Alleppey Tourism, Kerala
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About Alleppey Tourism
The “Venice of the East” awaits you with its grand canals, palm-fringed nature trails & glistening backwaters
Alleppey or Alappuzha is a city located on the Laccadive Sea in Kerala. Alleppey is one of the oldest towns in India which is built according to a proper town plan. It is famous for its backwater canals, beaches, paddy fields and lagoons. Tourism in Alleppey is largely marked by its natural attractions which attract a lot of tourists every year. Its iconic houseboats cruises make Alleppey a popular vacation destination among tourists. During the months of August and September, Alleppey tourism sees a surge in crowd because of the traditional boat races that take place. There are so many other interesting things that make Alleppey a popular travel destination in India.
History of Alleppey
The history of Alleppey starts from the time when the place got introduced with Christianity by St. Thomas. Centuries later, the Portuguese and the Dutch forces established their dominance and strengthened the Christian religion. The beautiful town of Alleppey also played a vital role during the period of independence struggle against the British Raj. And, the community lost more than 1000 people in the struggle.
Backwaters of Alleppey
Also known as the ‘Venice of the East’, the backwaters of Alleppey are the most famous attractions, here. Visit this quaint town to have a rendezvous with natural beauty and cherish tranquility, like never before.
While sailing through the backwaters in Alleppey, here is your chance to enjoy a sojourn on a houseboat amidst the verdant environs replete with picturesque backdrops. What’s more? A sojourn on a houseboat will also offer you a chance to savour some delicious cuisines while strolling through mystical surroundings in a dreamy night. Besides that, one can also take a delight in rejuvenating ayurvedic massages and wake up to mesmerising sunrise sunrise views. The backwaters of Alleppey is a treasure trove for nature lovers.
Best Places to Visit in Alleppey
With many distinctions to its name, the town of Alleppey also encompasses numerous attractions that make a tour to this place even more memorable.
Commence your voyage with a visit to the Kuttanad backwaters, which is considered as the backwaters paradise of India. Enjoy cruising here, and head to seek some blessings at St. Mary’s Forane Church. A visit to museum and palace of Krishnapuram is also a must one for the magnificence of its architecture. While, a sojourn at Alleppey Beach is essential for some fun on the trip. Besides that, you may also visit to Marari Beach, Pathiramanal, Pandavan Rock, Vembanad Lake, and more.
Things to Do in Alleppey
From Alappuzha India points of interest to the famed Alappuzha beach park, Alleppey bares to you the soul of rural Kerala. Floating past the villages that are so full of life and enjoying watching how the locals use the canals and the backwaters as their roads and highways is a highly amusing experience. When here, a stay in an Alleppey houseboat is a must.
When talking about tourism in Alleppey, you can expect an amalgamation of the serene backwaters, calm lagoons, virgin beaches and well-preserved ancient caves. Although the highlight of your Alleppey itinerary would most likely be the stay on the houseboat, which promises to be an exquisite experience, make sure to enjoy all the other aspects of being here. Go ahead to explore the countryside fringed with palm-fringed nature trails, sun-kissed beaches, heritage sites, temples and so much more. You can also enjoy an hour or two of cruising in the backwaters if you are not interested in spending an entire night here.
What’s more? Apart from sailing across the intricate canals that divide the little villages, you could go fishing, canoeing, sightseeing or you could relax under the maneuvers of an experienced Ayurvedic masseuse. Make sure to experience at least one Ayurvedic massage, preferably towards the end of the journey so that you feel rested and relaxed when you reach home.
Famous Food in Alleppey
Remember that travel and tourism in Alleppey also offers you a chance to discover some of the most delectable and the freshest of seafood available in the state. Choose from an array of fishes and crustaceans to dine on, prepared in the way that you want. Freshness is guaranteed since they mostly catch and cook whatever the fishermen have caught that day.
People Of Alleppey
The people of Alleppey or Alappuzha are welcoming and friendly in their approach. They are warm-hearted and hospitable to the tourists. Their simplicity is also reflected in the culture of Alleppey. Local people dress in their traditional attire which include mundu or dhoti for men and regular salwar kameez for women. Hinduism in widely practiced by the locals of Alleppey. Therefore, you will also find several temples scattered around the city. Other religions followed in Alleppey are christianity and islam. Tourism in Alleppey is also influenced by churches, temples and other religious places built here.
After reading through this Alleppey trip guide, you might be swayed to extend your stay here. Make good use of the time spent here, and explore Alleppey to your heart’s content to take back home some of the best memories that Kerala can ever offer to you.
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Places To Visit In Alleppey
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Marari Beach In Alleppey
Popularly known as Mararikulam beach, Marari beach in Alleppey is nestled in the Alappuzha District of Kerala. It is located at a distance of 11 kilometers from the main city of Alleppey. This now well-renowned tourist destination was a local and unidentified fishing spot a few decades back. This beach spot is now an excel...
- Water Activities
- Sun and Sand
Krishnapuram Palace In Alleppey
A rare specimen of the Kerala style of architecture, Krishnapuram Palace in Alleppey is a palace-cum-museum located in Kayamkulam Alappuzha district. The structure is complete with gabled roofs, narrow corridors, and dormer windows. Built in the 18th century by the erstwhile Travancore king Marthanda Varma Maharaja, the pal...
- Archaeology Museum
- Historical Sites
- Ideal for families
Karumadi Kuttan In Alleppey
Karumadi Kuttan in Alleppey is a well-known Buddhist pilgrim center. The 11th-century statue of Lord Buddha has fascinating legends associated with it. The site is now protected by the State Archaeological Department. Karumadi Kuttan is accredited as someone who possessed healing powers, so the locals regard him with affec...
- Religious Tour
- Family Trip
- Buddhist temple
- Ancient temples
- Ideal for families
Mannarasala Temple In Alleppey
The Mannarasala Temple in Alleppey is one of its kind and is known to have approximately 30,000 Naga images. This temple is one of those marvels which you have to see from your own eyes to take in the beauty of it all. Even though the Mannarasala snake temple is slightly away from the main city, its fame brings many devote...
- Family Trip
- Religious Tour
Things To Do In Alleppey
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Houseboat in Alleppey
Enjoying a houseboat tour in Alleppey is one of the best things to do in Alleppey, and if you find yourself falling in love with the place, well what else do you expect? Choose the best houseboat in Alleppey, if you want to feel truly at one with the lush wilderness all around you and the serene backwaters that take you t...
Kayaking in Alleppey is a must when you visit this backwaters heaven, where a number of small canals are located. Kayaking and canoeing in the backwaters of Alleppey offer a great experience to explore the beauty of the state. It is actually a very exciting thing to do in the Alleppey backwaters, ensconced right in the lap ...
Temple Festival In Alleppey
Temple Festival in Alleppey is an annual festival which is held throughout the year in Alleppey. Of all the festivals, the one held in Mallukkal Temple is the most popular one. It starts from around the second week of November and lasts for 41 days, which is till the end of December.
During the last two days of this festi...
- Houses of Festival
- Ideal for friends
- Ideal for families
- Cultural Performances
- Ideal for couples
Ayurveda Therapy In Alleppey
Ayurvedic therapies are the most effective way to cure the chronic disorders, which most of the people are facing these days. The main reason for these kinds of chronic disorders is the sedentary lifestyle that most of the urban people are leading nowadays. This leads to several problems like heart diseases, back pain, and ...
- Ayurvedic Spa
- Ideal for couples
- Ayurvedic Massage
- Spa Resort
- Leisure Activities
- Monsoon Special
How To Reach Alleppey
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There is no airport in Alleppey, and the nearest one is the Cochin International Airport, which is 75 km away from Alleppey. The airport is well connected to major cities across India as well as the world, offering flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Dubai, Singapore, Bangkok and many more destinations. From right outside the airport, you can hire taxis or get on a bus to reach the backwaters.
If you are planning to reach Alleppey by train, then the Alleppey Railway Station is your best option. The railway station is located in the heart of the city and offers connections to various cities across the country such as Trivandrum, Chennai, Bangalore, New Delhi, and Cochin. Buses, taxis, and auto rickshaws are readily available outside the railway station to take you to the backwaters.
Make sure to use the prepaid booth for taxis if you want to enjoy a hassle free journey. Some hotels also offer pickup and drop services, so talk to your tour operator or hotel management first and then plan accordingly.<readmore> The major trains that connect the city to various places across the country include Sabari Express, Nizamuddin Express, Tirunelveli HAPA Express, and Kerala Sampark Kranti Express.
The roads to Alleppey, especially from Kochi and Kumarakom, are well maintained and well connected to other cities of the state. If you have hired a taxi or are planning to drive to Alleppey by yourself, it is a good idea. The road is mostly well-built and offers scenic views. You can stop on the way to Alleppey for snacks and meals, and for some much-needed break from driving.
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Prabhash's 5 days trip to AlleppeyGot the services as expected. Very much happy with the can services and the house boat
Devdatt's 5 days trip to AlleppeyHotel sara - hot water not available inside bathroom. Hotel tiger roare - Room was good but beside hotel kitchen, lots of noise. Houseboat - Not as per the pics sent at time of quote. Houseboat experience was good.
Abhishek's 5 days trip to AlleppeyOverall experience was good. The driver assigned for us was really good who guided us through out the tour. The hotels were good and houseboat was the best. One of the best relaxation trips. I would love to thank Kerala Advisor and especially Mr. Deepak, Mr.Gopal and Mr.Anil(cab) for their coordination before and during the trip.
Mathewkiranb's 4 days trip to AlleppeyResort food was very costly and not worthless and tasteless, my room was getting some irritating smell, my room had no AC, and Fan was very old... Finally I am not comfortable for that room..... But Car driver was very friendly to treat me..... He was very awesome man....... This trip was we are very enjoyed and boat house was very good... Dinner light and cake cutting and flowers decoration these are very good arrangements....
Jhumur's 6 days trip to AlleppeySuper , cab driver Mr Ashraf and Agent Adesh is best.. Awesome memories good facilities
Paridamonalisa's 7 days trip to AlleppeyAwesome experience. Loved it. The turning point of my life. Can never forget it.
Mihirmbdm's 4 days trip to AlleppeyIt was best trip I ever had. Travel agent aniket driver and other team was helpful and ever ready for support.. I would recommend to other also to choose travel triangle... Every moment is a memory to us...
Samnal's 6 days trip to AlleppeyI have a mixed response for my trip. This is my second trip with travel triangle. Earlier had a trip to Bhutan and i had an amazing experience. But this trip experience was amazing in parts. My bookings have been done in good hotels. But i could have avoided few places. Budget was little on the higher side but i feel it was worth for the location and quality of hotels given.
Rolishalabhmohan's 8 days trip to AlleppeyExcellent experience with Travel triangle. Thanks a lot for going out of the way to make our trip memorable and Beautiful On the beach at Kovlam...
Vishi's 4 days trip to AlleppeyHotels were good, but far away from the main city so took a lot of time in travelling Management and attitude of travel agent was not up to mark Allepy boat house experience was the best in the overall trip
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FAQ's of Alleppey
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It is always a good idea to get a massage or a spa treatment from places approved by the Kerala Tourism Department. Having said that, a couple of places where travellers can experience this Kerala speciality are Keraleeyam Ayurvedic Resort and the Sree Krishna Ayurvedic Center in Alleppey.
For vegetarians, the best place is Hot Kitchen on Mullackal road and Sree Durga Bhavan Udipi Hotel on Cullan Road. For tourists looking for multi-cuisine options, Vembanad Restaurant on AS Main Road and Kream Korner on Mullackal Road are the best places to enjoy tandoori, Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisines. Royal Park Hotel on YMCA road and Chakara Restaurant on Beach road are bar-cum-restaurants having a good stock of drinks.
Shopping in Alleppey is confined to a few small shops scattered around the backwaters. Tourists are specially recommended to buy the coir products like ropes and yarn that are sold by the local vendors. There are no shops per say, but tourists can enjoy shopping for carpets, pepper, coconut oil, areca nut, cardamom, and sugar. The prices of all the items are very reasonable.
Cochin International Airport is the nearest to Alleppey, around 73 kms away.
It is pretty easy to travel within Alleppey, thanks to the regularly available local buses, autos as well as taxis. Boats and ferrys are also available for places that cannot be reached by roads. You can also walk over to some of the attractions.
Several types of houseboats available in Alleppey are : Standard houseboats Deluxe houseboats Superior deluxe houseboats Premium houseboats Luxury houseboats
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