettuvallams, which were used to carry rice and spices from Kuttanad to the Kochi port. The popularity of Kettuvallam has returned in the form of Backwater Cruise and is attracting tourists from all around the Globe, to Alleppey.

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Shikara is a mixed version of Alleppey Houseboat and Kashmiri Boathouse. Shikara Boat is small in size with roof and wall carved with bamboo sheets and is the beautiful epitome of handicraft work in elegant Kerala style. The best feature of a Shikara boat is that it can travel to very small canals where Houseboat cannot reach. Backwater Cruise on Shikara will be best suited for Nature Enthusiasts.

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Motor Boat

Motor Boat is quite similar to Shikara but more spacious and faster in terms of Speed. Like Shikara, Motor Boat also can travel into small canals. Unlike most of the motor boats in Alleppey, Jalasree has a Balcony portion where our Guests can sit and enjoy the view of Allepepy Backwaters. Backwater Cruise on Motor Boat will be best suited for people who travel in groups.

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Pick the cruise of your choice

We design Backwater Cruise based on your ‘Interest’, ‘Time’ and ‘Budget’. Call and let us know your requirements.