The Venice of the east
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.
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.
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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
Fish curry and tapioca
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.