God has created innumerable wonders on earth. They are magical, mystical and enchanting. Once you are there, you will hardly want to vanish. Kerala is said to be God’s Own Country and that is why every corner of the state is drenched with beauty.
Alleppey is one of the most beautiful hotspots in Kerala, attracting tourists from all over the world. It bids adieu to them with some lifetime memories in their heart. It is a small town set in the Alappuzha district of Kerala and is the heart of the Kerala backwaters.
It is said that Lord Curzon in 20th century visited Alleppey and mesmerised by its charm, gave it the sobriquet of “Venice of the East”. It is a widely preferred honeymoon destination and perfect for picnicking and family holidays.
Tour to Alleppey involves lagoons, canals, backwater cruises on traditional house-boats called Kettuvallam. Varieties of birds come flocking to this backwater world of Kerala and offer ample opportunities for passionate ornithologists.
It was Diwan Raja Kesavadas, Ruler of Kerala till second half of 18th century who through his visionary mind, realised the strategic value of Alleppey and built a port. This marked the beginning of a modern transition in Alleppey.
Following are the main tourist attractions of Alleppey
Located about 4km away from the main town, this beach bustles with tourists, some picnicking while others taking a stroll on the sand. It is fenced by a 137-years-old pier and also has a beautiful lighthouse. Many popular South Indian movies have been shot here.
This is the longest lake in India and the largest in Kerala evolving as a widely preferred picnic spot. The entire network of canal and rivers pours itself in this lake. During Onam Festival, the lake comes to life with the enchanting snake boat race where hundreds of boatmen sit on one boat, making way through the water and singing in chorus.
Mullackal Rajarajeswari Temple
This is must visit destination in Alleppey, especially during the festival times. It is situated in the eye of the city and has Goddess Rajarajeswari as the presiding deity. Navratri festival is celebrated here with great amount of zeal and enthusiasm. During Mullackal Chirappu festival (November-December), the entire town is decorated and the festival lasts for 10 days.
Exploring backwaters on Kettuvallam
This is the best houseboat cruising location in entire region of Kerala. The backwater cruise on Kettuvallam completes the trip to Alleppey. These are traditional houseboats built of the wood from jack fruit and fastened through coir ropes. A coating of boiled cashew nut shell is done to protect it from water.
Interestingly, an authentic Kettuvallam do not have a single nail in it which raises the curiosity even more to see one and take a ride on it. You can book for lavish houseboats to stay in Alleppey.
You can book suites/deluxe rooms in Windsor castle, Pagoda Resorts, Citrus retreats and The World Backwaters, the popular hotels in Alleppey, for a comfortable stay.
Shopping in Alleppey
Do not miss to visit the two most famous markets namely Mullackal and Canal Bazaar. Popular items to purchase are spices, coir made decorative items and coconut shell products.
When to Reach
Avoid summer days as they can be really harsh. October-February is the ideal time to visit as the weather is cool and pleasant. Navratri Festival (September-October) is also a sought after time to visit.
How to Reach
Kochi International Airport is 90 km from the main town. Tourists can hire a cab or taxi to reach the destination. Alleppey Railway Station is linked to many major cities of India like Kolkata, Bengaluru, Kochi and Chennai. Buses are available to commute within the state, linking Alleppey with other cities.
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