Popular for the backwater and houseboats , Alappuzha ( Alleppey ) is located at 50 KM from Cochin in north direction and Trivendrum is 150 km in south direction. If you are coming from Cochin side then take a left turn at Sea View Yard and drive by the side of the canal till Rajiv jetty ( also known as Finishing Point )
Travelling from Munnar ( 180 KM )
It will take nearly 5 hours to reach Rajiv Jetty ( of finishing point ) from Munnar. So start early around 7 AM from Munnar and at 12 noon you can board your houseboat at Alleppey.
Official checking time is 11.30 AM and checkout time is 9.30 AM ( next day )
However boarding time can be extended by one hour or more if required.
The main boarding point for Alleppey houseboat is known as Finishing point. This is also famous for the popular snake boat competition held every year on 2nd Saturday of August. There is a newly constructed pavilion for the tourist to witness this event. From here all the houseboats starts its journey.
The most popular is one day houseboat package which starts from 12 in noon and ends at next day 9 AM. Different types of Houseboats are available here for the tourist. They can be broadly divided in two categories one is deluxe AC and other one is Premium AC. In Premium category the front deck is also covered with Glass windows and AC is provided. In Deluxe category only bed rooms are provided with split AC. Bed rooms have attached toilet.
Houseboats are available in different sizes. They starts from single bedroom and maximum available is up to 10 bedrooms. If you are a single family then take a single bed room houseboat.
Each houseboat has its own Kitchen at the backside and open deck at the front. Food for the tourist are prepared in the houseboat kitchen only.
One day package starts at 12 noon when tourist board the houseboat. This package includes lunch, evening snacks , night dinner and next day breakfast. Checkout time from houseboat is at 9 AM.
On Day 1 your boat will start from Rajiv Jetty ( Finishing Point ) at around 12 noon. At 12.45 it will come out from backwater channel and reach open area known as … Lake. At the entrance of the lake you can see Sports Authority Hostel and complex. On the open area your boat will travel till 1.30 PM and after that it will be anchored to one side and lunch will be served. The front side of the houseboat is treated as living room and it also served as dining space. If your boat has two floors then you will have dining space at the 1st floor.
After lunch your boat will start again at 2.45 PM and stops between if you are interested in buying fish for your dinner.
Houseboat will continue its journey in different rivers and open lakes till 5.30 PM and after that it will be anchored to one side of the water channel. From here boat will start next day morning only. Here your boat man will make arrangement for connecting it to a power source to power up the AC unit and other accessories.
While on move on water power is available from inverter or from generator. Throughout your journey you can charge your phone , camera battery etc but AC power is available in night time when power source is tapped from a land point. In Premium Houseboats AC supply is available throughout.