Alleppey is also called Venice of the east because the city is located on the banks of Vembanad Lake. The city’s commercial area lies in a muddle of canals. This beautiful city is set in the labyrinth of backwater channels. This city is famous for picture book lakesides, mirror still lagoons and palm fringed canals. It offers tranquility and peace as well as best gateway to experience the unspoiled countryside. It is well known for its spectacular snake boat races. This town is founded by Divan of Travanacore, Raja Keshawadasan in the year 1762. The huge networks of canals, lagoons and lakes are the lifeline of the city.
The backwaters of the city act as vital waterway for the transport of people and goods. This provides opportunity to get a closer look of the village life on shoreline while on a backwater ride. A glide in houseboat through the enchanting backwaters of the city is sure to rob the heart. Tourists can see the panoramic sights of palm fringed narrow canals, vast expanse of paddy fields as well as neat tiny hamlets while ride. Tourists from all over world come here to experience impressive natural beauty. It is hot honeymoon destination as well as perfect place to spot wildlife.
Major tourist attractions
Alleppey beach is also known as Alappuzha beach. This beautiful beach contrasts with colors of the water that makes it truly picturesque location. Large network of lakes, Arabian Sea to west, nearby several freshwater rivers and lagoons, make the beach picture perfect postcard. 137 years old, filled pier is located here.
Krishnapuram palace was built by a Travancore king in the 18th century. this two story building is best example of traditional Kerala architecture with dormer windows, narrow corridors and gabled roofs. This palace is particularly well known for its mural paintings and biggest mural painting of Kerala is located here. now this palace is converted in museum and houses antique sculptures, item made out of bronzes and priceless paintings.
Backwaters of Kumarakom are formed by various canals and lagoons. Tourists can enjoy ride through backwaters by staying in houseboat. These houseboats contain bedroom, living room, bathroom, deck and kitchen. Tourists can see hidden treasures of this virgin land like rare wildlife and evergreen flora, while ride.
Ambalapuza temple is built by rulers of the Chembakassery Devanarayana dynasty in the 15th century. This temple is dedicated to lord Krishna and is famous for the milk porridge. The temple is best example of traditional Kerala architecture.
Houseboats are popular way to experience the entire area. These houseboats allow tourists to see scenic manmade islands, beautiful sights of paddy fields and coconut fringed backwaters. These houseboats are equipped with all modern luxurious amenities.
Pathiramannal is Small Island and paradise for birdwatchers. This place is home to hundreds of migratory birds. Tourists can spot here birds like kingfishers, golden backed woodpeckers, paradise fly catchers, night herons, bulbuls, shrikes and many more.
Alleppey is coastal area and climate is humid for the entire year. Monsoons here are accompanied with heavy rain showers. Summers are humid and dry with maximum 40 centigrade temperature. Winters are pleasant with temperature between 20 centigrade to 30 centigrade. This is ideal period for houseboat vacations, backwater explorations, and honeymooning as well as beach activities.
Best time to visit
Except monsoon, tourists can visit this place in any season. But best time to visit this beautiful land is from December to February because of cool and moderate temperature. This season is best for sightseeing and backwater rowing. This place also held many festival and celebrations during this period.
How To Get There - Alleppey (Alappuzha)
By road – Alleppey is district place and is well connected with daily bus services with major cities of the state of the Kerala.
By rail – Kochi is nearest railway station to reach Alleppey by rail at a distance of 65b kilometers. Kochi is major railway station of the south India and well connected by regular trains with rest of the nation.
By air – to reach this town by flight, Kochi is nearest railway station at a distance of 65 kilometers. Kochi is important airport and offers daily flights to cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and many more. There are frequent bus services to Alleppey.