Alleppey Tourism, India: Places, Best Time & Travel Guides 2020

Alappuzha (Alleppey) is known as ‘the Venice of the East’. Offering the best tourist places in Alleppey, this charming place is the hub of Kerala’s backwaters and is home to a huge network of backwaters and more than thousand houseboats. The houseboats you find in the backwaters of Alappuzha are in fact a reworked version of the Kettuvallams of olden times. Kettuvallam is a Malayalam word, ‘Kettu’, means living structures and ‘Vallom’ means boat. In the olden days, kettuvallam or boat with a thatched roof that covers over wooden hulls was used to carry tons of rice and spices.

The modern houseboats are equipped with all the comforts of a good hotel room like air conditioners, modern toilets, cozy living rooms, a kitchen and even a balcony for angling. An uninterrupted view of life in the backwaters fringed with coconut trees can be enjoyed from a houseboat. A perfect place to unwind with its laidback canals and lush greenery. 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 of the place. It is famous for its boat races, marine products, and coir industry.

So get ready to wander around this small but chaotic city center and bus-stand area, with its modest grid of canals. Head west to the beach or in practically any other direction towards the backwaters and Alleppey becomes elegant and greenery-fringed, waning into a watery world of hamlets, punted canoes, toddy shops and, of course, houseboats. Float along and gaze over paddy fields of succulent green, curvaceous rice barges and village life along the banks. Indeed, it is here that nature has spent upon the land her richest bounties. Come and explore the best tourist places in Alleppey.

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What a lovely expereince, never forget it, so well-organized and managed. I will return and bring more friends next time
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Recently we went to Alleppey on the weekend, It was an amazing experience to stay in Houseboat and cruise all night, The view was so beautiful from the boat. The authentic food provided in the houseboat was so yummy, Even the stay in the houseboat was so cozy and comfortable. Thanks, Thrillophila for the beautiful experience.
The expereince on this Kuttanad Houseboat was truly indescribable, everything was properly arranged and well-furnished, the whole boat looks stunning and spotlessly clean, the room is beautiful with comfortable bed and washroom, the living room was pretty, far from the busy city we explored the blackwater and enjoyed it with some good music and sometimes we dance. The foods they served it traditional and tasted so good... All-over This is the best idea to spend your leisure with loves ones.
With Thrillophilia everything was easy, the price is good and the service is great, the place is beautiful would visit again.
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People Also Ask About Alleppey

  1. Which are some of the best houseboat cruises in Alleppey? How much will it cost?

    There are many houseboat cruises in Alleppey, check them out below and book one for your next trip.

    1. Pournami Houseboats has 4 bedrooms and bathrooms and is equipped with all modern comforts and amenities. It is available for 15,000 INR onwards.
    2. River view houseboat with 2 bedrooms is a luxury houseboat at 18,000 INR approximately.
    3. Nova Holidays Houseboat is a 3 bedroom property with all modern amenities at 13,000 INR per night.
    4. Genesis Houseboats with 2 bedrooms for 14,000 INR onwards.
    5. Aqua Castle Houseboats with 2 bedrooms is for 13,000 INR onwards.
  2. Which are the best places to visit in Alleppey?

    Below are the best places to visit in Alleppey that you should not miss on your next trip to this beautiful place.

    1. Alleppey Beach

    This is known throughout Kerala as one of the best beaches accredited to its intrinsic natural beauty. The beach’s celebrated history as a prominent port city is well depicted in its 137-year-old pie that stretches out to the sea. The beauty of this beach is further amplified by an ancient lighthouse, dense palm groves and a beautiful garden. Picnicking and relaxing at the beach are most common activities carried out by tourists here.

    2. Krishnapuram Palace
    Krishnapuram Palace was constructed in the 18th century by Raja Marthanda Varma Maharaja. Today the palace is an archeological museum that houses an exquisite range of antique sculptures and paintings. The palace is also famous for its architecture and mural paintings. You’ll have to pay an entry fee of INR 25 to visit this palace.

    3. Backwaters
    Alleppey’s Backwaters can be referred to as a mirage of what heaven might look on a serene day. The city has a very peculiar feature of having the water at the level of the land. Conclusively, the people who cruise on the backwaters get to closely observe the village life on the shore.

    4. Kuttanad
    Kuttanad is known as the ‘rice bowl of Kerala’. It is known for its green paddy fields. Adding to its beauty is the detailed network of the inland waterways that flow above the ground level.

    5. Ambalapuzha Temple
    The Ambalapuzha Temple is known as the Dwarka of the South. It is particularly famous for its exquisite mural paintings. You can plan a visit during the Ambalapuzha Temple Festival. Do try the Ambalapuzha Palpayasam which is a specialty here.

    6. Marari Beach
    The magnificent Marari beach is situated about 11 km from Alleppey. Its idyllic surroundings make it the most happening place to take a romantic stroll. The views of the beach during sunrise and sunset are simply breathtaking.

    7. Arthunkal Church
    It is an impressive shrine that was built by Portuguese. Dedicated to St. Sebastian the church is famous for its annual feast of St. Sebastian that is organized in January every year.
  3. What things can I do in Alleppey?

    There are a lot of things to do in Alleppey that will make your trip amazing, check them out below:

    1. Houseboat Cruise on the emerald green backwaters fringed with coconut trees and cool breeze is a soothing experience. The houseboat size varies from one room to three rooms. Every kind of facility is provided to you within the houseboats. The houseboats are provided with everything for making your stay comfortable.

    2. Alappuzha is 14 km from the city centre and is famous for its boat races, backwater holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. It is a popular picnic spot with a 137-year-old pier extending into the sea. An old lighthouse nearby is a fascinating sight to the visitors.

    3. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary (20 km) is home to many rare species of birds and is a haven for nature lovers.

    4. Vembanad Lake (15 km) is the longest lake in India and Pallipuram is one of the islands in the lake known for its white sand.

    5. Krishnapuram Palace is built on a hill and is surrounded by terraced gardens and fountains. It houses one of the biggest murals in Kerala the ‘Gajendra Moksha’.

    6. Kuttanad (11km) has the lowest altitude in India and is one of the few places in the world where farming is carried out up to 3m below sea level. It is famous for its paddy fields.

    7. Bay Island Driftwood Museum (19 km) has a unique collection of contemporary root and tree sculptures.
  4. What you will like there?

    1. Locals/People
    Nowhere in the world, you’ll ever experience people friendlier than Alleppey. Believe me, there’s not even a bit of exaggeration here. It is not too often that locals willingly pose for pictures and help you without wanting anything in return.

    2. Lush greenery & stunning landscapes
    Alleppey is a land of coconuts and palm trees. You can spot them just about everywhere, as far as your gaze goes. Another exciting thing is the greenery of the Alleppey’s tea plantations. Backwaters of Alleppey are a surprising element not only in India but also globally.

    3. Culture
    Alleppey is particularly known for its rich culture and tradition. The traditional art forms of Alleppey include dance, martial arts, music and other related forms. Watching the green painted faces of Kathakali performers can be mesmerizing.

    4. Spices and their trade
    The convenient climatic conditions of Kerala make for the ideal conditions for the growing of the spices. Spices have played a pivotal role in Kerala’s history. Kerala today is one of the leading spice producing states of India. As a tourist, you must definitely visit the spice plantations in Alleppey to check out spices like black pepper and cloves growing.

    5. Food
    Kerala is about its spices and spicy food. Do try out the authentic South Indian cuisines in Alleppey.

    6. Diverse wildlife
    Alleppey is known for its diverse wildlife that is a rare escape to some of the endangered animal species. Some of animals that can be easily spotted in Kerala include the Bengal Tiger and elephants.
  5. What is the best time to visit Alleppey?

    The winters (September to March) and monsoon (June to August) are mild with temperatures rarely crossing 35 degree Celsius are the best months to visit Alleppey. The 10 day temple festivals in the month of March is also a very good time to visit. In the month of August, the famous Nehru Boat Race is held with great vigour and excitement and could provide a very unique yet spectacular view of Kerala.

  6. How to reach Alleppey?

    Alleppey is 75 km from Kochi (Cochin) and 155 km from Trivandrum. It is well connected by air, train, and road.

    By Air:
    Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 75 km. It Is well connected to all major cities in India and abroad.

    By Train:
    The Alleppey Railway Station lies within the city limits and is well connected to Cochin and Trivandrum.

    By Road:
    It is accessible by National Highway 47 via Ambalapuzha and Cherthala cities. Kerala State Transport Corporation runs daily buses connecting it to all cities in Kerala.

  7. Which are some best resorts to stay in Alleppey?

    Resorts in Alleppey are simply an extension of the breathtaking picturesque backwaters of Kerala.

    1. Erandia Marari Ayurveda Beach Resort: This 13-room resort is famous for its Ayurveda treatment and a calm and serenity. The tariff charges are 10.980 INR onwards.

    2. El Oceana Beach Villa is an Ayurvedic resort that boasts its Keralite heritage architecture. Experience living in a local traditional home and visit the countryside to explore the unexploited beaches in the vicinity of the resort. The tariff charges are 8200 INR per night.

    3. Xandari Pearl is a simple and elegant resort with 20 private villas with a huge plunge pool and relaxed outdoor seating area with sunbeds and hammock. The tariff charges are 21,250 INR onwards.

    4. Lake Palace Resort is one of the most sought after and beautiful resorts built on an island on the banks of Vembanad Lake. The tariff charges are INR 8,300 onwards.

    5. Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere: A luxury resort in Alleppey has something for everyone from water sports, romantic boat houses to blissful Ayurvedic massages. The tariff charges are 7,825 INR onwards.

  8. Which are the best places to experience local cuisine in Alleppey?

    Kerala food is a gastronomic delight and some of the best places to eat local food are:

    1. ‘Vembanad Restaurant’ is a lovely poolside joint in Alleppey Prince Hotel. It serves mouth-watering fish curry and prawn rice.

    2. ‘Harbour Restaurant
    ’ in Raheem Residency Hotel is known for its pepper grilled chicken and open-air sea-facing ambience.

    3. ‘Mushroom’ on CCSB road is known for tasty halal meats.

    4. ‘Kream Korner’ on Mullackal South of Temple is perfect for Thai food, Mochoo noodles, and spring rolls.

    5. ‘Thaff’ is an ordinary small restaurant famous for quality Indian and Middle Eastern dishes.

  9. What are the best public transport modes to commute around Alleppey?

    Different modes of public transport in Alleppey are

    1. An excellent network of buses that connect most parts of the town. There are state run buses that also connect Alleppey with other nearby cities in Kerala.
    2. Taxi services are ideal to explore the attractions of Alleppey.
    3. Auto-rickshaws are a reliable means to move within the town and are cheaper than taxis
    4. Ferries and houseboats are perfect to reach places in Kuttanad which are not accessible by land.
  10. What are the best places of shopping in Alleppey?

    The best shopping places in Alleppey are:

    1. The central area of Alleppey town called Mullackal where you can find a number of gold and silver shops.

    2. Floating Triveni is a unique floating market. It is owned by the state cooperative and is recognized as a red and white chequered boat. The Floating Triveni Store sells everything you may need right from shampoos and health drinks to TVs and refrigerators.

    3. Canal Bazaar is famous all over the region for its wonderfully flavoured spices. The market consists of small shops made of tiny wooden platforms selling several varieties of fresh and aromatic spices. The banana chips, jackfruit chips, and tapioca chips, freshly fried inside the shops in coconut oil, are also a speciality.

    4. St. Thomas Fine Arts in Champakulam has a premium collection of the finest quality wooden statues, icons, and handicrafts. The fine wood and stone-carved handicrafts made of bamboo, rosewood, teakwood, etc. are bedazzling.

    5. Krishna Textile Shop is located at a distance of just 0.6 km from the main city of Alappuzha. It is a good place if you want to buy some clothes or the traditional attire of Kerala. It is also known for its coir products, and souvenirs.The best buys of this place include textile products, carpet, mattress, rugs, doormats, etc.
  11. What different kinds of houseboats are available in Alleppey?

    Several different categories of houseboat cruises are available.

    1. Deluxe houseboats which start from 6000 INR and AC is available only from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
    2. Premium houseboats starting from 9000 INR onwards with full time AC.
    3. Luxury houseboats starting from 11,000 INR with full time AC and other modern amenities.
  12. Are Alleppey houseboats safe in monsoons?

    Yes, they are equipped with life jackets and other safety measures. The monsoon is a great time for a houseboat cruise as the landscape is exceptionally stunning with greenery all around. However, it is advised to take measures against mosquitoes during this season.

  13. Who all are there in the houseboat other than the guest?

    A 3 member crew of Captain, Oarsman, and Cook accompany the guest.

  14. What are some of the best romantic experiences in Alleppey for a honeymoon?

    The exotic backwaters and inland waterways in and around Alleppey provide for some of the most romantic moments.

    1. In a fully equipped floating houseboat, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery around in the company of your loved one.
    2. Marari Beach and Alleppey Beach are stunning to watch a sunset with your significant other.
    3. Edathua Church is one of the oldest churches in Alleppey with its charming Portuguese architecture.
    4. Pathiramanal is a small beautiful island in the Vembanad Lake is full of surreal natural beauty.
  15. How many days are required for a complete tour of Alleppey?

    Approximately 3-4 days are sufficient to see Alleppey and visit nearby places. It won’t take longer.

  16. Which are some famous beaches in Alleppey?

    The most famous beaches in Alleppey are:

    1. Alleppey Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Kerala due to its intrinsic beauty. There is a charming lighthouse and a 137 year old pier on the sea.

    2. Marari Beach (11km) with idyllic surroundings is an ideal place to unwind and gaze at the endless sea.
  17. Which are some of the best Ayurvedic Spas in Alleppey?

    Kerala massage is famous for its therapeutic and rejuvenating experiences for body and soul.

    1. Ayur Bhadra Ayurveda has therapies that have an edge and stands apart in the crowd. You can enjoy the best of Panchakarma treatment at reasonable rates with assured care and post-treatment.
    2. Sreekrishna Ayurveda Panchkarma Center is known for therapeutic massages from experienced masseurs
    3. Samanga Ayurveda Wellness Center offers you a consultation with Ayurveda doctors to get the right treatment procedures and to seek advice for dealing with your health-related problems.
    4. Marari and Kalarippayattu Flow Center has courses in Hatha Yoga and meditation courses along with spa treatments
    5. Osho Golden Flower is a meditation retreat with courses on meditation and dance sessions.
  18. Which is mostly preferred among houseboats-Alleppey or Kumarakom?

    The best cruise is Alappuzha-Kumarakom cruise which allows travelers to check in Kumarakom and check out at Alappuzha or vice versa at a nominal additional charge. Tourists can enjoy the beauty of both backwaters.While in Kumarakom, you may have a glimpse of all luxury resorts and bird sanctuary while on cruise and can travel in less traffic. The longest house boat cruise in Kerala, Alapuzha-Kollam is a charming experience.

  19. What are the other inexpensive and affordable alternatives to relish in the Alleppey backwaters?

    For backpackers and travelers with a limited budget, there are other options to explore the backwaters

    • Public Ferries run for sightseeing and it goes back and forth along a few of the largest canals. The two hour return trip cost 40 INR per person each way.
    • The Chakra is a large, covered longboat filled with plush chairs. They vary in size from comfortably seating 6 people to maybe 20+ people. It will cost upto 300 INR.
    • Canoe for 150 INR for a 2 hour tour of the backwaters is a good option with a personal oarsman who will take you though smallest canals.
  20. Where can we enjoy the Kathakali performance in Alleppey?

    A daily performance at 7 p.m. at 200 INR is done in Temple View Arts and Kathakali Centre Opp Udupi Sreekrishna Temple.

  21. When does Snake Boat Race happen in Alleppey? What’s so special about it?

    The Nehru Trophy Boat Race takes place on the second Saturday of August every year. On the day of this fiercely fought boat race, the tranquil lake front is transformed into a sea of humanity with an estimated two lakh people, including tourists from abroad for watching it. For the people of each village in Kuttanad, a victory at this race for their village boat is something to be celebrated for months to come.