Alleppey Backwaters : A Detailed Travel Guide - 2020

A promising vacation in the quaint and naturalistic paradise of Alleppey backwaters amidst an intricate network of azure lagoons, rivulets and numerous canals, traditional houseboats and vibrant culture will leave you amazed with memories to cherish forever.

Major attractions in Alleppey include Krishnapuram Palace, Alleppey Beach, Ambalapuzha Temple, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Snake Boat Race, St Andrew's Church, Pandavan Rock, Edathua Church, Chavara Bhavan and St Mary's Church. At some of these locations, boats dock at the junction and one can get down to view them.

 An enchanting destination in ‘God's Own Country’ Kerala, with a labyrinth of backwater streams, interconnected canals and splendid natural grandeur, Alleppey is justly called the ‘Venice of the East’ and is a true paradise for nature lovers, photo fanatics and wanderers.

From sunset viewing, bird watching, stargazing, visiting villages and witnessing the everyday life of the farmers and fishermen to seeing the various regions that specialize in the manufacturing of certain products like toddy, coir and unique handicrafts, Alleppey backwaters is one of the most pleasant experiences to have once in a lifetime.

Things to Keep in Mind

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Best time To Visit Alleppey Backwaters

Best time To Visit Alleppey Backwaters
The weather remains pleasant and salubrious round the year, making it an ideal environment for nature lovers to enjoy the azure backwaters, sun-dried beaches, sky-blue lagoons and lively shores of Alleppey.

The best time to visit however is between October and February when the weather is very attractive and enjoyable for exploring the magnificence of nature and indulging in the largest and the most striking stretches of backwaters in India.

The temperature during the day hovers between 17°C to 30°C and the average temperature during the night is 21°C. The clear skies and the pleasant breezy atmosphere allows travellers to explore the city and its attractions, and the waterways facilitate houseboat rides on the Alleppey backwaters around this time of the year.
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What is Unique About Backwaters in Kerala

What is Unique About Backwaters in Kerala
Thousands of tourists are lured to Alleppey because of its backwaters and houseboats that heavily overshadow all other major attractions of this southern coastal city. If you are looking for a long blissful holiday away from the maddening crowd of the city, what could be better than cruising along a Kettuvallam or houseboat on the pristine waterways of Alleppey, while gliding through paddy fields, coconut groves, quacking ducks, Chinese fishing nets, villages, and temples on both sides.

The primary attraction of the Alleppey backwaters is the overnight expedition in the famous Kerala houseboats that are as snug as any hotel room, at times even more luxurious. The beautifully crafted houseboats come in varied forms and you can unwind, relish local seafood, enjoy the picturesque sunset in the balcony of the boat and have an unimaginable time.

The houseboats are manned by a trained chef who provides you delicious meals made using locally sourced ingredients, a tour guide who keeps you posted of all the major landmarks you pass through and an oarsman who makes sure you have a wonderful time cruising along the serene backwaters.

Take pleasure in the mesmerizing beauty of Kerala, with perfect background staring a stunning blend of greenery and blue water and revel in the natural exquisiteness by indulging in the exhilarating Alleppey backwaters. As it sails through, you can experience the diverse ecosystem of the terrain and the lake, and the moment you step aboard, you feel at home on the houseboat.

A floating vacation on these serene backwaters can be the perfect idea of a dream honeymoon or vacation.
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Food at Backwaters

Food at Backwaters

Being a popular tourist destination, Alleppey has several eating options offering diverse, refreshing and tasty Udupi style dishes and mouth-watering seafood. You can relish freshly caught and fried fish, Fried Roe Curry, Ghee Roast Dosa, Malayalee Parotha, Appams, Cashew Upkari, Kane or Lady Fish, Ole Bella Pathal Bakri and other grill specialities when stationed at Alleppey backwaters.

Also, try Rice wine and ‘Toddy’ which is a locally fermented alcoholic beverage made from a palm tree and coconut palms. Gorge on delectable crabs, prawns, lobsters, squid and other delicacies.

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How to Reach Backwaters from Alleppey Bus Station

How to Reach Backwaters from Alleppey Bus Station

Travelling within Alleppey is hassle-free, thanks to an efficient local bus network, auto rickshaws and taxis. Most of the attractions in Alleppey are easily accessible by foot. It takes less than ten minutes to travel from Alleppey bus station to the beautiful Alleppey backwaters, with the approximate driving distance between the two is 3 km.

There are frequent enough timings throughout the day that you can just show up to the bus station and board a bus leading up to your trip to Kumarakom, that leaves within the next half hour.

Things to Do in Alleppey Backwaters

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Stay in a Houseboat

Stay in a Houseboat
If you are the one who chooses great experience over money, this is your best deal. Of course, there are some budget-friendly options like the ferries to see the same sights, but with a herd in the commotion and a low vibe. That’s the difference. Houseboats offer you a customized palate with everything you want and just how you want. That’s how the finest things are.

So, just in case you are coming to the Alleppey backwaters seeking leisure and luxury, book a houseboat and done. Sit back and just enjoy the view, good food, and chit chats while your houseboat operators take care of everything else.
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Rejuvenate Your Body With Ayurveda & Spa

Rejuvenate Your Body With Ayurveda & Spa
Tired urban city folks, it’s time to take care and pamper yourself. Kerala boasts of its Ayurveda being strong! Well, it’s quite true as many of the celebs take a work-off and land here to revive. A fact states that the therapies and massages if given in a well-prescribed way treat chronic illness as well.

Moreover, there are vivid options to choose from to pick specific customized spa and therapy. If not sick then too you can just relax and give a good time to your head and soul at Alleppey backwaters. 
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Treat Yourself With the Wonderful Food

Treat Yourself With the Wonderful Food
The south Indian cuisines are at the next level, with a taste to savor. No, it’s not just about the fried banana chips you commonly binge on. But the word goes that everything edible shall have some essence of coconut.

Some delicacies you must try our fish curry, chickpea curry, shrimps and chicken dishes. Other than that there are several other kinds of snacks to try. Needless to say, eat Dosa!
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Witness the Beautiful Sunset View at Pozhiyoram

Witness the Beautiful Sunset View at Pozhiyoram

Call for all the photographers, artists, and nature folks. Watch the sun blazing politely, in red and orange and then sinking in the sea. A beach and sunset view is like pizza topped with cheese, sounds so satisfying.

Reach here on time or spend a day on this beach rolling in the sand and fighting the waves. Do not miss the view at any cost.

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Learn the Special Art of Kalaripayattu

Learn the Special Art of Kalaripayattu
Time for some action! Kalaripayattu is one of the oldest forms of martial arts, recognized worldwide. The training starts with a subtle massage to ease down the person. The basics include coordination of mind and body and when you master this, weapons are handed to you under the supervision of experts.

Get set to fight the swords, daggers, spears, maces, and bows and arrows! 
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Delve into Spirituality & Religion

Delve into Spirituality & Religion

Irrespective of whether or not you are a believer/ theist, there are some beautiful religious centers you must go and visit. St. Mary’s Forane Church is one of the oldest church of India attracting tourists from a long time now. The house of Lord Krishna, Ambalapuzha Temple is another locale you must visit, to witness the flawless architecture here.

The god’s own country is stocked with such institutions hence, giving justice to its name.

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Enjoy Shopping at the Floating Triveni

Enjoy Shopping at the Floating Triveni

What a sight would it be, where people buy as they swing their oars. So, your floating supermarket can be recognized as a red and white chequered boat. In case you are wondering what all can you actually buy, literally everything!

Right from grocery to 
electronics, everything is stocked in these boats. An attraction not only for the tourists, but this market is also a boon for the villagers as the prices vary and are low compared to the city markets.

Houseboats in Alleppey Backwaters

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Angel Queen Houseboats

Angel Queen Houseboats

One of the most popular Alleppey backwaters services, Angel Queen Houseboats offers a fulfilling houseboat experience incorporating tasty Kerala culinary delights. You can explore the celestial beauty of Kerala and enjoy, relax, and visit the different aspects of the backwaters.

The houseboat service provides multiple customized packages and drops anchor at multiple places, where you can alight and visit the local sightseeing attractions. 
Alleppey houseboat is equipped with all modern conveniences and comforts to make your stay a pleasant experience.

Guests can simply unwind and enjoy their pleasant stay while travelling to the mystical inland villages of Kerala and exploring the sparkling waterways.

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Casablanca Houseboat

Casablanca Houseboat

Casablanca Houseboat features accommodation with 3 bedrooms, a living room, 3 bathrooms and a well-equipped kitchen. There is also a seating area where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the awe-inspiring sights of the Punnamada backwater destination of Alleppey and the ensuing scenic beaches, tropical climate and exotic culture and food.

An Asian breakfast is available for guests every morning at the boat. The service offers a host of travel and accommodation services in Kerala including Alleppey boat house stay or traditional Indian homestays as per your requirements and travel arrangements between destinations as well as visits to ancient temples in the region and bespoke packaged holidays for individuals and groups.

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Johnson's Eco Houseboats

Johnson's Eco Houseboats

These luxury Alleppey houseboats have been the premier houseboat service from a long time providing a diverse and scenic backdrop of this enchanting region.  Of the squadron of boats belonging to Johnson’s Eco Houseboats, the ‘Only in Alappuzha’ riceboat is the most popular houseboat for joyous and romantic expeditions and features an environment-friendly design.

Marvel at the serene backwaters and delightful canals of Alleppey and cruise past ancient fishing towns and lush green landscapes aboard these comfortable houseboats. Feel at home and enjoy the comforts of a fully equipped house as you set sail along the region's pristine backwaters.

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Grandeur Houseboats

Grandeur Houseboats

Grandeur Houseboats are one of the best Alleppey houseboats that allow guests to explore Kerala in an altogether different way. Sailing on the magical backwaters, they offer a striking blend of charm and tranquillity, with a unique emphasis on customer service and an orientation towards service quality. Rooms in their houseboats vary from one to six bedrooms.

Superior accommodation facilities with fully equipped bath-attached guest rooms, lounge, kitchen, oarsmen, personal chef and tour guides are characteristic of these dream floating homes. You can disembark at the scenic pit-stops to traverse the local villages and their culture, which complements the natural grandeur of this region.

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Riverland Houseboats

Riverland Houseboats

Boasting some amazing lake views, Riverland House Boat is one of the modern houseboats, equipped with all the comforts of a good hotel room like cosily furnished rooms, a kitchen and a balcony for angling. A perfect place to unwind with its laidback canals and lush greenery flanked by coconut trees can be enjoyed from a houseboat.

You can also enjoy a continental breakfast at the premises while relishing the delectable local cuisine of the region. A smooth slide in a Kettuvallam or houseboat through the enchanting backwaters of Alleppey, palm-dotted narrow canals winding through the vast stretch of paddy fields and the pristine tiny hamlets lined up along either side of the canals, is sure to leave you mesmerized.

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Lake Park Cruises

Lake Park Cruises

Still looking to explore the exquisite state of Kerala and a great deal of luxury muddled with natural beauty accompanying it, go ahead and book one of the packages on this houseboat to get the true traditional feel of the state. Located amidst the scenic Alleppey backwaters, this cruise service provides self-catering options and features a fully-equipped kitchen and attached bathrooms.

The cruises are splendidly decorated and are replete with all the modern amenities for your comfortable and convenient stay. If you are looking for airport transfers, currency exchange or require a car for sightseeing across the city, you can approach their skilled and experienced crew who provide you with the best of all the facilities, while you get a closer look at the village life on shore.

Resorts in Alleppey Backwaters

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Deshadan Backwater Resort

Deshadan Backwater Resort

Get the thrill of a long-lasting backwaters experience and cordial hospitality as you stay at the Deshadan Backwater Resort, situated on the bank of Vembanad Lake amidst the picturesque countryside landscape. The resort features an indoor swimming pool along with spacious rooms that are equipped with swanky furnishings.

Guests can enjoy fishing and boating activities, or request for massage services at their in-house wellness and spa 
centre. The restaurant at the property serves South Indian, Indian and Chinese cuisines including delectable local cuisines of the land like Karimeen, Kappa and today. 

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Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere

Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere

Wake up to the ebb and flow of extravagant backwaters of Vayalar near Kumarakom, and view the glorious sunrise caressed by cool winds in the morning as you enjoy your stay at this opulent resort. Choose from Indian, European, Oriental and Mediterranean dishes at the in-house restaurant or enjoy a drink from Zephyr poolside cafe and bar.

The rooms at the resort are splendidly decorated and are replete with all the modern amenities for your comfortable and convenient stay. The hotel also offers spa for Ayurvedic therapies, western and oriental treatments, private Jacuzzi, airport transfers and sightseeing tours across the city.
 

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Haveli Backwater Resort

Haveli Backwater Resort

Soak in the luxurious living and warmth of Kerala and allow gentle currents of culture to immerse you in the true essence of the Alleppey backwaters. From exciting water sports, play areas for children, traditional Ayurvedic massage to sightseeing trips down the waterways of Alleppey, the Haveli Backwater Resort has something for everyone.

A true natural treasure house, visually delightful with the blue of the lake and the green of the palms and vegetation, brimmed with the aquatic life and local villages busy in everyday chores; the resort 
enthrals tourists with its remarkable service.

During your stay, you get to enjoy an authentic tropical feast, including steaming 
freshly cooked rice, curries with locally grown organic vegetables, Pearl Spot (Karimeen) fry, the starchy Cassava (Tapioca) and fish curry.

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Riverine Backwater Resort

Riverine Backwater Resort

The Riverine Backwater Resort offers opulent houseboats for your business and pleasure travel so that you can float in your hotel suite where and when you want to and dream about waking up to a new backwater view every morning.

Riverine Cruises owns a fleet of 5 houseboats and is among the most professionally operated deluxe Alleppey houseboats, making sure that you have a memorable backwater holiday. The ambience and easy accessibility of the houseboat makes it a suitable option for
a variety of travellers. Family and couple particularly like to stay here and enjoy its relaxed environment.

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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
Suitable for kids and adults, No-worries this activity suitable for beginners too as the instructor was there to guide you
Would definitely use this again the next time, the transport was good and the driver was professional and knowledgable and as well as well known about the route of the place. We had a great journey and sightseeing in 5-hours.
This package is fulfilling, this is a lifetime expereince, My family were happy with this coz its fills with joy
A must-do activity when you are at Alleppey, nice warm-welcome with a welcome-drink, can't express the experience because it's huge
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.
Great service, the car was comfortable and well-maintained, The driver was skillful and droved us with care the entire trip.
Kerla has been the place where i had the best vacation. I stayed at the resort and explored all the top attractions of the destination. I had known this place is a charm but thrillophilia great deals made me come and experience it on my own. They have a smooth 2 or 3 step booking process for any package. Very Easy to book with instant booking vochers along with huge discounts as compared to market rate. Very Satisfied.

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