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ALAPPUZHA

Aleppey, also known as “Alappuzha”, is one of Kerala’s most popular tourist destinations. Alappuzha is fondly called as the “Venice of the East”. This tourist destination, which is located on the banks of the enchanting Vembanad Lake, is home to a large network of backwaters and plenty of houseboats. Alappuzha is renowned for its picturesque backwaters, coconut groves, numerous canals and other natural wonders. The houseboats found in Alappuzha’s backwaters are reworked versions of traditional Kettuvallams. “Kettuvallam‟ is a combination of two Malayalam words, first word  “Kettu‟, means living structures and the next word “Vallom‟ means boat. Modern house boats have all of the comfort of a good hotel room, including furnished rooms, a kitchen, and even a fishing balcony. The Alappuzha beach, which features a 137-year-old pier stretching into the sea and a 17th-century lighthouse constructed by the Portuguese, adds to the charm of the place. Boat races, marine products, and the coir industry are all well-known here. Alappuzha in Kerala can be your next destination if you are a nature lover, looking for honeymoon trip, or planning a family or solo holiday.

The anglicised form of the district’s name, Alleppey, has been changed to ‘Alappuzha.’ The name Alappuzha is thought to have come from the location’s geographical and physical characteristics, and it means “the land between the sea and the network of rivers that flow into it.”

Facts about Alappuzha

Alappuzha district was formed on 17th of August 1957

District : Alappuzha

Region : Central Travancore

State: Kerala

Country : India

How to Reach Alappuzha?

By air

Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport which is less than 100 kilometres from Alappuzha. Daily flights to major Indian cities are available form here. Visitors from all over the world can reach this airport and then hire private taxis or cabs to get to Alappuzha.

By train

Alappuzha has its own railway station which is well connected to major cities such as Cochin, Trivandrum and many more cities.

By road

KSRTC as well as private buses frequent ply to Alappuzha from almost all nearby cities and neighbouring states. Tourists can take a luxury, premium, or regular bus to get to Alappuzha.

Best time to Visit Alappuzha

Winter season

The best time to visit Alappuzha is winter season (December to February). One who wishes to explore the beauty of Alappuzha must visit in this season as the temperature is perfect and pleasant for an enjoyable vacation.

Summer season

Tourists can visit Alappuzha during summer season but it may not be an ideal time to enjoy this place as the temperature rises.

Monsoon

Alappuzha allures everyone by its unique charm during rainy season. One can visit nearby attractive places and enjoy the rain but it‟s not the best time for backwater tourism.

Activities in Alappuzha

Houseboat cruises

Houseboat cruise is one of the major attractions of Alappuzha which a tourist cannot skip. Houseboats in Alappuzha offer visitors a fun-filled cruise in the beautiful backwaters which is surrounded by greenery and coconut groves.

Village Tours

There are some villages which are hidden or can be reached by boats as they are only linked by a complex network of canals. Visitors must go and explore these villages for an outstanding experience.

Alappuzha beach and Marari beach are splendid beach destinations. You can make your trip more entertaining by visiting and spending some time in these tranquil beaches.

Snake Boat Race

You will see the much-coveted Snake Boat Race if you visit Alappuzha during the month of August. This is very interesting for both locals and foreigners.

Top attractions in Alappuzha

Kuttanad

Kuttanad, also known as the “Rice Bowl of India”, is known for its beautiful village and glistening beauty. The evergreen surrounding and enchanting beauty of this village, which is located in the heart of Kerala’s backwaters, promises visitors an unforgettable experience.

Alappuzha Beach

Alappuzha Beach is known for its peaceful, calm, tranquil, and beautiful atmosphere, as well as its pristine sands and a diverse range of beach activities.

Krishnapuram Palace

Krishnapuram Palace was built in the 18th century by the King of Travancore, Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma, and is known for its vintage architecture and artistic murals. Krishnapuram palace is one of Alleppey’s most famous museums.

Marari Beach

Marari Beach is known for providing visitors with one-of-a-kind experiences. This beach transports visitors away from the stresses of daily life, allowing them to relax and enjoy the many aspects and blessings of life and nature. The quaint little village close to Marari Beach attracts visitors from all over the world, welcoming them to learn about and appreciate the culture of God‟s on country.

Kuttanad Backwaters

The Kuttanad Backwaters are one of the best places to visit in Alappuzha. Floating along the serene backwaters surrounded by canals, greenery and spectacular landscape on a houseboat is an experience that is indescribable.

Alappuzha Lighthouse

Alleppey lighthouse also known as the Alappuzha lighthouse, being one of the oldest lighthouses of Kerala is an amazing tower built in March of 1862, is almost 148 years old. The Alappuzha lighthouse offers a panoramic view of the ocean as well as the landscape of Alappuzha, which is mostly covered in dense and lush vegetation

Karumadi

Karumadi, a village just a few kilometres from Alappuzha, is one of the incredible Alappuzha tourist places that tourists would love. The site is famous for the black granite statue of Sri Buddha, which has played an important role in the history and growth of Buddhism as a religion.

Andhakaranazhi Beach

Andhakaranazhi Beach is one of the most attractive pristine beaches in Alappuzha. No words can adequately describe the tranquillity and beauty of Andhakaranazhi Beach.

Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race

Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race also known as Vallam Kali, takes place in every August on a part of Lake Vembanad. This boat race is unlike any other boat race you’ve ever seen. Visitors should schedule your trip accordingly, so that you don‟t miss this exciting boat race competition.

Vembanad Lake

This is one of the most stunning tourist attractions in Alappuzha that you must visit. Kerala’s longest lake, Vembanad Lake, is also one of India’s largest lake.

You’ll be lucky if you visit this location in August. This is when the Annual Snake Boat Race, also known as Vallam Kali, takes place. It‟s awe-inspiring.

Pathiramanal

Pathiramanal is a tiny island situated on the backwaters of Alappuzha is a bird watcher’s paradise. The island’s location is incredibly stunning, making it a wonderful place to observe birds and water.

Pandavan Rock

Pandavan Rock is a combination of beautiful caves and magnificent rock carvings. The natural beauty that surrounds this location is breath-taking. The Pandavas are said to have lived in this cave. As a result, it is one of the most interesting places to visit in Alappuzha. It’s also well-known as a picnic spot.

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