Kerala is a paradise dear to God, endowed with bounties of nature galore. Kerala is situated in the Malabar Coast of southwestern India. This gorgeous piece of land is nestled between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. Virgin beaches, enchanting hill stations, winding backwaters, exotic wildlife and suave art forms – the attractions that Kerala offers are numerous.
Alleppey also was known as Alappuzha is one of the important destinations of Kerala. Alleppey is famous for its beach, backwaters, boat races, houseboats, coir products, fish and lakes.
Alleppey Beach is one of the more popular spots that lure tourist to Alleppey town. The beach is long and sandy with dense coconut tree groves on one end and an ancient towering Light House at the other end. It homes a beautiful garden. In the bylanes near to beach are imposing buildings of lingering colonial echo. There is a pier which extends into the sea which is about one hundred and fifty years old. For the entertainment of visitors, there is Vijaya park and Sea View Park with various recreational options.
Backwater which is an exclusive phenomenon of Kerala is another attraction Alleppey is endowed with. The complex network formed of canal and inlets which are manmade and natural, branches of rivers and lakes is known as backwaters. The shores of Alleppey backwaters is dotted with churches, colonial monuments, dwellings, coconut trees, verdant vegetation and bustling activities of life – both urban and rural. The backwaters are adorned by various water flowers. Cruises along the backwaters savouring these landscapes are remarkable episodes. A boat trip from Alleppey to Kottayam will let you glimpse a slice of life of the distinct character.
Houseboats which are now the icons of backwater tourism is the other prominent attraction of Alleppey. Houseboats are modern day luxurious havens modelled on “ Kettuvallams of yesteryears. They are adjoined with generators and provide for air conditioning. There are sleeping spaces and dining space provided and a sit out also is there which is open on all sides allowing guests to savour the setting. Although Houseboats are motorized, they are run at a leisurely pace.
During August and September, in the adjacent days of Onam, a number of boat races are conducted in the backwaters of Alleppey. The most renowned is Nehru Trophy boat race happening in Punnamada Lake. Various boats used for racing like Chundan, Churulan, Veppu, Iruttukuthi etc are visual delights with attractive designs. Kuttanad is a region of imminence. It is a place where paddy cultivation takes place below sea level.
Alleppey tourist places
Often referred to as Alappuzha, Alleppey is one of the popular destinations in God’s abode Kerala popularly called ‘Venice of the East’ gather a large number of visitors from every nook and corner of the world all the year round. Well if you are travelling in the green city Kerala and looking for a place with natural virgin attractions then must visit Alleppey, a place that promises a great holidaying experience. Whatever are you planning for whether honeymooning with your beloved or simply wish to spend a great time under the lap of mother-nature, you will soon find several thrilling activities as well experience to observe in this place? Considered to be the oldest planned town, it is one of the stunning towns in Alappuzha district that really needs your attention.
Though this place is gifted with innumerable attractions and no doubt that all the Alleppey tourist attractions are wonderful but if there is any single thing that one must explore once in a lifetime then its stunning and exclusive backwaters. Several rivers, lakes, inlets and lagoons merge up together and form the stunning backwaters that can be well explored through houseboats cater almost every facility as like any five-star hotels and resorts. Sun-deck, lounge, kitchenette, bath-attached room and etc are the few facilities that one can find in well-organized houseboats.
Along with its scenic backwaters, it is also famous for national snake boat race which is yearly held in the memory of Indian former and first Prime Minister Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru gathers a large number of visitors from across the world, throughout the year. Along with innumerable stunning tourist places in Alleppey, national snake boat race has also become the prime attractions fascinates tourist from every nook and corner of the world, throughout the year. To be the part of this cultural event you can visit there in the month of August and September during the harvest season.
Well if you are a beach lover and looking for stunning beach destination then also it would be the finest place to get in. Encircled with lush greenery and excellent topography, there is something special about Alleppey beach that persuades tourist visit to visit there in great numbers. Apart from admiring its scenic beauty you can do participate in several fun-filled activities like swimming, surfing, sunbathing and fishing. It is one such place where there is no dearth of attractions and enjoyment any more.
Besides backwaters and beaches, you can also explore many other attractions of tourist interest. Mullackal Bhagavathi Temple, Punnamada Lake, Paithiramanal, Sri Krishna temple, karumadi, Arthinkal, Punnapra, Mannarasala and etc are the few prominent Alleppey tourist places that one must explore once in a lifetime span. This stunning place can be easily accessed as it is well connected with road, rail and air. Apart from you will find there so many hotels which are well-associated with excellent facilities.
How to Reach Alleppey?
Alleppey the major backwater town is easily accessible by the roadways, airways and railways. Kochi is the nearest airport located at a distance of 54 km and international airport Trivandrum is located at a distance of 154 km. Alleppey is easily accessible by railway as the Alleppey railways are located 5 km away from the central bus stand. The national highway 47 passes through Alleppey which makes it’s easily accessible from all cities, state and towns of India.