Alleppey is a sheer blessing of Mother Nature for the human kind. Alappuzha, still fondly called as Alleppey, is the perfect hub to unleash your senses. This Venice of the East is a mesmerising blend of different canals, beaches, paddy fields, temples, churches and various lagoons. This beautiful destination in the emerald state of Kerala is blessed with magnificent beauty that you wouldn’t want to miss. The peaceful charm of Alleppey can be visually seen in its backwater cruises.
All the beach enthusiasts can head to the Marari Beach in Alleppey for a blissful experience. A leisure walk around the magnificent seashore, whilst enjoying the cool breeze is a stress buster for the tired souls. Offering a vast view of the sea, the place is full of various Ayurvedic treatment centers near the sea. The relaxing sessions of these spas would make you feel like all your worries are coming to an end.
Another amazing way to enjoy the scenic natural beauty of Alleppey is a ride in a Houseboat through the enchanting backwaters of Alleppey. Kettuvalloms or Houseboats (Riceboats) are country boats that were used in the early days for the transport of goods from the isolated interior villages to the towns. The palm fringed narrow canals with vast expanse of paddy fields lined up along either side of the canals offer a view that will rob your heart.
Another must visit attraction is Pathiramanal, which is a small lake island located on the backwaters of Alappuzha in Lake Vembanad. The place is a bird watcher’s paradise. It is not much crowded; therefore, you don’t have to worry about any disruption from the hawkers. This lake island is not a major tourist spot, due to which you may feel that it lacks the basic facilities for tourist comfort like benches, restrooms, food joints etc.
Kerala boasts of various temples dedicated to Lord Krishna, but the most popular of them all is the Ambalapuzha Sri Krishna temple that stands among all. The idol of Krishna is transported from Changanassery, and the shifting of the idol is commemorated here every year with a boat race, called the Champakulam Boat Race. Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple and Sree Subramanya Swami Temple are among the other popular temples here, attracting devotees with their architecture and remain on the list of every holidaymaker.
Best time to visit Allepey is during the months of September to March.
By Air: The Cochin International Airport, located around 78 km away, is the closest airport to Alleppey.
By Rail: The Alleppey Railway Station is situated around 4 km away from the city centre.
By Road: The National Highway 66 links Alleppey with all major cities.