It is an extremely beautiful tourist destination famous for its backwaters, the city of Alleppey in Kerala is also known for its beaches, temples and traditional boat races. It is also known as ‘the Venice of the East’ and is a home to huge network of backwaters and more than thousand houseboats. This popular destination has also very well reputed Ayurvedic spas and wellness Centre’s. It is one of the cleanest and oldest planned town in India and is a picturesque coastal delight with lagoons, canals and beaches festooning the city like nothing else. Besides this, Alleppey is known for its snake boat races, which occur in the monsoon season. It has modern houseboats that are equipped with all comforts of good hotel room like air conditioner, modern toilets, cozy living rooms, a kitchen and even a balcony for angling. One can also enjoy the uninterrupted view of life in the backwaters fringed with coconut trees from a houseboat. The Alappuzha beach with a 137-year-old pier extending into the sea and an old 17th century lighthouse built by the Portuguese add to the magic to the place.
Alleppey is a place to be if you are a core lover of typical South Indian food. Your taste buds haven’t experienced this place if you haven’t tried the Ghee Roast Dosa and Malayalee Parotha. Appams and Idlis are must to have essentials, you can also try “Toddy” which is a locally fermented alcohol beverage made from palm tree and coconut palms and is considered as energy booster too.
Places to visit in Alleppey
Houseboats Alleppey is famous for its serene backwaters. Cruising on houseboats in this beautiful place and enjoy the mesmerizing natural beauty of the quaint little town is the latest and the best addition to explore this destination. The houseboats will always be manned by 3 people- a cook, a guide and an oarsman.
Alappuzha beach It is known as Venice of East and always has a major place in the marine time history of Kerala. It is a network of rivers flowing into it and Arabian Sea. This is a great tourist attraction to hangout and relax as it has a tremendous and tempting natural beauty all around. One can also find an old light house near this beach which is very bewitching to the visitors. In the month of august every year the grand event of Nehru Trophy Boat Race takes place which is a very big event and large number of tourist flock this place on this day.
Backwaters in Alleppey The main attraction of the Alleppey backwaters is the overnight journey in the famous Kerala houseboats which is more comfortable as any luxurious hotel room. It is the heaven for the nature lovers with the soul- soothing greenery and the soft waves of backwaters. It is a handful of an experience to have.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary This is an ideal place for Bird lovers, this sanctuary is spread over an expanse of 14 acres. Commonly sighted birds are Kingfisher, paradise fly catchers and egrets. One can travel this place by boat safaris.
There are many more attractions to visit in Alleppey such as Vembanad Lake, Nehru Trophy Snake Boat race, Krishnapuram palace, Pallipuram, Bay Island Driftwood Museum etc.
Best time to visit
The most enjoyable place to be visit in Kerala, the abode of backwaters is between October and February. At that time Alleppey experience winter season when the temperature is moderate, making it a perfect time to explore this city. Monsoon lovers are advisable to go between June and September and enjoy the beauty of this place.