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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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kerala is about its spices and spicy food. Do try out the authentic South Indian cuisines in Alleppey.
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.
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The best time to visit Alleppey is mentioned below:
with temperatures rarely crossing 35 degree Celsius are the best months to visit
time to visit. In the month of August, the famous Nehru Boat Race is held with
great vigor and excitement and could provide a very unique yet spectacular view
Alleppey is 75 km from Kochi (Cochin) and 155 km from Trivandrum. It is
well connected by air, train, and road.
By Air: Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 75 km. It
Is well connected to all major cities in India and abroad.
By Train: The Alleppey Railway Station lies within the city limits and is well
connected to Cochin and Trivandrum.
By Road: It is accessible by National Highway 47 via Ambalapuzha and
Cherthala cities. Kerala State Transport Corporation runs daily buses connecting
it to all cities in Kerala.
Alleppey is a quaint beautiful town with many sights for nature
Resorts in Alleppey are simply an extension of the breath taking
picturesque backwaters of Kerala.
Kerala food is a gastronomic delight and some of the best places
To eat local food are:
Different modes of public transport in Alleppey are
The best shopping places in Alleppey are
There are many houseboat cruises but a list of some of the best are
The prices will vary depending on the season.
Several different categories of houseboat cruises are available.
Yes, they are equipped with life jackets and other safety measures. The
monsoon are a great time for a house boat cruise as the landscape is exceptionally
stunning with greenery all around. However, it is advised to take measures against
mosquitoes during this season.
A 3 member crew of Captain, Oarsman, and Cook accompany the guest.
The exotic backwaters and inland waterways in and around Alleppey provide
for some of the most romantic moments.
Approximately 3-4 days are sufficient to see Alleppey and visit nearby places. It won’t take longer.
The most famous beaches in Alleppey are
Kerala massage is famous for its therapeutic and rejuvenating experiences for body and soul.
The best cruise is Alappuzha-Kumarakom cruise which allows travelers to check in Kumarakom and check out at Alappuzha or vice versa at a nominal additional charge. Tourists can enjoy the beauty of both backwaters.While in Kumarakom, you may have a glimpse of all luxury resorts and bird sanctuary while on cruise and can travel in less traffic. The longest house boat cruise in Kerala, Alapuzha-Kollam is a charming experience.
For backpackers and travelers with a limited budget, there are other options to explore the backwaters
A daily performance at 7 p.m. at 200 INR is done in Temple View Arts and Kathakali Centre Opp Udupi Sreekrishna Temple.
The Nehru Trophy Boat Race takes place on the second Saturday of August every year. On the day of this fiercely fought boat race, the tranquil lake front is transformed into a sea of humanity with an estimated two lakh people, including tourists from abroad for watching it. For the people of each village in Kuttanad, a victory at this race for their village boat is something to be celebrated for months to come.