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Kochi Private Tour : Backwater Cruise in Aleppey

Kochi Private Tour : Backwater Cruise in Aleppey

By Cochin Backwater Day Tours
per adult (price varies by group size)
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Ages 1-99
Duration: 6h
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: English

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Fort Cochin, Wellingdon Island, Kundanoor, or MG Road by AC Car
  • Non-AC Houseboat cruise or Non AC Shikara Canoe Cruise (approx. 3 hrs)
  • Lunch (only for Houseboat Tours)
What's not included
  • Food & Beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Guides are Optional at Extra Cost of 60 USD for a group. Please contact Tour operator if required

    Pickup details
    • Pick up from your Hotel in Cochin City Limits or Cruise Terminal
    Port pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
    • Sagarika Cochin International Cruise Terminal, X789+HF4, Willingdon Island, Kochi, Kerala 682003, India
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7491P136

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Most travelers can participate
      • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

      How much is Kochi Private Tour : Backwater Cruise in Aleppey?
      Kochi Private Tour : Backwater Cruise in Aleppey price starts from $65.00. Discover and book Kochi Private Tour : Backwater Cruise in Aleppey on Tripadvisor
      What is the Kochi Private Tour : Backwater Cruise in Aleppey cancellation policy?
      Kochi Private Tour : Backwater Cruise in Aleppey cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Kochi Private Tour : Backwater Cruise in Aleppey on Tripadvisor
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      Kochi Private Tour : Backwater Cruise in Aleppey is hosted by Cochin Backwater Day Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Cochin Backwater Day Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Kochi Private Tour : Backwater Cruise in Aleppey on Tripadvisor

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7491P136

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      Priyank Jammar
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      We booked 9:40am timeslot for 3/31 and were told by TripAdvisor team that Shikara will start at 9:40am and cab driver will pick us from hotel couple of hours before that. We planned for the day accordingly. We later realized that cab driver came at 9:40am to pick us from hotel, which subsequently delayed the entire plan by 2 hours, and impacted our evening plans. The charges are bit expensive compared to directly renting the Shikara Canoe on spot. Booking helps during peak season i.e., Nov-Feb but for remaining months it’s better to directly rent after going there which will be much cheaper. Vegetarian food was provided at nominal charges and we loved that. The Shikara driver Manu was quite interactive and helpful. The cab driver took us from interior roads from hotel to Aleppey, although I would have appreciated covering some scenic path to Aleppey. We paid additional Rs. 200 to driver to drop us at Marine Drive instead of Hotel, which was just 3 kms diversion. Anyways, we were with the family in new place and just went with the flow without any arguments to avoid spoiling the trip.
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