This is a must experience if you happen to travel in Kerala. We took a day cruise option . You can even opt for full day cruise which includes night stay as well. Our houseboat was well equipped with bedrooms,washrooms,upperdeck,kitchen etc. We enjoyed a wholesome meal onboard which was prepared the cruise crew. The crew bought all the groceries before we started . They prepared the meals while we were lazing around. We witnessed beautiful views of paddy fields, other houseboats on the backwaters, the villages on the banks and how the local people lead their lives. Their lives are so different from ours. I saw many boats parked outside the houses of the villagers. I came across many boats with children as they were returning from school. The local women and the children were rowing their boats so effortlessly. Apart from the local life, you get to witness nature's best views . You might also be lucky to spot various birds flying over the lakes. Overall, this is a must experience which everyone must try atleast once in their lives. Few tips before you take a houseboat:- 1) Check out at least 3-4 boats before you agree to one. There is lots of variety present in Allepey 2) The rates are highly negotiable. So look out for the best deal 3) Choose a houseboat with an upper deck option. It is amazing to lounge around on the upper deck and watch the picturesque views. 4) If you dont have much time for a half day/full day cruise you can opt houseboats on hourly basis. The rates vary between 1000-1500/- per hour.