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What You Should Know More About Alleppey

  • About the destination

    Alppuzha which is still more romantically famous as Alleppey is the hub of resplendent backwaters of Kerala. Despite being relatively small in size, it is indeed one of the best tourist spots of Kerala. The reason for a massive footfall isn’t hard to fathom especially for people who have witnessed this flawless beauty. This city is a home to over thousand houseboats and a robust network of waterways. One of the best things to do in Alleppey is to board any of those magnificent houseboats and go on a cruise to experience sheer pleasure and romance.

    Accredited to its modest grid of canals and backwaters, Alleppey is often regarded as the ‘Venice of the East’.

    Its lush green surroundings fade into a watery world of houseboats, villages, toddy shops and punted canoes.  

    Distinctively famous for its wellness therapies that include Ayurvedic spas and massages, Alleppey has several spas and ayurvedic massage centers that use medicinal herbal ingredients to treat people. A day here at one of these spas will work wonders on your mind, body and soul by helping you get rid of all the stress and tensions of everyday life. With several things to do and a great deal to explore, Alppuzha is definitely one of the best places in Kerala to enjoy bliss and serenity.


  • Travel Advice

    • The crime rate and violence is low in Kerala however petty theft can be a problem especially for the tourists. It is best to keep the valuables and excess cash in the hotel safe. 
    • Never flash large amount of cash in public. Try and be discreet when you take out your wallet or purse. Maintaining a low profile and common sense are your best defense to keep pickpockets at bay. 
    • Steer clear of any drug related situations. 
    • Know the traffic rules when you rent a self drive car. 
    • Stay alert and keep wary of the men who offer to be your guide. This is one common scam across India. If you really need a tour guide, you can approach some reputable tour agency. 
    • Keep touts at bay.
    • Locals of Alleppey are friendly but remember there are no free lunches in this world. So, never accept anything that you don’t wish to pay for. Also, you must never give in to the pressure of paying for a service that you don’t need. 
    • Be informed and know where you want to go to. Keep your GPS active as the taxi drivers here may take advantage of you. Use prepaid taxis if possible. Always agree on a fare before hiring a taxi.

  • Drinking Laws

    The legal age for consumption of liquor in Kerala is 21 years. However, the Kerala government has planned to put into action almost full ban on the hard liquor but in a phased manner. This prohibition may take a span of 10 years starting from the third quarter of 2014.

  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Alleppey Beach
    This is known throughout Kerala as one of the best beaches accredited to its intrinsic natural beauty. The beach’s celebrated history as a prominent port city is well depicted in its 137-year-old pie that stretches out to the sea. Beauty of this beach is further amplified by an ancient lighthouse, dense palm groves and a beautiful garden. Picnicking and relaxing at the beach are most common activities carried out by tourists here.

    Krishnapuram Palace
    Krishnapuram Palace was constructed in the 18th century by Raja Marthanda Varma Maharaja. Today the palace is an archeological museum that houses an exquisite range of antique sculptures and paintings. The palace is also famous for its architecture and mural paintings. You’ll have to pay an entry fee of INR 25 to visit this palace.

    Backwaters
    Alleppey’s Backwaters can be referred to as a mirage of what heaven might look on a serene day. The city has a very peculiar feature of having the water at the level of the land. Conclusively, the people who cruise on the backwaters get to closely observe the village life on the shore.

    Kuttanad
    Kuttanad is known as the ‘rice bowl of Kerala’. It is known for its green paddy fields. Adding to its beauty is the detailed network of the inland waterways that flow above the ground level.

    Ambalapuzha Temple
    The Ambalapuzha Temple is known as the Dwarka of the South. It is particularly famous for its exquisite mural paintings. You can plan a visit during the Ambalapuzha Temple Festival. Do try the Ambalapuzha Palpayasam which is a specialty here.

    Marari Beach
    The magnificent Marari beach is situated about 11 km from Alleppey. Its idyllic surroundings make it the most happening place to take a romantic stroll. The views of the beach during sunrise and sunset are simply breathtaking.

    Arthunkal Church
    It is an impressive shrine that was built by Portuguese. Dedicated to St. Sebastian the church is famous for its annual feast of St. Sebastian that is organized in January every year.

  • What you will like there?

    Locals/People
    Nowhere in the world, you’ll ever experience people friendlier than Alleppey. Believe me, there’s not even a bit of exaggeration here. It is not too often that locals willingly pose for pictures and help you without wanting anything in return.

    Lush greenery & stunning landscapes
    Alleppey is a land of coconuts and palm trees. You can spot them just about everywhere, as far as your gaze goes. Another exciting thing is the greenery of the Alleppey’s tea plantations. Backwaters of Alleppey are a surprising element not only in India but also globally.

    Culture
    Alleppey is particularly known for its rich culture and tradition. The traditional art forms of Alleppey include dance, martial arts, music and other related forms. Watching the green painted faces of Kathakali performers can be mesmerizing.

    Spices and their trade
    The convenient climatic conditions of Kerala make for the ideal conditions for the growing of the spices. Spices have played a pivotal role in Kerala’s history. Kerala today is one of the leading spice producing states of India. As a tourist, you must definitely visit the spice plantations in Alleppey to check out spices like black pepper and cloves growing.

    Food
    Kerala is about its spices and spicy food. Do try out the authentic South Indian cuisines in Alleppey.

    Diverse wildlife
    Alleppey is known for its diverse wildlife that is a rare escape to some of the endangered animal species. Some of animals that can be easily spotted in Kerala include the Bengal Tiger and elephants.

  • Recommended reads for destination

    Website : 
    Alleppey Tourism 

    Forum :
    Alleppey Travel Forum 

    Books Alleppey - Venice of the East - A Report (Laurie Baker Series, #5)

Listings in Alleppey