You can opt for the route as per your itinerary and budget. The route comprises of narrow & wide canals and also intersection of multiple canals. We had opted for Alleppey-to-Alleppey overnight stay, though, my individual preference and suggestion is to opt for Alleppey to Kumarakom or vice versa!
Basis trip type there are houseboats with decks only (used for day trips) and with rooms (overnight stay). The latter is further segregated basis construction type, number of rooms, AC facility (centralized, only rooms – full day, only room – at night only) and category with star rating (deluxe, premium, luxury).
In the overnight stay, the package includes lunch, evening tea with snacks, dinner and breakfast (both vegetarian and non vegetarian options are available). The food is freshly cooked in traditional Kuttanadu or Kerala style. The cuisine is a delight for seafood lovers and many houseboats let you catch some fresh fish for cooking ???? For those who are not experimental with cuisine, do not like coconut based cooking or would like their own menu, please do inform the houseboat provider much before time so that the staff / cook are prepared accordingly.
At the cost of being repetitive, please insist on a detailed itinerary/route and ask for other viable options; check the menu and suggest changes if you want; check their look & feel through their website, reviews, photos and also be prepared to shell out more in some instances.
Now lets go on a small virtual experience of the backwaters!