Alleppey – a houseboat vacation in the tranquility of backwaters

Alleppey, also called Alappuzha, is one of the most serene and peaceful locations in the state of Kerala. Visiting the town in December end, or between January to March offers a lot to enjoy. In fact, this town is worth a visit throughout the year and it never ceases to amaze its guests. Read on.


Alleppey is a backwaters town in the state of Kerala. It is also known as Alappuzha. It is one of the best places in Kerala for the visitors to enjoy a tranquil and enjoyable stay. Hotels in Alleppey are thronged by the tourists throughout the year, although January to March is considered the best time to visit Alleppey. Hotels in Alleppey remain fully occupied in January and hence a prior booking is a pragmatic way to plan your journey to this place. It is a nice experience to visit a place that is more close to nature and its blessings. Alleppey is one such town in God’s Own Country. As soon as you see the western side of the town which has beaches and more of backwaters, you would not help yourself romanticizing about the beauty of the town. Alleppey is often called the Venice of the East, which to some extent is justifiable. But more than that it is a town that is one of the most charming places in Kerala. Houseboats, canoes, waterways and the small villages all around make its exquisiteness more diverse and the gifts of nature makes the town a must-visit place for everyone.


Alleppey Beach, the Mermaid’s Statue, and RKK Memorial Museum are some of the best attractions in Alleppey. A lighthouse on the coast is a marvellous structure that stands high and looks grand in the vastness of water. There is Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary stretched through a five hectare area is another site worth visiting. It is about 10 km ride from Alleppey town. It is home to domestic as well as migratory birds such as teal, osprey, egrets, and steppe eagle. People fond of birdwatching visit this place in the morning time. The annual Nehru Trophy boat race which is held on Punnamada Lake on the second saturday of August of each year is accessible from Alleppey. The ten days festival held in December in Alleppey is a treat to watch and it is known as mullackal chiraq. There are a number of temples in and around Alleppey. Some of them are Ambalapuzha Sri Krishna temple, Mannarasala temple, Mullakkal temple, etc.


Alleppey can be easily reached by air, train, or road. The closest airport to Alleppey is the Cochin International Airport, just 50 miles away. The town has its own Alappuzha Railway Station. NH 47 connects major Keralan cities to Alleppey. It is one of those few places where water transport is also available. National Waterway-3 goes through this town and it is the popular and fun way to reach Alleppey. Besides the popular places to visit in Alleppey, there are some activities too in which the visitors often engage for adventure and fun. Some of those are Kerala Kayaking, Elephant Camp at Punnamada Lake, backwaters cruise, etc. Explore Alleppey and its attractions with your family and friends and make it an unforgettable holiday experience this year.

Author Bio: 

Sandeep is an experienced travel writer and enthusiast blogger. He has explored many known and less-known tourist places in India in the last 10 years. His experience adds to his expert knowledge on the best hotels, different travel routes through trains, flights, and road. He also advises amateur tourists on travel tips on how to book flight and IRCTC Train Booking from one place to another in a smart way, where to look for the best accommodation and how to book them in advance, etc. He also specializes in off-beat places to eat and stay at.

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