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Alleppey Tourism, Kerala

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Tourism in Alleppey

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Nov - Feb

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3-4 days

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  • Romantic
  • Backwaters
  • Ayurvedic

Alleppey Tour Guide

The “Venice of the East” awaits you with its grand canals, palm-fringed nature trails & glistening backwaters

One of the perks of indulging in Alleppey tourism is that you get to live the best of the experiences that Kerala has on offer. From the beautiful palm-shaded backwaters to the temples resplendent with devotees, from the relaxing Ayurvedic therapies to the thrilling boat races, from the raucous festivals to the small fishing villages, from the famous Alappuzha beach to the relaxing spas; Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha, is sure to mesmerize you to the core.

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.

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...

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  • 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...

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    • Archaeology Museum
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    • Friends
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  • 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
    • Food
    • Family Trip
    • Buddhist temple
    • Ancient temples
    • Ideal for families
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  • 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...

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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...

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  • Kayaking Canoeing

    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 ...

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  • 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. 

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  • 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 ...

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How To Reach Alleppey

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By Air

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. 

By Train

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.

By Road

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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    • Trip to Alleppey

      Travel triangle support was very good helped me to get my trip completed successfully as per my requirements and in budget. All hotels, house boat, cab service, everything with our trip was awesome. We really had a great time in Kerala. Elite palazzo Cochin - food and supporting staff & restroom, Summit hampton hotel thekkady - Peaceful delux spacious room, Misty Mountain Munnar - Mesmerising views Cozy room & fresh calm environment , Alleppey house boat stunning views with rain was out of the world. Misty Mountain Hotel in Munnar was superb. One should try that once if plan to go there.
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      Lovekesh Gaba

      Delhi, a day ago

    • Trip to Alleppey

      Travel triangle support was very good helped me to get my trip completed successfully as per my requirements and in budget. All hotels, house boat, cab service, everything with our trip was awesome. We really had a great time in Kerala. Elite palazzo Cochin - food and supporting staff & restroom, Summit hampton hotel thekkady - Peaceful delux spacious room, Misty Mountain Munnar - Mesmerising views Cozy room & fresh calm environment , Alleppey house boat stunning views with rain was out of the world. Misty Mountain Hotel in Munnar was superb. One should try that once if plan to go there.
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      Lovekesh Gaba

      Delhi, a day ago

    • Trip to Alleppey

      Travel triangle support was very good helped me to get my trip completed successfully as per my requirements and in budget. All hotels, house boat, cab service, everything with our trip was awesome. We really had a great time in Kerala. Elite palazzo Cochin - food and supporting staff & restroom, Summit hampton hotel thekkady - Peaceful delux spacious room, Misty Mountain Munnar - Mesmerising views Cozy room & fresh calm environment , Alleppey house boat stunning views with rain was out of the world. Misty Mountain Hotel in Munnar was superb. One should try that once if plan to go there.
      LG

      Lovekesh Gaba

      Delhi, a day ago

    • Trip to Alleppey

      It was amazing. Mr. Shobhit planned a good trip. Munnnar and thekkady hotels were amazing. But when it comes to alleppey boat house I can say it was okay.
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      Swarnamakkitaya

      Bengaluru, 3 days ago

    • Trip to Alleppey

      Superb experience.... Nice places.... Thanks to Be Touristo.... Alleppey.... Is the best place of our tour..
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      Hardik Poison

      Ahmedabad, 5 days ago

    • Trip to Alleppey

      It's a good experience with Unirise travels.. Driver Anoop was very much interested to show us all the attractions of Kerela and we are very thankful to him.. Only disappointment of our whole journey is about ECO boat in Alleppey.. Our trip would be more memorable if we have choosen some other boathouse.
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      Deepthi Vangapandu

      Hyderabad, 5 days ago

    • Trip to Alleppey

      Hotel was sometimes good sometimes below expectations. Hotel in Thekkedy was not up to the mark. In quote so many places were written. Please do not mention the places which can not be covered within mentioned time frame. Cab driver was very good. He took us to all thr possible places and guided us. Awesome place - Munnar and Alleppey. Unforgettable memories :)
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      Vivek Anand

      Hyderabad, 6 days ago

    • Trip to Alleppey

      Overall the experience of our trip to Kerala was neither very good nor bad, but the dealing with the Tour operator was very bad. Once the booking is done, they don't bother about you :( If you have no other alternative you will end up in very bad memories of your trip. Rooms: - Munnar - room provided was not clean and even food was also bad. - Thekkady - Room provided in Thekkady was good. Jeep safari in Thekkady was waste of money (3K). Did not seen even a single animal and Jeep driver points to a dot on far away hill and tells you are lucky to find a dot(which he said was an Elephant). Our daughter was very much dis-appointed as we promised her to show the animals. The tour organizers show the pictures which are very impressive, but the true fact was quite opposite. - Alleppey - Our driver asked us to contact the Tour operator(Nitin from, Sethi Travels Think Holiday Group) to get the contact details of house boat. Tour Organizer provided the same, and when we tried to contact the person, they mentioned that NO house boat was reserved on our name. Our total trip from Thekkady to Alleppey we were trying to reach either Tour Organizer or house boat owner, but of no use (hardly phone signals were there on the way), both of them are not at all in sync. Finally our driver arranged for a house boat for which we had to pay an additional cost of 1500/-. Also Tour Organizer promised for a cake and other things as part of booking but he failed to provide the same. He finally promised to pay the difference amount but didn't provide it till date. But overall we had mixed feelings, but the driver we got for the entire tour was good.
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      Seeram Srilakshmi

      Hyderabad, 6 days ago

    • Trip to Alleppey

      Me along with my friends have traveled to Kerala to visit Alleppey, Munnar, Kumarakom, Alleppey, Kovalam and Cochin for 9 days with Raisoone Travels. Ranjan from Raisoone Travels helped us to choose and visit best places with reasonable package but with premium properties. Our overall trip went very well with out any hassles. On tour support was also superb, we got some issues during check-in to Kumarakom Hotel but it was resolved immediately by Raisoone Travels, this is why you should book your tour with good travel agency. They provided us a very good customer service with very well behaved professional driver who is been very supportive through out our journey. I am proudly rating them 5 Star for all the support and services during trip. Willing to travel with Raisoone Travels again in the future !!!!
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      Deepti Desai

      Pune, 7 days ago

    • Trip to Alleppey

      Memorable trip, value for money, good iternary wonder valley at Munnar, Kalari at Thekkady, the meadow at Vagamon, and the boat house in Alleppey
      SN

      Srinath Nellore

      Bengaluru, 8 days ago

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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. 

    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.

    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.

    Cochin International Airport is the nearest to Alleppey, around 73 kms away.

    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.

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