The backwaters of Kerala are a network of inter connected canals, rivers and lakes with a number villages. One of the highlights for travellers in India is to rent a house boat in Kerala and drift along the backwaters for a day or two and watching the world go by around you. Naturally this was high up on our Wish List of things to do in India. It is however quite pricey, around 6,000-8,000 Indian rupees (around #60-80 / $95-125) a night. But, it’s a splurge that is well worth the experience. Where to Find the House Boats There are several places in Kerala you can use as a base to start your house boat cruise, but Alleppey is the most well known and popular. It has a large number of boats (around 1,000), which far outstrips demand for them.