What comes to one’s mind when they hear, Alleppey, clean lakes, rejuvenating seashore, astounding lagoons, enthralling boat rides, glistering backwaters, sacred temples, and lofty palm trees. No wonder this beguiling conglomeration of nature’s bounty privileged Alleppey with the title of “Venice of East”.
This town has everything one needs to spend a fantastic holiday, Alleppey offers a fascinating stay in the houseboats, amidst the lush greenery and sun-kissed beaches, palm-fringed nature. You can have a soul-soothing long walk on Alappuzha beach, that is going to be entirely refreshing for your spirit and body, take ayurvedic massages to add up little more pampering to yourself.
And like they say, Alleppey is not only a treat for your eyes but for your soul and body as well. No matter if you are an explorer, solo traveller or having a big family trip there are some phenomenal sightseeing spots you cannot miss to explore, and one of them is the oldest Church – St. Mary Forane Church, or just visit one of the world’s most extensive private collections of Swarovski crystals, that are preserved in Revi Karunakaran Museum.
Do not forget to attend the wonderful feast at Chettikulangara Bharani, Arthunkal Perunnal, St Sebastian, St. George at Edathua and Ambalappuzha temple at a time of February and March. Around the whole tour of Alleppey, you will find yourself encircled with history, unspoilt beauty and luxury all at once.
No wonder this small town has an innumerable thing to do and places to see, and a lot more to do, rather than the sailing across the labyrinthine canals, explore one of the prime destinations of Kerala and add up cherishing memories in your travel diaries.
Best Time to Visit
Ideal time to visit Alleppey is at the beginning of Winters, November to February, the weather is pleasant and unusual for sightseeing. Avoid summers, the hot and humid is not bearable.
What you will like
Stay in Houseboats, quiet night walks at the seashore, delicious local food.
What you might not like
crowded in peak months, language problem might occur.
Alleppey is suitable for all any kind of travellers and trips. Gradually the place is becoming more popular among backpackers as well.
How to Reach
By Air– Alleppey has no airport; the nearest one is 75 km away from the town. Cochin International Airport which is well connected to the major cities worldwide, such as Delhi, Mumbai, as well as Dubai and other places. It is good to pre-hire a cab to reach Alleppey.
By Rail– Alleppey Railway Station which in the midst of the city is well connected through the all the significant cities, Chennai, Bangalore, New Delhi and Kolkata. You can quickly get taxi, rickshaw, autos or buses to reach your hotel. It is advisable to book prepaid taxi or cabs for a hassle-free journey.
By Road– Well you can traverse to the pristine town through Kochi and Kumarakom, which provides well-connected routes to other cities of Kerala, as well as you can enjoy the mesmerizing scenic views too.
Paradise for Shopping Spree :
Alleppey is a haven for shopaholics, and especially those who visit from other parts rather than South India. Highly renowned for its coir products, one can get supreme quality carpets mattings made up of fibres of coconut husks, tourist can easily find excellent quality stuff at affordable prices that’s why it is one of the significant product sells in the markets of Alleppey.
Other fascinating and famous products are the spices of this town, no visitor of Alleppey went away without buying high-quality spices, organic coconut oil, pepper, sugar, cardamom, areca nuts, turmeric and fish pickles are the limelight of spice markets.
Mullakkal is the prominent region in Alleppey, where one can own up to some super tremendous gold and silver ornaments and pieces of jewellery, numerable visitors visit these shops. Also, junk jewellery is also available for those who prefer boho- style.
Once entered in the marketplace of Alleppey, it’s quite obvious one will be spotted with loads of shopping bags in their hands.
Nightlife in Alleppey:
One cannot find the tipsy nightlife like some other tourist destinations, but positively, late evenings in Alleppey is deeply adored by Nyctophilia ’s, who is in love with nature’s scenery. No wonder to gaze at the orange violet hues of a beautiful sunset from the houseboats on a seashore is all worth spending such a solitary time.
For nightfall, the beauty of a blanket of stars is beyond imagination, staying up in your houseboat with having a cup of hot coffee, and the hush of cold breeze will leave you in the amazement. You can have a stroll around the beaches and have some local snack too and spend some leisure pleasant time with your loved ones.
For party freaks, there aren’t many options, but a few resto bars are present in the city, some of them are Pegs n’ Pints, and Chithira Bar offer some decent variety of drinks and serves delicious traditional delicacies.
Local Cuisine of Alleppey:
Undoubtedly you will get lip-smacking and some of the ultimate seafood dishes, and its not fair if you don’t taste Shrimp fried/ grilled which is available fresh and is cooked with tamarind, coconut oil, turmeric and garlic paste, is one of the must-try street food, with this you can direct hit towards Malabar Biryani which is centuries old delicacy and has a touch of Islamic or Mughlai cuisine, cooked in charcoal the aroma is supreme, and the mouth-watering garnishing with scrummy pieces of meat is all you need to satiate your hunger pangs. Other than that, fishes, crabs, mussels many varieties are available too.
For vegetarians, Alleppey traditional delicacies such as Dosa served with coconut chutney and sambar, idlis, uttapams, poha, upma and other rice-based dishes are conveniently available at every food corner for experiencing the best taste one can visit The Harbour Restaurant that serves cities best Arabic cuisine as well.
Some inescapable recipes this town offers Kerala Breakfast spread, this one is a must try if you visit Alleppey, and Malabar Parotta is another super quality dish. For some refreshing beverages, do try Ilanur and kallu that is the blend of coconut water and toddy works as an intoxicant for your body, other than that coffee and coconut water both are essential drinks of this region. Those who prefer alcoholic liquor, Toddy is a traditional and fantastic drink served here.
Day 1- Reach Alleppey and check into your hotel , have a meal, by afternoon Visit Kerala Folklore museum , as a tourist attraction there is rich assemblage of ancient murals, painting a good source of historical learning events , then by evening you can stroll on Marari Beach, engulfed with palm trees you can spend some time to enjoy site, there are quite fewer options for food .
Day 2- Another day, you have plenty of time since morning, first explore the lanes of Alleppey and try some authentic breakfast, after this, you can go to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, spread across 14 acres of land has a variety of migratory birds throughout all year. After this have lunch then attend the theme festivals in Alappuzha Beach, you can have family houseboat too here.
Day 3- Last day is perfect to be a part of refreshing coastal waterways. Kerala Waterways is the region’s most important transportation route and one of the significant tourist attractions as well. More than 900 km of lagoons, canals, lakes, and estuaries make up this mesmerising network. You can rent a boat to have a fantastic experience.