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Alleppey Tourism

The sumptuous green landscape with swaying coconut plantations, endless stretches of paddy fields, meandering water channels and large backwaters, this place is a tourist’s paradise in central Kerala. Aside from the natural beauty, the culture and architecture here are also stirring. The famous houseboat trips, the variety of delicacies and the sweet nature of the people here is a dream of every traveller.

WHEN TO VISIT…?

Alappuzha is an all-time destination, but there are high and low points for each season. Winter starting from November to February is the best time to enjoy the mild cool weather free from strong rains or hash sun. The famous Nehru trophy boat race is held when the monsoon is at its peak; from June to September, an event that brings together thousands of fans on the banks of the Vembanad Lake to witness this exciting and unique race. Summer starts from March and extends to may. This time of the year is least preferred due to the high temperature and humidity.

THINGS TO DO…

 

A visit to the toddy shops!

If you haven’t been to a toddy shop in Alappuzha, then you haven’t enjoyed half of what this place has to offer. The local cuisine is in its most refined form in these shacks, which are easy to find anywhere here. The toddy, made from coconut tree sap is a sweet fermented drink that can add a bit of a kick to your trip.

Kayaking through the narrow canals

 Modern kayaks are available here for rent to get around the narrow canals that wind through the most inner lines of Alappuzha. Local wooden boats are also available for such trips.

Sight-seeing

The villages of Alappuzha are rich in cultural and natural beauty. Every view is worth capturing once you reach the core of this place. The humble nature and smiling faces of the people here are even more welcoming. Blessed with backwaters, extensive beaches and lush green landscapes with a lot of history to share make Alappuzha one of a kind.

 

Top things do in Alleppey

1. Pallippuram

29 kilometres from city centre

3. Chettikulangara Devi Temple

36 kilometres from city centre

4. Vembanad

13 kilometres from city centre

5. Nehru Trophy Snake Boat race

2 kilometres from city centre

6. Bay Island Driftwood Museum

17 kilometres from city centre

7. Kuttanad

18 kilometres from city centre

8. Krishnapuram Palace

43 kilometres from city centre

9. Alappuzha beach

2 kilometres from city centre

10. Backwaters

14 kilometres from city centre

11. A day & night in the house boats

2 kilometres from city centre

12. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

17 kilometres from city centre

How to reach

Alleppey is a well-connected destination and can be accessed by any mode of transportation.

How to Reach by Flight

The nearest Airport is at Nedumbassery, a well connected International Airport located about 75 km from the town. You can reach Alleppey by cab, by train or even by public buses from the Airport.

How to Reach by Train

Alleppey has its own Railway station within the city limits and is very well connected to most major cities in India. Pre-book your tickets to get here by train, Alleppey is a major rail route so trains are frequent and easily available.

How to Reach by Bus

Public Buses (KURTC) are available day and night to and from Alleppey connecting to all the districts in Kerala. You can also get buses from major Indian cities like Banglore, Chennai, Hyderabad etc.

How to Reach by Road

The road network here is well developed. Alleppey could be accessed from anywhere in Kerala through public buses. The national high NH-47 passes through Alleppey making well connected to other cities in India as well.

How to travel within

One can hire cabs or depend on rickshaws and public transportation (which has a well-connected network) for moving around here. And Boat rides, especially houseboats or small Traditional boats to move along the backwaters of intricate canal systems in Alleppey. You can also get bikes for hire here which is easier to ride along the rural paths in Alleppey.

DRINK & DINE…

Alappuzha is famous for its backwaters but its cuisine is even more exciting and unique. It is a paradise for foodies. From toddy shops to luxury restaurants the variety of food here is incredible. Here are some of the delicacies you should not miss.

Seafood dishes like prawns, crab and a variety of fried fish

Ela Ada- a traditional steamed rice cake

Karimeen pollichathu- a fried and steamed pearl spot fish

Alappuzha duck roast and palappam

Toddy from coconut and palm

Tender coconut

Fish curry and tapioca

Alleppey Itinerary

Day 1: Ride around the paddy fields of Alleppey.

           Enjoy a hearty meal at a local toddy shop

           Visit the St Mary's church at Pallipuram

           Afternoon houseboat ride across the backwaters.

Day 2: Vembanad Lake

           Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

           Enjoy the Folktales at the Mannarasala Temple.