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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Tpv's 5 days trip to AlleppeyMy trip to Kerala was great....the support provided by travel agent was appreciable and the hotel at Munnar (Pine tree Munnar was very good) than any other. The car and car driver were very good Munnar Trip was awesome
Chirag's 4 days trip to AlleppeyJust want to thanks Mamta from travel unbound again for my memorable trip to Kerala... Very supportive and available on toes at anytime for any queries or help required in between trip. Thank you for such a lovely memory Mamta ma'am
Vikneswaran's 7 days trip to AlleppeyIt was an awesome experience we had with this tour. You people arranged the hotels as per our convenience. Hotel's staff and management is good. Munnar, Thekkady and Alleppey was the best places to visit in Kerela. We loved boat house very much and the people were very friendly. Our travel agent Ranjan - Raisoone Travels planned the tour in a proper way. We thank him for the proper guidance. Driver was also very good and made our travel very comfortable. At last we would like to say that we had a great experience with Kerela. I will surely contact Ranjan - Raisoone Travels for my next tour !!!
Amar's 5 days trip to AlleppeyWe had great experience with Raisoone Travels during our Kerala trip. Ranjan from the agency was prompt in arrangements and we were able get the hotels of our choice. Cab and driver were great. Luckily our guide cum driver was experienced, provided great suggestions during our trip for different activities as well as shopping. Thanks to him, we had great time. Jeep safari at Thekkady was a thrilling experience. Hotels were up to the mark, houseboat stay was good well. Sunset from mountain top from Thekkady. Overall Kerala is more beautiful then we normally think..
Hoja's 4 days trip to AlleppeyWe had a great time in Kerala for four days. We booked our trip from Raisoone Travels. We have enjoyed all the safari points in the Munnar and backwaters boating was superb. The guide cum driver was very much co-operative, active, punctual, jovial and very humble person. He took us to all the possible places as he can. We were just missed the hot air balloon drive in the Munnar due to heavy wind and also the Ervikulam National Park due to time constraint. The only disappointment is that house boat would have been a better one...and food was average in the houseboat. And on the last day of our trip the a/c was not working in the car due to some battery problem. Otherwise the trip is very superb and nice.. The best memories of our trip is the Bamboo Dale Resort which is a tree house. In the night we have enjoyed by seeing the moon and stars in the middle of the jungle from the room window which was a memorable night. I was very much excited. The other best moment is night stay on the boat and a coracle ride in the Munnar.
Shrai's 3 days trip to AlleppeyThere is a lot of communications gap you guys have within the team itself
Sureshvalli's 4 days trip to AlleppeyI would like to thank first Aliya, Trip Seller and Travel Triangle for this memorable trip. Kerala was very good and I enjoyed it a lot. especially the Munnar resort(Camellia & Elettaria TheTwin Resorts) is awesome. Also, a cab driver(Shameer) is a very friendly and good guide I'm very happy to tell this but Houseboat I would suggest providing a little more luxury for the honeymoon couple, why bcz feel felt uncomfortable during night time but my Kerala trip was awesome and we enjoyed a lot. Special thanks to cab driver Shameer for safe travel and friendly guide, Also special thanks Alia for guidance and support when we required and I'm more happy to thanks again Alia and cab driver :) Thanks, Suresh
Niranjan's 7 days trip to AlleppeyThis is my third trip with Travel Triangle, so overall was a good experience starting from surfing the website for location till final payment with trip.
Saketh's 4 days trip to AlleppeyCab drivers named hamsa said and anji kumar two peoples are very good and friendly nature persons..boat driver abhilash and dinesh is vry co operative persons..rooms was vry good in resort .view was awesom.specially food was vry good in bella vista resort.and my travel guide named KRISHNA from dunia zamana.supported well and he gave d best rate and best suggestions.and best plan according the kerala toure. Kerala kathakali and Marshallarrs was supb...boat house experience was supb...take a upper boat double deck boat ..it was supb..good experience ..
Shivraj's 6 days trip to AlleppeyPeriyar nest resort is not at good location and latrine sheet flush also dead not good experience in periyar nest resort in thekkedy. At the house boat staff behaviour was nt friendly coker behaviour was rude. Have nt good experience.
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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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