Alappuzha - Alleppey
- Alleppey Tourism - Explore nature at its best
Alleppey Fondly called as the Venice of the East, for its maze of interconnecting waterways and channels, Alleppey or Alappuzha as it is known in local language truly lives up to its name! The waterways and channels are best explored in country boats as in Venice.
Alleppey is indeed famous for at least a million reasons. It is the only place in the world other than Holland where rice is cultivated well under the sea level. Thickly punctuated with coconut palms, Chinese nets and paddy fields, Aleppey is enchanting and receptive to tourists all round the year The enviably slow pace of the lives in the lagoons and the tranquility that is broken only by the echoing calls of the migratory birds, make it a different world altogether!
Today Alappuzha has emerged as a famous backwater tourist centre, which
draws scores of tourists each year. Probably the boat races of Aleppey
are the biggest crowd pullers of this destination. Scores of impressive
snake boats that can accommodate as many as 120 oarsmen cut through the
waters to race up to the finishing line in the Nehru boat race, which
forms one of the red letters days in Alleppey tourist calendar.
No trip to this place will be complete without a house boat trip. These huge boats that are made from ecofriendly materials like wood and ropes were originally designed to carry farm produce like rice along the waterways. Now these have evolved as well equipped house boats that ensure a leisurely cruise for the tourists along the Punnamada Lake and Alleppey backwaters apart from ensuring a cozy stay amidst the waters. Be it a corporate holiday, honeymoon or a family trip, you would surely enjoy every bit of this memorable house boat trip!
The interconnected waterways of Alleppey form part of the 900km of navigable backwaters of Kerala. In Aleppey, life revolves around water where people own country boats in place of cars; where kids learn to swim before they walk and where the people are awakened by the hooting of the horns of the boats that ferry not only passengers across the backwaters but also vegetables, essential commodities and even posts!
While in this city, you won’t have any dearth of activities for sure. Take an up close view of the simple life of the people around, swim along the shallow waters, take a leisurely stroll along the village roads or explore the village markets that sell the local crafts and art forms among others. You can even try your mettle with the fishing rods and in case you fancy tasting the local beverage of coconut toddy , hop into a toddy shop and savour the tangy taste of this beverage to the accompaniment of a variety of spicy fish delicacies including the signature dish of karimeen ( Pearl spot).
There are many ancient religious places around including the fabled Ambalapuzha Sri Krishna temple and the St.Andrew church, founded way back in 1866 by Portuguese missionaries. Come, enjoy the best of nature on a platter and live in tandem with the rhythm of nature by soaking up the enchanting beauty of this coastal district of Alleppey in Kerala!
- Tourism Attractions
St George Church Edathua.
Chettikulangara Devi temple
- Things To Do
House Boats :
The best possible way to experience the alluring backwaters of Kerala in luxury and comfort. Watch the breath-taking beauty of the scenic countryside unfold before your eyes as you cruise along the emerald backwaters. These houseboats come equipped with all modern amenities and your own personal cook.
Front-seat Boatrace view :
To get a real up-close experience of the boatrace we recommend you to rent a houseboat, canoe or any other boat to watch the race.
Toddy shops :
Try some of the mouthwatering delicacies and toddy (an alcoholic beverage made from coconut palms) from the local toddy shops. Do make it a point to try the mouthwatering combination of Kappa (Tapioca) & Meen curry (Fish curry).
Visit a Coir Factory :
Coir and related industries form the lifeblood supporting a majority of households directly and indirectly in the region. Do make it a point to visit one of these factories or small industries where you can see how coir is made from coconut husk.
- Best Time To Visit
The period from August to March is considered an ideal time for visiting the place. This has been recently redefined with the concept of Monsoon Tourism gaining wide popularity. The much acclaimed Snake Boat races are held during the month of August.
- How to Reach
By Flight :
The airport nearest to Alleppey is Kochi at a distance of 64 km north. The Trivandrum airport is located 159 km south of Alleppey. Cities like Cochin, Chennai, Howrah, Bangalore and Bokaro are well connected to Alleppey.
By Rail :
Alleppey is also well connected through waterways. Alleppey is linked by boat and ferry services through the scenic backwaters to Cochin, Kottayam, Kavalam, Changanassery and Chengannur.
By Road :
National Highway 47 goes through Alleppey connecting it with almost all the nearby places of South India.
By Water :
Regular boat services keep Alleppey well connected with Kollam, Kottayam, Kumarakam and Cochin. The boat jetty is located right in the centre of the town.