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Alleppey Tourism, Kerala

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Tourism in Alleppey

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Nov - Feb
Ideal Duration
3-4 days
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  • Romantic
  • Backwaters
  • Ayurvedic

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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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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      Why is Alleppey famous?

      Alleppey or Alappuzha is famous for its several backwater canals, beaches, paddy fields and lagoons. One of the most famous things in Alleppey are the iconic houseboats cruises in the backwaters.

      What are the best public transport modes to commute around Alleppey?

      Local transport in Alleppey includes buses, taxis, auto-rickshaws, and ferries and houseboats. For short distance commute, it is better to hire an auto-rickshaw while for longer distances, you can take a bus or taxi.

      Which are the best places to experience the local cuisine in Alleppey?

      Some of the popular localities/areas which offer the best experience of local cuisine in Alleppey are : CCSB Road Zachariya Bazar Beach Road

      Which are some of the best houseboat types in Alleppey?

      Several types of houseboats available in Alleppey are : Standard houseboats Deluxe houseboats Superior deluxe houseboats Premium houseboats Luxury houseboats

      What is the nearest airport to Alleppey?

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

      What are the places to shop at?

      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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