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Southern Backwaters

#3 of 5 Tours in Kollam
Certificate of Excellence
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Address: | Opposite K.S.R.T.C Bus Station, Kollam 691001, India
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+91 94959 76037
07:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 21:00

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Serene and peaceful

We chose this company because they offered a cruse from Kollam through the backwaters to Alleppey. This suited our travel plans, so we booked it! For 2 days and nights we were... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Pershore, United Kingdom
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Pershore, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We chose this company because they offered a cruse from Kollam through the backwaters to Alleppey. This suited our travel plans, so we booked it! For 2 days and nights we were completely looked after by a charming and gracious crew - Captain, Engineer and Chef. The guys had a good relationship with each other, all 3 getting involved with... More 

Thank jeannine20657
Mumbai (Bombay), India
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

We are here second time, This time we have done a Houseboat cruise including canoe trip, Which is fantastic experience and recommendable

Thank jensfuncke
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

We spent overnight Kollam-rounding houseboat and did a short trip to Monroe island. All facilities in the houseboat and the accessories are very nice, all trustworthy and friendly people. food is excellent and served in timely manner. nice visit and the surroundings are described by accompanied persons. Also did a short walk in the locality of the lakes. Thank you... More 

Thank Debajyoti D
Waterbeach, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

These guys were so pushy! I wanted to walk off but my mum really wanted to do this so we went. You don't really do the back waters, we basically ended up doing a figure of 8 around a lake. They stopped for an extended lunch break for the boat staff, despite not leaving until gone 2. It then stopped... More 

Thank JaneHow1
Kollam, India
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16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

One who wishes to complete his Kollam tour must finish it with a sail in the Ashtamudi lake in a house boat, without which your travel in Kollam is meaningless. The first place to go for a houseboat is the Southern Backwaters and you will definitely get one. Their service is fine and you will get every assistance and services... More 

1 Thank Raju G
Adelaide, Australia
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9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

Travelling solo, I decided to finish my Indian journey with a 2 night houseboat tour. After much ado and searching, I settled on Southern Backwaters. I chose a deluxe houseboat, (one floor), and met the crew at Kollam. All staff were friendly, gracious and kind. We travelled Ashtamudi Lake and Vembanad Lake over the 2 days and spent nights anchored... More 

2 Thank Judith A
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

Sailed from Kollam to kottayam, total 2 days. Rooms were very small. We have opted of non vegetarian meals, but fish cuisines were very limited. Which certainly not upto ur expectations. Though the overall Backwater experience was good but certainly not value for money with Southern Backwaters co

Thank Vaibhav V
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

We've spent 2 wonderful days with Ari, Ramanan and Salu. Southernbackwaters doesn't compete with some of the industry giants on sheer boats size or accomodations luxury, it proposes off the beaten track cruises. We've cruised between Thanneermukkom (Cochin) and Kollam, moving from lush fresh water lake and channels to salty backwaters, and we haven't regretted our decision a second. These... More 

2 Thank Manuel Q
Kochi (Cochin), India
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Many option for backwater boat cruises from Kollam, Houseboats, motor boats, shikkara boats, canoe boats

1 Thank Grandkerala
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

We were in Kollam during a national holiday and having not booked in advance, we were unable to have the houseboat in the day time. However, the incredibly helpful staff made a special arrangement for us to be taken by rickshaw to the backwaters for the canoe trip and then for us to stay on the houseboat over night. Both... More 

Thank Ellie R

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