A small city located on the Lacaditive sea famous for its canal system, boat cruises, beaches, paddy fields and lagoons, Alleppey or Alappuzha. However, the city ranks 3rd in the literacy rate of Kerala. The name of this place refers to its association with rivers and canals. Because of this strong association, it is also called “Venice of the East”. It’s one of the popular tourist attractions in Kerala, South India. However, there are no forests and mountains in this area. If you love water, you will like this place most probably.
Location and How to Reach
The city has an important geographic location like it is associated with Changanacherry, Kochi, Kottayam, Thrissur, and Trivandrum. The backwaters of this city connect Kumarakom and Cochin to the North and Quilon on the South. The city can also use water as a transport medium along with rails, state highways, national highways, and airports. The national highway 66 connects Panvel to Kanyakumari and crosses through Alappuzha. This highway also connects this small town to some important cities like Mumbai, Udupi, Mangalore, etc. There are 8 state highways and 3 of them even originate from here. There are 2 bus terminals named KSRTC buses and Municipal bus stand.
Alappuzha is a prime city and 4 trains even originate from here. However, many local trains to some other major cities throughout the day. The nearest airports are Cochin International Airport, Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, Kozhikode, and Coimbatore. It’s so easy to plan a tour because of its important and prime location with all mediums of transports. There is a helipad as well, but it’s restricted to government uses only.
Famous for Alleppey
Abundant marine life, Vembanad Lake, interlinked canals, Kuttanad, backwaters, and wetlands are the important features of this region. Apart from these, there are many other places to visit which will astonish you despite there are no forests and mountains. Boat races and the temple festivals also take place in this region and it attracts tourists as well. Backwater tours are generally preferred among tourists and we must say you will enjoy it to the core.
Best time to visit Alleppey
As the city is proximal to the sea so it remains humid and hot during the summer season, but it’s fairly pleasant in October and November. Just like other states of Kerala it also received two seasonal monsoons with heavy showers. The best time to visit Alleppey is from October to February as the temperature is moderate. Monsoons and summers are not preferable because the heavy monsoons may disturb your plans, while the hot humid weather is not for travelers. Who likes to visit places while your sweat is dripping out?
Things to do in Alappuzha
Backwater tours, Alappuzha beach, lakes, boat races, temple visits, you can do all of this in Alappuzha.
Backwater tours are quite famous and go for one while you are in Alleppey. You will enjoy it more if you go for it at night on houseboats. The beautiful gushing waters, sparkling stars will leave you astonished. Backwaters are the amalgamation of many water resources and this fact makes it more interesting to visit. However, you can go for backwater tours in the day as well, but don’t miss the sunset view then. You can see the everyday life of farmers and it is a unique experience. This backwater tour will give you the vibe of Venice. The coconut trees lined along with the houseboats in the middle is an experience that you can’t experience other than backwater tours. The setting of the luxurious houseboats and the beautiful scenic view of Backwaters is mesmerizing.
Alappuzha beach stands on an important point in the maritime history of Kerala. The scenic beauty and the 150 old piers in the water are fascinating. Picnic around the Alappuzha beach and the palm groves provides you a beautiful experience. There are some other activities on the beach like Vijaya Beach Park which is an amusement park and helps you enjoy the scenic beauty of the village along with the adventurous activities. This beach is also the host to many festivals like Sand Art festival, Nehru Trophy boat race, and Alappuzha beach festival. If you are in Alleppey during the time of these festivals, make sure to visit them.
It’s the longest lake in India and visiting it will be a fun experience. It’s famous for its backwater tours and the beautiful scenic view which you can enjoy. You can go boating in the lagoon and also enjoy the nearby islands with lush green coconut trees. Houseboat stay will make your backwater tour more fun and exciting.
Famous for its white sand, the island is beautiful. It is an off-beat location than other places in Alappuzha as there are many glass and cement industries. There is a bridge as well that gives access to Cherthala mainland.
Pathiramanal means “sands of the night”. The place has a beauty of its own. Dense natural vegetation and the beautiful flora and fauna will satisfy the needs of a nature lover. It’s also called “bird watcher’s paradise”. This place is home to many endangered species as well and some are plants that have medicinal properties. The picturesque landscape of this place and the idyllic setting gives beauty to this place.
Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple
The temple is developed in the traditional architectural style of Kerala. The temple is also called as the “Dwarka of the South”. The famous rice pudding named Pal Payasam is delicious to eat. The main dirty of the temple is carved out of black granite. If you are a person who loves architecture then do visit this temple in Alappuzha.
Aleppey is a place that gives you the opportunity of enjoying everything. Massage Centres are located around the city where you can experience the Ayurveda massage as well. The other temples and beaches are of equal beauty and will astonish you with their beauties and wonders. There are museums in this hill station as well which will tell you about the history of “Venice of the East”.