The natural beauty of Alleppey has made it one of the top notch tourist destinations in Kerala. This city envelopes the couples in a romantic aura offering luxurious houseboats which takes them through the backwaters. Nature lovers will definitely enjoy the pristine scenery and white sanded beaches. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a treat for the wildlife enthusiasts as they can have some amazing time here watching different species of birds and animals. Besides the beauty that this place holds, history buffs also come here to explore places like Krishnapuram Palace, Pandavan Rock and many more. The list of attractions in this city does not end here. With something or the other for everyone, one will never get bored of Alleppey.
Places To SeeKrishnapuram Palace
The palace is named after the adjacent Temple of Krishnapuram. It was built by the erstwhile King of Travancore, Anizham Thirunal Martanda Varma, after bringing the original palace to the ground in the 18th century. The palace was in fact built to showcase the traditional and native style of architecture. Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple
The ancient temple is believed to have been constructed by the ruler of the land, Chembakasserry Pooradam Thirunal-Devanarayanan Thampuran around 790 AD. The presiding deity of the temple - Parthasarthi is depicted in his traditional warrior form with a whip in one hand and a conch in the other. This is one of the rare temples in India where the presiding deity is seen wielding a whip. Tip
: The temple hosts the Amabalapuzha Temple Festival every year in commemoration of the installation of the deity. One must plan his trip during this festival. Champakulam Church
The church is considered to be the mother church of most of the churches of the Catholic Syrian descent in Kerala. Built in 427 AD it has witnessed several structural changes over the years. Many ancient rock inscriptions found around the church give an insight into its rich history. One of such relics from the past is the Rock Cross, which dates back to about 1151 AD. Tip
: If you are visiting in March, you can witness a festival that is held in the name of its patron, St. Joseph. The festival is held on the 19th of March every year. Another annual fest is held on the third Sunday of October. Chavaran Bhawan
The bhawan is the ancestral home of one of the leading luminaries of the Christian faith, the Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara. He was the pioneer of the first congregation for men in the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. The bhawan is almost three centuries old and has served as a refuge for Christians to gather, pray and find peace and spirituality. Edathua Church
Also known as St. George Catholic Church or Eduthua Palli, the church is an important pilgrimage center for Christians. It is situated on the banks of one of the tributaries of Pamba River. It is well respected as a place of worship and is also known for its stunning architecture. Almost two centuries old, the Edathua Church resembles the churches of medieval Europe. Karumadi Kuttan
Literally translated, Karumadi Kuttan means 'the boy from Karumadi'. It is an endearing name given to one of the oldest installations of Buddha known in the region. Houseboats
Enjoy a mesmerizing backwaters experience by staying in a houseboat. You can relish a cruise and stay at the boats overnight. These houseboats are also known as ‘kettuvallam’, and earlier, they served as the only means of transport from these isolated villages to the cities nearby. Today, these houseboats contribute a major part to the revenue from the Kerala tourism. Tip
: You can enjoy a tour in these houseboats at Alleppey, Kollam, Kumarakom and Poovar.
Things To DoKayamkulam Lake
The lake takes its name from the town of Kayamkulam through which it flows. This lake is known as an ancient maritime trade center since antiquity. It forms a well-regulated and well-maintained channel for transport and trade. Kayamkulam Lake connects Kollam and Alleppey and is Kerala's longest backwater tourism route. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Also known as the Vembanad Bird Sanctuary, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is located on the eastern shore of Vembanad Lake. The backwaters serve as a mesmerizing backdrop. The lake is home to hundreds of migratory birds and is an absolute treat to birdwatchers and ornithologists. The major bird species of the sanctuary include cuckoo, waterfowl, heron, cormorant, owl, teal, lark, egret, moorhen, Siberian crane, darter, Brahminy kite, parrot, and flycatcher. Tip
: You can plan a trek during sunrise or sunset when you can watch flocks of birds flying across the scenic setting of the tranquil skies. Boats (both houseboats and motorboats) can be hired to enjoy guided trek through the sanctuary. Alleppey beach
The beach is very different from the beaches you will find in other coastal cities. Situated in the heart of the city, it is just one kilometer from the railway station. This neat stretch of sand is fringed on one side by the vast expanse of the Arabian Sea and on the other by tall palm trees. There are two other attractions adjacent to the beach. You can take a boat ride from the sea view park to marvel at the sea or walk into the light house with a nominal entry fee.