Traditional type Houseboat
Backwater areas
Backwater areas in Kerala.
Houseboat in lake side.
Backwater village scene.
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Backwater village scene.
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Houseboat provided at Kumarakom
Tourists in our Houseboat
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Bed room in the Houseboat - Single Bed Room Houseboat.
Living cum dining area - Single Bed room
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Eco Trails Houseboat Kerala

Houseboat cruise in the Kerala Backwaters!

Excellent! 5/5 (3 reviews)


  • Your money is safe, we pay your host 2 days after check-in.
  • 100% refund in the unlikely event the host cancels.
  • Changing booking details is always free.
  • Access to urgent phone line during your booking.
  • Book Co2 positive, we compensate 3 times more than we emit.

Houseboat highlights

  1. Traditional style
  2. Eco friendly
  3. Serene places
  1. Backwater areas
  2. Local cuisine
  3. Nature sarroundings

Houseboat summary

The Kerala backwaters is the rather unappealing name given to the peaceful and picturesque palm-lined network of lagoons, lakes, rivers, and canals that run inland from the coast of Kerala. The main entry point, situated between Kochi and Kollam, is Alleppey (Alappuzha). At the heart of the backwaters is vast Vembanad Lake. 

Traditionally, the backwaters are used by locals for transport, fishing, and agriculture. Annual snake boat races, held along the backwaters, also provide a great source of entertainment for the locals and tourists alike. The lush green landscape, diverse wildlife, and houses and villages that line the backwaters make a journey along these waterways seem like a journey through another world. No wonder the backwaters is one of the must-visit tourist places in Kerala. 

Houseboat description

Hiring a traditional thatched Kerala houseboat and exploring the backwaters is one of the top things to do in Kerala. The majority of houseboats are hired from Alleppey & Kumarakom, the prominent  tourist places in the backwaters in between Kochi and Kollam. Houseboats will usually slowly travel a distance of around 40-50 kilometers (25-30 miles) through the backwaters each day, so you'll get to see lots of different scenery. Houseboats range from basic to luxurious, with one bedroom, 2 bedrooms or 3 bedrooms etc. 

We have different types of houseboats, based on the passenger capacity. Our 1-bedroom houseboat has one air-conditioned bedroom (with attached toilet) and with double beds meant for 2 people. Also there is living cum dining area (open to 3 sides), kitchen etc.

Likewise there are 2-bedroom houseboat (for 4 people), 3-bedroom houseboat (for 6 people). And other features (living cum dining area, toilets, kitchen etc.) are same with all type of houseboats.

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Property type

Driving houseboat

Payment policy

25-75% or 50-50% or 100% (read more)

Cancellation policy

Security deposit

Not required

Check in/out time

Check in between 11:00 and 11:30.

Check out before 09:30.


2 Bedrooms, 4 Sleeps

  • Queen size beds: 2
  • Twin beds (2 linked single beds): 2

The 1-bedroom Houseboat has a bed room (Air conditioned) with 2 beds & attached modern toilet. Also there is living cum dining area in the front portion which is open to 3 sides. 

The 2-bedroom Houseboat has 2 separate bed rooms (Air conditioned) with 2 beds each. The bedrooms are attached with modern toilets. This also has a spacious living cum dining area open to 3 sides. And there is a modern kitchen & staff area in the back portion of the boat.

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Holiday type

Rural / countryside
Lake / riverside

Fully equipped kitchen

Canals & Agriculture fields.


Linen provided
Towels provided

Dining table & chairs
Internet access



WiFi / internet
Music system / CD player


Indoor facilities

Mooring sloop / boat possible

Outdoor facilities

Air conditioning

Heating / cooling

Room fans
Electric fans

Panoramic views


Car is recommended

Lake view

General information

Free parking
No pets allowed
Smoking not allowed

Child friendly

Activities nearby

Transportation to and from airport


Chauffers service




100 km


1 km


20 km

Ferry port

1 km


1 km

Super market

2 km

Train station

15 km

How to get there

98 KMs from Cochin International Airport. 17 KMs from Kottayam Railway station.

About the area

Kumarakom is a popular tourism destination located near the city of Kottayam n Kerala, India, famous for its backwater tourism. It is set in the backdrop of the Vembanad Lake, the largest lake in the state of Kerala.  It’s laced with canals, where houseboats ply the waters. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is home to many species including cuckoos and Siberian storks.

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Houseboat owner


I am a Travel Service provider in Kerala in India. I have 17 years experience in this field.

Response time
Normally within one hour
Language spoken

3 Reviews - Eco Trails Houseboat Kerala

Excellent! 5/5

  1. Cosmish - Canada

    04 Mar

    Beautiful scenery, attentive staff and good value

    Our group was booked relatively last minute, and composed of 7 people. From the moment the owner's driver picked us up on the first day, we had great service and provided with a great experience. The houseboat was beautiful and the backwaters route taken was also breathtaking. The food is also a great treat, giving you a chance to eat delicious Kerala foods and famous seafood. We had chai, fried bananas and a wonderful breakfast. We never went hungry!! The beds were comfortable and the rooms were clean.

    Recommended that you bring snacks and lots of books and cards, board games etc for passing the time and at night when the boat anchors. Also, alcohol isn't available on the boat, so if you want it, you much purchase it in advance.

    Overall, the owner Kence and his driver are excellent support and provide a great weekend experience!

  2. Ani W - Switzerland

    20 Feb

    Overnight Houseboat Trip in the Backwaters of Kerala

    I have never been on such a boat in such an beautiful environment! It was for both of us an amazing experience - the boat spacious, the scenery just so beautiful. The cooked prepared very delicious meals!! I can only highly recommend this experience to every one whom is interested. The evening we did meet some dogs, they seemed happy that we shared our food with them.

  3. Emily S - England

    15 Nov

    Beautiful experience that we won’t forget

    We loved our stay on the houseboat. Kence welcomed us and gave us a nice introduction. We were then left in the very capable hands of an excellent chef and driver. The boat was very comfortable and spacious for the two of us. It’s a very tranquil experience with plenty of birds and wildlife to see. Thank you for a great stay!

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