Your search for the Best Shikara ride in Alleppey ends here. Alleppey, also known as Venice of the East is blessed by nature’s bounty. It is one of the best tourist destinations owing to the Shikara and houseboat experience. From beaches to backwaters, temples and churches, paddyfields to fish hatcheries, it is a place that will astonish you with the simplicity it thrives on. The calming backwaters with breathtaking greenery by the banks make you wonder why you didn’t visit this place sooner.
Ever seen an entire Lake turn in a golden scatter at sunset?
If you haven’t, you are in for a treat. With picturesque landscapes and soothing wind, the backwaters are a sight for sore eyes. This is the best place to unwind as the water guides you into the laps of Mother Nature.
Watch children waiting for a ferry in their uniforms, women shuttling down the canals and fishermen spreading their fish nets in the evenings. Sway along with the tranquil backwaters and relax as you watch life outside your boat makes itself visible to you.
Shikara in Alleppey are the best way to get around the serene backwaters of Alleppey. Shikaras have a roof on the top and is open on all four sides with seating to let you relax and get a good view of the scenery outside.
Best Shikara rides in Alleppey – Packages
We offer the best shikara rides in Alleppey that are filled with memories you can cherish for a lifetime. Wh ahve created different shikara ride packages.
Sunrise Shikara cruise ride in Alleppey
The sunrise Shikara ride begins at around 6:00 am from Rajive jetty in Alleppey. This is one of the best times to be out on a shikara. The backwater comes alive in all its glory as the sun peeps out into the sky. Enjoy the morning light illuminating the lush flora around Vembanad Lake.
The perfect time to catch a breath and relax from your busy lives, when the air is crisp and the wind is brushing against your face. Watch the buzzling of life along the banks and enjoy as the town awakens itself ready to engage in their everyday life.
Sunset Shikara cruise ride in Alleppey
Another great time to go on a cruise. The boat ride starts at around 3:00 pm from the Alleppey boat dock and moves through the Vembanad Lake. Get ready to be painted a golden hue with sun just setting on the horizon. Sunset in the backwaters of Alleppey is one of the best and most beautiful sunsets in all off Kerala.
During the golden hour watch as the sun slowly rests on the water ever so easily and scatters a glowing yellow as far as the eye can see. Observe fishermen move around with their nets, preparing them for their night time fishing.
Alleppey to Kumarakom Shikara cruise
This cruise requires a minimum duration of 6 hours. Alleppey by itself is rich in greenery and fauna, imagine combining it with another Lakeside village, Kumarakom. Kumarakom is a beautiful and iconic tourist location rich in lush greenery & backwaters.
Alleppey and Kumarakom make the best pair when it comes to Shikara cruising. Enjoy the best of both worlds as you cruise through the ever so enticing Vembanad Lake.
Lunch Shikara Cruise in Alleppey.
If you have limited time, but would love to explore the backwaters of Alleppey and at the same time relish Kerala Cuisine, then this is the cruise for you. This cruise starts at 12 and takes you on a special ride through the breath taking canals of Vembanad Lake. At around 1:30, you will be taken to a Lake side restaurant where you can eat dishes made from fresh fish caught from the Lake to your heart’s content.
Try out the different recipes that are authentic to Kerala and Kuttanad. You can opt for a sumptuous vegetarian meal too. After this you will be dropped back on the Shikara to the starting point.
Food Menu for Lunch
Kerala cuisine is one that brims with flavour. These recipes are passed on from one generation to the next and carries with it the stories of this land. A fusion of spices and condiments, these dishes will leave your mouth watering for more.
Boiled rice served with Sambhar, Curd, Kalan, Avial or vegetable thoran, Mezhukkupuratty (long beans stir fried), Pickle, Pappadam, Salad, local fish fry ( pearl spot fish or seer fish) and Alleppey fish curry. For dessert you will be served with semiya payasam (optional, on demand).
Boiled rice served with sambhar, curd, Kalan, Avial or Vegetable Thoran, Mezhukkupuratty (long beans stir fried), Pickle, Pappadam and Salad. If you are up for it you can ask for a full-fledged ‘Sadya’, which is the traditional Kerala feast served on a plantain leaf.