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Things To Do In Alleppey

Your travel guide, as experienced by our travelers to help you navigate through the city of houseboats & beaches
Alleppey Tourism

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Nov - Feb



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Romantic Backwaters Ayurvedic

Top Things To Do In Alleppey

Your list of the best things to do, compiled on the basis of actual traveler experiences

As you might know by now, among the top things to do in Alleppey, a backwaters stay is the most sought after, the most cherished and the most enjoyed. And rightly so! After all what can beat the thrill of staying overnight on a houseboat that bobs up and down on the backwaters of the Arabian Sea? Gliding past silently alongside the small fishing villages that have made the backwaters their source of livelihood will give you a sense of peace and tranquility. You can also stay at a homestay in one of the villages, in order to get a feel of the local way of life. It is a tremendous opportunity to bond with the locals.

Apart the houseboats on the palm-fringed backwaters, there is also a chance to enjoy a kayaking expedition on the canals. You can either hire a kayak to row it yourself, or you can hire a canoe and an oarsman to row you into the intricate canals that run across the villages and the paddy fields.

Among the many Alleppey things to do, watching the snake boat races is a must do. One of the most famous and prestigious snake boat races of Kerala is the Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race, which is held in Alleppey. It is held on the second Saturday of August every year, attracting hundreds of adventure-enthusiasts and sports lovers, be it locals or tourists. If looking for adventure activities in Alleppey , this would be your best bet.

There are also other activities in Alleppey that you must indulge in such as being art of the Ambalapuzha Temple Festival, which is held every year during the month of October. It is 10 day festival that is famed across the state, attracting devotees and tourists from all over. Another 10 day festival is held in January, wherein an elephant parade takes place. It also worth a visit, if you find yourself in Alleppey during this time.


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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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Where can one get Ayurvedic therapies in Alleppey?

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. 

What are the places you recommend to eat at 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.

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.

What is the nearest airport to Alleppey?

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

How to commute within 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.

Things to do in Alleppey, Kerala

Some of the best things to do in Alleppey include sampling the freshest of fresh seafood that is available here. Be it a karimeen or tiger prawns, the seafood of Alleppey is sure to leave you wanting for more. On the houseboats, you can also request the cook to prepare your seafood in the exact way that you like.

While you are sure to enjoy your houseboat stay and backwaters cruise, there are several other fun things to do in Alleppey such as enjoying a relaxing Ayurvedic massage. Alleppey is famed for offering traditional Ayurvedic therapies and massages, so ensure that you make plans to enjoy one before you leave.

When making a list of things to do at Alleppey make sure that you have also included bird-watching, especially if you are a photography enthusiast. The hundreds of migratory birds that roost and take flight from the backwaters of Alleppey make for amazingly beautiful photographs.

Alleppey might be famed for its backwaters and houseboats stay, but in all reality it is a much more diverse tourist destination, offering travelers a chance to know the rural Kerala.