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  • There is a diversity among the many places to visit in Alleppey, from the rewarding sight of the sea to the wriggling inlets of backwaters and jungle streams- No wonder Alleppey was called the “Venice of the east” by Lord Curzon. The concept of houseboats which is locally called Kettuvallam in Malayalam is a primitive practice in Kerala. 

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    Located around 53 kilometers from Cochin, the town is celebrated for its backwaters which connect Cochin and Kumarakom to the North. Besides backwaters and the sea, Alleppey is also famous for its ageless temples, serpentine canals draining into the ocean, colorful lagoons, rice paddies, and a 150-year old lighthouse.  While you are soaking up the laid-back coastal bliss, do try to visit the famous Andhakaranazhi Beach- the beauty gets amplified during sunset hours.

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    The floating ground to the crowd-pulling houseboats is none other than the longest lake in India- Vembanad lake. The tour of Vembanad lake is mostly coupled with Pallippuram island which is a picturesque petite land in the middle of the lake. Alleppey is just more than backwaters and the beaches, it has a history that is worth learning about. A trip to this coastal paradise is total bliss.


    Here are some of the best places to visit in Alleppey:

  • 01Kuttanad Backwaters

    Kuttanad Backwaters
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    Consisting of shimmering waterways, canals, lakes, rivers, and rivulets, Kuttanad is a beautiful tropical region in the state of Kerala, surrounded by the sea and the hills and offers a beautiful scenic vista to its guests. Talking about tourism in this region, Kuttanad is considered to be the backwaters paradise of India where backwater cruising is concerned. 

    Kuttanad’s geographical peculiarities along with its paddy fields are what make it edgy and interesting. The vast stretches of paddy fields are beautifully and enchantingly interlaced by backwaters, providing incredible sights. Here, four major rivers – Meechil, Achankovil, Pampa and Manimala flow, making this region a hub for travelers who like natural beauty and the swaying of coconut trees.

    One of the best things to do in Alleppey is to visit these backwaters and enjoy the swish of winds and trees. This is one of the best Alappuzha tourist places, which must be explored by Epicureans who wish to have the taste of rustic, indigenous Indian foods and spices.

    Location: 
    Kuttanad Taluk, Kerala.

  • 02St. Mary's Forane Church

    St. Mary's Forane Church

    This beautiful church traces its existence back to 835 AD and is known for its events, Friday Liturgy and educational institutions. Currently, the church is a world-renowned center of pilgrimage, where one can know more about the culture and lifestyle of the Christians.

    This is one of the biggest churches and parishes of the Archeparchy of Changanassery. Currently, the church is known for housing 2500 families and is one of those Alleppey tourist places that are popularly visited by the masses. 
    The church organizes two feasts or festivals every year. The first one of them is St. Mary’s Feast. Since the church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, hence every year on the third Sunday of September, a feast is organized by the Church. People visit the church on this day and participate in the festival wearing special costumes for the procession and mass.

    The other feast celebrated here is St. Sebastian’s Feast.
    Fireworks and other dazzling display of colors make this feast remarkable, interesting and fun. The gorgeous decorations, feast and regal look of the church make it one of the best places to visit in Alleppey.

    Location: 
    Champakulam, Alappuzha.

    Timings: 
    6 AM to 8 PM

    Entry fee:
    None.

  • 03Krishnapuram Palace

    Krishnapuram Palace

    This is one of the best Alappuzha tourist places for those who wish to gain an insight about the culture, lives and times of the people of South India. Spending a day at this palace is certainly one of the best things to do, guaranteeing rejuvenation of mind, body, and soul. Krishnapuram is a museum and palace of South India, the history of which can be traced back to the 18th century.

    Its architectural style consists of narrow corridors and dormer windows along with the gabled roof and other areas, which is reminiscent of the classic architecture of South India. 
    Currently, the palace is maintained and run by the Archaeological Department of Kerala and therefore, the palace has been converted into the museum.

    History enthusiasts and explorers will love this palace and its exhibits that originally belong to the Maharaja Marthanda Varma.

    Location: 
    Dist, Kayamkulam, Oachira Rd, Near, Krishnapuram, Kerala 690533

    Timings: 9 AM to 1 PM & 2 PM to 4:30 PM

    Entry fee: None.

  • 04Alleppey Beach

    Alleppey Beach
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    Glistening sands, crystal clear water, beautiful waves, enchanting sunrise, and sunset is what makes the Alleppey or the Alappuzha beach one of the best places to visit in Alleppey. This stunningly beautiful beach is known for its vast, endless stretches, thereby proving as a getaway for couples as well as families. 

    The remains of Alappuzha Sea Bridge also make it one of the most popular destinations for explorers, narrating the tales of those times when Alleppey was one of the most famous and important port destinations in the state of Kerala. 
    The beach has beautiful stretches, making the visit to this beach quite ecstatic and enjoyable. 

    The beach is also close to Sea View Park, which offers an opportunity to enjoy and have fun through different types of boat rides. A picnic spot is located close-by, therefore families can enjoy a day off at the beach and picnic at that spot. 
    The beach is often referred to as the ‘Venice of the East,’ because of its romantic location and popularity among European countries.

    Location: Alappuzha 688007

    Timings: All day.

    Entry fee: None.

  • 05St. Andrew's Basilica Arthunkal

    St. Andrew's Basilica Arthunkal

    Alleppey is the coastal paradise and a popular tourist destination in Kerala. Tourists who prefer to stay in Alleppey and explore can visit Arthunkal, 21 km away from the city towards the north. Arthunkal is a developing satellite town which is also one of Kerala’s major pilgrimage spot. 

    Most have heard of the famous Arthunkal Perunnal festival, the ten days annual festival of St Sebastian’s Church, the local Christian Pilgrimage Centre which is celebrated in January every year. Many pilgrims flock to the town during the festival, especially on the feast days. A quick visit to this colonial church can take you back to the Portuguese era.

    Location: 
    Arthunkal, Cherthala South, Kerala 688530

    Timings: 5 AM to 9:30 PM

    Entry fee: None.

  • 06Karumadi

    Karumadi
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    A village situated just a few kilometers from Alappuzha or Alleppey, Karumady or Karumadi is one of the amazing Alappuzha tourist places that explorers would love. The place plays a pivotal role in the history and development of Buddhism as a religion and is perhaps best known for the black granite statue of Sri Buddha. 

    What makes this statue even more alluring is the fact that the left-hand side of this Sri Buddha Statue is missing.
     Several travelers, especially the ones who are gravely ill or have someone who is ill, come to this village and touch the feet of this Lord Buddha statue because is believed that the statue has healing powers which can be directly transferred to the healer or the victim. 

    The place also has a wide range of local restaurants that any epicurean would love to try because of the use of indigenous spices and wide availability of different South Indian dishes and cuisines.

    Location: 
    Alappuzha District, Karumadi, Kerala 688562

    Timings:
    9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

    Entry fee:
    None.

  • 07Marari Beach

    Marari Beach
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    If you want to unwind completely, then the Marari Beach is a must-visit destination for you. The sleepy little village located close to Marari Beach is what makes this beach distinct and attractive, inviting people from all over the world to learn and understand the culture of the Indian state of Kerala. 

    This beautiful destination is known for being a beach symphony, thanks to its glistening sands and crystal clear waters. Watching sunrise and sunset here is quite a romantic experience that couples would love to enjoy. The place is rated as one of the World’s Top five Hammock Beaches by the National Geographic Survey. 

    Marari Beach is known for providing unique experiences to travelers. Taking them away from modern life, this beach gives them an opportunity to unwind and to enjoy the different facets and bounties of life and nature. 
    The village by the sea is one of the best places to visit in Alleppey where one can go to learn more about the culture and heritage of Kerala.

    Location: 
    Alappuzha-Arthunkal- Cherthala, Thoppumpady road, Mararikulam, Alappuzha 688523

    Timings: All day.

    Entry fee: None.

  • 08Edathua Church

    Edathua Church

    This famous church is known for celebrating huge feasts during the month of May. The church is also popular for its Christian and non-Christian pilgrims. The Vicar of this Palli was Father Thoman Olakkapady. Currently, the church is located close to the Mahatma Gandhi University’s St. Aloysius College which is built and managed by the church.

    Since the church is located close to the below sea level area, therefore travelers can enjoy agricultural lands and rice farms that are seen separated through the rivers. 
    The environs here are enchanting, with mud levees being used for separating runs which are nothing less than a highway or street that one would find in New York. A massive shrine at Edathua is located close by. The shrine features architecture similar to that of the churches in Medieval Europe.

    The church itself was built in 1st century AD and is said to be built by St. Thomas himself, who was a disciple of Jesus Christ. 
    The annual feast that is celebrated here starts on the 27th of April and concludes on the 7th of May. The feast sees St. George carried out, decked in golden colored regalia. Special church prayers are sung and some of them even feature the Syrian dialect of Hebrew.

    Location: 
    Church Road, Edathua, Kuttanad Taluk, Kerala 689573

    Timings: 4 AM to 8 PM

    Entry fee: None.

  • 09Pandavan Rock

    Pandavan Rock
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    Deriving its name from the Pandavas in the epic Indian tale of Mahabharata, the Pandavan Rock is known for being one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. It is widely believed that this was the cave inside which the Pandavas stayed during the time of their exile. Currently, this beautiful rock serves as a backdrop for a picnic spot.

    Tourists are supposed to walk to the destination, but with family or friends, the walk becomes quite interesting and an incredible learning experience. Along the trails, travelers can easily enjoy the stunning views of hills and forests. During the walk, the popular Kallada Dam is also visible and people can take a small detour to enjoy the dam and these views. 

    Location: 
    Urukunnu, Alappuzha, India

    Timings: 6 AM to 10 PM

    Entry fee: None.

  • 10Pathiramanal

    Pathiramanal
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    Pathiramanal, which means “Sands of the Night”, is a small lake island located on the backwaters of Alappuzha in Lake Vembanad. It is a bird watcher’s paradise since it is supposed to hold approximately 91 local species of birds and 50 species of migratory birds. The location of the island is extremely scenic, making it a lovely space to observe birds and the water.

    It is also completely uninhabited so you don’t have to worry about the crowd and hawkers disrupting the beauty. However, because it is uninhabited and not a major tourist hotspot, you will find that it lacks the usual facilities that bring tourists to comfort like benches in order to sit, restrooms, and places to buy food from. Let this not be a distraction since the island is very small and can be toured within an hour, which means that you won’t necessarily be inconvenienced by the lack of facilities, especially if you go prepared.

    The ride across Lake Vembanad is lovely as is the experience of walking through the island. If you happen to visit in the right season, you will find yourself surrounded by the chirpy sounds of thousands of birds. This certainly makes for one of the places to visit in Alleppey.

    Location: 
    Alappuzha.

    Timings:
    6 AM to 6 PM

    Entry fee:
    None.

  • 11St. Andrew's Forane Church

    St. Andrew's Forane Church
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    Arthunkal St. Andrew's Forane Church, also known affectionately as just Arthunkal Church, is one of the most famous churches in Kerala and attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over the country. It is set on the shores of Alappuzha and the gentle echoes of the waves of the Arabian Sea pay a daily homage within its corridors.

    The Arthunkal Feast is celebrated for 11 days and is one of the times the Church really comes alive. For 11 days from 10th January to 21st January, the Church hums with devotees who have come from all over the country to celebrate the St Sebastian’s Feast. On the last day of the feast, as per a special ritual, devotees crawl from the nearby beach, which is 0.5 km away, all the way to the church.

    During this feast, people from all faiths converge to join in the festivities making it a jolly time to visit the city of Alappuzha.
     It is one of the oldest churches in Kerala and the solemn silence within its quiet building instills peace and good energies in visitors. 

    Location: 20 km from Alleppey, Alappuzha.

    Timings:
     6:00 AM to 6:30 PM

    Entry fee: None.

  • 12Vembanad Lake

    Vembanad Lake
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    This is one of the most beautiful Alappuzha tourist places that you absolutely cannot miss. Vembanad Lake is Kerala’s longest lake and is also among the largest in India. Several canals empty their water into the lake at several points along its wide expanse. Since it is a long lake, it covers many districts of Kerala and goes by different names in each district like Punnamada Lake in Kuttanad, Kochi Lake in Kochi. Many small islands dot its length. 

    Boating in this lake is a part of backwater trip in Kerala.
     The Kumarakom Tourist Village offers houseboat cruises and holiday packages which you can take advantage of and so have the best possible backwater boating experience on your trip. The lake is full of exciting possibilities- just imagine yourself floating on the lake early in the morning, sipping a hot cup of coffee and listening to the gentle lapping of the waves and chirping of birds. Now that is peace and happiness! 

    I
    f you get a chance to go to this place during August, you will be in luck. The Annual Snake Boat Race or Vallam Kali takes place at this time and is a major attraction. The sight is amazing, to say the least. Do plan a houseboat trip on the lake while planning your Kerala itinerary.

    Location: 
    Puthenangadi, Muhamma Panchayat, Alappuzha.

  • 13Ambalapuzha Temple

    Ambalapuzha Temple
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    Ambalapuzha Temple is one of the most rewarding places to visit in Alleppey. The temple is the oldest Krishna temples in Kerala and among the oldest in India too. The temple has a lovely, soothing ambiance which will calm you down and make you simply want to sit in the temple for hours on the end. Ambalapuzha Temple is also a favorite hangout spot of foreigners. And it deserves all the attention it gets.

    The inner sanctum is decorated with paintings of Sri Krishna and the other incarnations of Lord Vishnu. A large mandapam outside is a great place to sit and absorb the atmosphere of the temple. Because of its importance in the Vaishnava tradition, the temple is also popularly considered to be the “Dwarka of the South”, which is a great distinction to confer on a place.

    When in the temple, don’t forget to have the famed sweet milk porridge- Palpayasam. Visitors love this prasad and it is actually counted among the attractions of the temple. An annual festival takes place in the month of March or April and it draws a large crowd to the place. 

    Location:
    Ambalappuzha, 14 km from Alappuzha.

    Timings: 
    3 AM to 12 PM & 5: PM to 8 PM

    Entry fee: None.

  • 14Champakulam

    Champakulam
    Champakulam is a captivating rural set up on the banks of Pampa River in Alappuzha district, with lush greens paddy fields and coconut trees forming a perfect picturesque, lying amidst the rice bowl of Kerala. Champakulam Moolam Boat Race is the oldest tradition and a must to view in Kerala.

    If willing to move around visit the Champakulam Church which is one of the oldest churches in India.T his church has witnessed a lot of tourists in herds as well as various changes with time enhancing its heritage furthermore. Nearby this locale is a place that manufactures wooden statues of the Lord Christ and exports the same all across the globe.

    Location: Champakulam, Alappuzha.
  • 15Mannarasala Temple

    Mannarasala Temple
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    This is one of the unique places to visit in Alleppey. Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple, as the name suggests, is a temple devoted to snakes. In fact, it is actually an important place of worship for the devotees of the serpent god or Nagaraja. The Mannarasala Temple is the biggest of its kind in Kerala and is considered to be a powerful place of worship.

    Most snake temples are located deep inside forests, and Mannarasala is no different. It stands deep within the forest glade but this does not deter pilgrims. The temple witnesses a lot of people coming in daily; people who come to the temple in order to pray. Women who desire babies come here to pray for fertility. Once the wish comes true, the baby is brought to the temple and a ceremony felicitating the powers of Nagaraja is held.

    The interiors of the temple are full of snake paintings. 
    The temple is a great pilgrimage location for tourists; additionally, it gives some insight into the diversity of the culture and traditions of Kerala.

    Location: 
    Mannarasala P.O, Haripad, Kerala 690514

    Timings: 
    5 AM to 12 PM (1 PM on Sundays) & 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

    Entry fee: None.

  • 16Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

    Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
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    Nothing gets better than a bird sanctuary located within the lush green lands of Kerala. Situated on the banks of the well-known Vembanad Lake of Kerala in Kumarakom, this sanctuary is a favorite of both birds and bird-watchers. It is a beautiful place full of the chatter of birds from all parts of India and the world.

    As important as it is to visit the backwaters when in Kerala, it is equally important to visit some of the forests in the state which give it its awe-inspiring lush green landscape. What better way to do so than by stepping into Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary? You get to enjoy the tree scented air as well watch the many birds which flock this forest.

    As an added bonus, you can enjoy the facilities set up in here by the Kerala Tourism Development Commission. They have set up an interpretation center along with a large resort in the middle of the bird sanctuary. You can stop here for some informative insights into the birds and later taste some great Kerala cuisine in the resort.

    Location:
     
    Kavanattinkara, Kumarakom, Kerala 686563

    Timings:
     6:30 AM to 5 PM

    Entry fee:
    INR 50(Indian); INR 100(Foreigner)

  • 17Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race

    Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race

    Held in the memory of Jawaharlal Nehru, this boat race is unlike any other boat racing activity you may have seen before. The Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race, also known as Vallam Kali, is an annual competition that takes place every August on a part of Lake Vembanad. It is one of the cultural highlights of the state, so plan your visit accordingly if it is your desire to see and experience this boat race. 

    Unlike other boat racing events which have teams of 5 to 10 rowing furiously in silent concentration, this boat race has teams of at least 100 people, usually fishermen, who row together as they sing at the top of their voice. It is a wonderful experience to simply see the boats row past as you stand on the banks of the lake.

    If you feel like exploring and being offbeat, you could actually scout for the perfect secluded spot to watch the race on the banks of the lake. Else, go for the tickets for the bamboo stands set up especially for the race. The race is called a snake boat race because of the shape of the boats- long and snake-like. 

    Location: 
    Punnamada Backwaters in Alappuzha.

    Entry fee: None.

    Timings: August month of every year.

  • 18Mullakal Bhagvathy Temple

    Mullakal Bhagvathy Temple
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    Estimated to be almost 500 years old, this temple is a multi-faith site. All people, regardless of caste and creed, are welcomed here with open arms. This generates a benevolent atmosphere which creates positive vibes. The architecture of the building is typical old-style Kerala architecture with a beautiful pond and a profusion of jasmines surrounding the main building. It is an open-roof shrine. 

    The main shrine is dedicated to Durga who is worshiped as Mullakal Devi, but there are other shrines belonging to Hanuman Swami, Lord Ganesha, Subramanya Swami, Nagaraja, Navagraha, Sree Krishna, and Lord Ayyappa along with a banyan tree where one finds the lingam of Lord Shiva. Many festivals are celebrated here which keep the compound constantly buzzing with activity.

    The biggest temple festival is celebrated from Mid-November to Mid-January for a duration of 41 days. 
    This is the Mullakkal Chirappu Festival which is celebrated with great enthusiasm and the last 11 days are completely spell-binding. And the firework display at the end of the festival is truly the icing on the cake. It is one of the major attractions of the festival and people come from all over the country to witness it.

    Location: Mullakkal, Alappuzha.

    Timings
    : 4.30 AM to 10 AM and 5 PM to 8 PM

    Entry fee: None.

  • 19Kayamkulam Lake

    Kayamkulam Lake
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    Kayamkulam Lake used to be a lake before the authorities decided to break the bar separating it from the Arabian Sea to build a fishing harbor. As a result, it is now a lagoon. It is a place full of activities including fishing, races or other touristic activities. The aquatic life in this lagoon is very viable commercially, hence the popularity of the spot as a fishing ground.

    Alongside the fish, many birds also make themselves at home in the environs surrounding the waterbody. Expect a variety of activity zones here. You can use the Cycling Track or Recreation Room or lunch on the floating restaurant or pay a visit to the Tsunami Museum or the Adventure zone. 

    The list of activities also includes visiting Boardwalk, View Point, Landscaping, Yard lighting, Houseboat Jetty and a waterway for boats, in short, everything is available here. 
    A famous boat racing competition by the name of Kayamkulam Boat Race takes place here as well. To view the wide expanse of ceaseless waves crashing on top of each other, will give you the experience to remember forever.

    Location: 
    Near Kayamkulam Thermal Power Plant, Alappuzha.

  • 20Vijaya Beach Park

    Vijaya Beach Park
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    Your trip to Kerala is incomplete without visiting at least one of its beaches. Vijaya Beach Park is the place to head to when looking for beach locations in Alleppey. This park is actually a children’s park on Alappuzha Beach managed by the Kerala Municipal Board. There are a variety of things you can do here and a good amount of facilities you can make use of to enjoy the beach experience better. 

    If you are with children, let them have a go on the trains, slides, and swings set up for them. There are rides for adults too. Excellent boating facilities are offered here too. A large variety of cultural programs are also enacted for the benefit of tourists and there are some entertaining events which you can take part in. The park also boasts of a video game area where your young ones can have fun. 

    Though this park on the beach has a commercial feel to it, it does not mean that it has nothing to offer to those who don’t enjoy rides and games. You can always come here, rent a bike and go off on your own to explore the rest of the beach which is quieter than the area in and around Vijaya Beach Park. There is something for everyone here, making it a one of the convenient and fun destination. 

    Location: 
    Alappuzha Beach.

    Timings: 3 PM to 8 PM

    Entry fee:
    INR 150 minimum entry card; Free entry for children below 12

  • 21Alleppey Lighthouse

    Alleppey Lighthouse

    Famous as the Alappuzha lighthouse,  the Alleppey lighthouse can be spotted from miles away. A humongous tower celebrating the solitude by the coastal strip wearing strips of red and white is how it is best reminisced.

    The phenomenal tower was first installed in March 1862, almost 148 years ago. Located at around 4 kilometers ahead of the Alappuzha town, Alleppey or Alappuzha lighthouse grants a panoramic 360-degree view of the ocean as well as the territorial land of Alleppey which is majorly thick and lush foliage.

    Flaunting its badge of being one of the oldest lighthouses of Kerala, its construction dates back to the time when Marthanda Varma- II Maharaja owned the throne of the region.

    Location: 
    CCSB Rd, Civil Station Ward, Alappuzha, Kerala 688012

    Timings:
     3 PM to 5 PM

    Entry fee: 
    INR 10 for Indian adults and INR 3 for children.

  • 22Andhakaranazhi Beach

    Andhakaranazhi Beach

    An unspoiled clean beach that beckons the free souls; Andhakaranazhi Beach is one of the few Alappuzha tourist places that are forever beautiful. Virgin, serene, unreal or breath-taking- no word really compliments enough in describing the unseizable horizon of Andhakaranazhi.

    The beach is tucked away somewhere on the  Alleppey to Cochin road, strategically equidistant from both the cities. Some part of the beach has silky soft sand while the latter half of the shore is covered under mid-sized boulders and rocks.

    The sunset hours are the most beautiful here when the sky is doused in crimson, red, peach, orange and all its shades and the sea shimmers like a bride. The coast is always under the watch of police and guards. Swimming isn’t a well-celebrated sport at this beach but one can try to soak in for some time.

    Location: 
    Cherthala taluk, Alleppey, Kerala.

    Timings: All day.

    Entry fee:
     None.

  • 23Thumpoly Beach

    Thumpoly Beach

    The beautiful beach at Thumpoly with its golden sand and backdrop of lush green palm trees is the perfect hideout, far away from all that plagues modern lives. Enjoy the best of what Kerala has to offer – pollution free environs, gorgeous views of the Indian Ocean, clear blue skies and stunning, panoramic views.

    You can take your family along and enjoy a picnic on the beautiful beach, or if you are traveling with friends, splash water on each other in this fun-filled adventure. Make the best of your vacation at Thumpoly.

    Location: Alappuzha, Kerala.

    Timings: All day.

    Entry fee: None.

  • 24Punnamada Lake

    Punnamada Lake

    Punnamada is a gorgeous lake located near Alleppey where you can completely forget all about your everyday problems in the midst of sheer natural beauty. With groves of areca nut trees encircling the look, the air seems purer than anywhere else and the pollution free environs help freshen up the mind and soul.

    The picturesque vistas act as a salve to the weary soul and the sight of boats sailing leaves one spellbound. You can book a houseboat to truly enjoy all that Punnamada has to offer, or take a luxurious cruise if you like to travel in style. This lake is the perfect balm for your aching mind and bruised soul.

    Location: Kuttanad, Alappuzha, Kerala.

    Timings: 10 am to 6 pm, every day.

    Entry fee: None.

  • 25Punnapra Beach

    Punnapra Beach

    Punnapra is one of the most secluded places to visit in Alleppey, and the beach at this exotic little village is the perfect place to visit if you are planning a quiet holiday in God’s own country. Surrounded by groves of beautiful palm trees that sway in the wind and offering stunning views of the natural beauty around, this beach is a heaven for honeymooners and those traveling with a partner.

    You can enjoy a relaxing stroll down the golden sandy beach, dip your toes in the blue waters or simply lie back and soak in the sun. Enjoy an ayurvedic massage under the night sky and make it your memorable holiday.

    Location: Punnapra, Kerala

    Entry fee: None.

    Timing: All day.

  • 26Bay Island Driftwood Museum

    Bay Island Driftwood Museum

    If you are an art connoisseur, check out the Bay Island Driftwood Museum located a few kilometers away from Kumarakom. The island displays unique art pieces that are created by polishing, sculpting and refining the pieces of driftwood that get washed up on the shore by the sea.

    The place is extremely popular among tourists for its quirky art installations. The artwork is highly priced, artistically fascinating, and closely resembled shapes of animals, birds, and insects. Check out this museum of one-of-its-kind art to learn something new and enjoy art in a unique yet beautiful form.

    Location: 
    Chakranpadi, Vayitharamattom, Kumarakom, Kerala.

    Timings: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, opens at 11.30 am on Sundays and closed on Mondays.

    Entry fee: INR 50 per person.

  • 27Pallipuram

    Pallipuram

    Located on an exotic island in Kochi, Pallipuram is one of the most versatile Alappuzha tourist places. A wide array of tourist hotbeds is tucked away in this tiny hamlet and it is no wonder that it is slowly emerging as a must-visit destination in Kerala.

    Enjoy the golden sandy beaches of Muziris and Cherai that offer stunning views of the blue waters of the ocean. If you are a history buff, check out the Pallipuram fort and be fascinated by its Portuguese connection.

    Religious devotees of Christianity visit the place for the Catholic Basilica and if you are an architecture enthusiast, you too should visit the church to admire its architectural beauty and European influences.

    Location: 
    Vypeen island, Kochi, Kerala.

    Entry fee: None.

    Timings: All day.

  • 28Revi Karunakaran Museum

    Revi Karunakaran Museum

    Revi Karunakaran Museum is one of those places that make you feel as if you have been transported to another world. The primary attractions are the gorgeous marble and crystal installations and there is a Kerala Room dedicated to displaying information about the art and culture of the state.

    The huge collection of Tanjore paintings is enough to attract art enthusiasts and the 250 ft tall mural is a fascinating piece on its own. There is such a wide variety of art installations, paintings and beautifully picturized information that will not want to leave the building until you have explored every nook and cranny of the museum.

    Location: 
    CCSB Road, Alappuzha, Kerala.

    Timings: 9 am to 5 pm, every day, except Mondays.

    Entry fee: INR 100 per person.

  • 29Thottappally Beach

    Thottappally Beach

    Thottappally Beach is one of the most interesting places to visit in Alleppey because of its unique beaches - the sand here is black in color because of the high content of zirconia in it. The quirky color is not the only reason it is thronged by tourists every year.

    Enjoy gorgeous orange sunsets over the blue ocean, take a walk on the beach with your partner or splash some water and have a fun-filled picnic with your family. There are plenty of tourist sites nearby for you to explore, and with the stunning backdrop of tall palm trees and virgin free environs, Thottappally Beach is a delight to spend an afternoon on.

    Location: T
    hottappally, Purakkad, Kerala.

    Timings: All day.

    Entry fee: None.

  • 30Chettikulangara Devi Temple

    Chettikulangara Devi Temple

    Embark on a journey of devotion, spirituality, and devotion at one of most famous Alappuzha tourist places - the Chettikulangara Devi Temple. It is known as one of the biggest temples and most popular temples in Kerala.

    Visit the place if you are a Hindu devotee, but there is also more to explore here. The temple architecture is spellbinding in itself, the decoration is graceful yet refines and the calm atmosphere makes you feel serene and tranquil. Listening to the chant of mantras and thousands of bells ringing at the time of pooja is a mesmerizing experience  

    Location: 
    Chettikulangara, P.O, Mavelikara, Kerala.

    Timings: 5 am to 11 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm, every day.

    Entry fee: None. Various offerings in the temple cost from INR 12 to INR 1350

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Sightseeing in Alleppey

Adventure in Alleppey

Attractions in Alleppey

Nature and wildlife in Alleppey

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Marari Beach

Located in the scenic beauty of the Alappuzha district is the Marari Beach, considered as the perfect locale for holidaying with friends and family. The name of the beach was kept after the local village called “Maraikullum” that was located along the coast of the Arabian Sea. The Primary occupation of the inmates of the village is fishing and the beach beauty is extremely serene and calm to spend a splendid time. If you are feeling lost, the beach will surely give you a stimulating experience to be a part of all the activities.

The entire beach is flanked by tall palm trees with golden-hued sand and pristine waters that are enjoyed by the tourists. Despite being a typical beach the aura surrounding the place will mesmerise you. If you visit here in August you will also be able to witness the unique snake boat races and a host of other adventure activities if you love to take it rough.

The beautiful state of Kerala is all about beaches filled with tourists but 
Marari beach helps you go easy as against the fast-paced popular beaches in the state. We all love beaches but popular beaches get pretty crowded and don’t give you the deserved time-off at a relaxing pace. This beach is a peaceful one which will help you unwind your senses and transfer your world. The good old fishing village has simplistic outing arenas for the tourists and the beach is sure to blow your mind away solely for the peace you will experience on your journey.

The beach ambience leads you to follow your own relaxation therapies like yoga and meditation or indulges in the pampering sessions of Ayurveda spa and massage. This also proves to be the appropriate spot to romance your partner with no concern of crowds staring at you. The natural retreat is slowly gaining in popularity with tourists every year increasing. People who love to see how the fishermen fare at the deepest part of the sea can also indulge by turning on their discovery mode.

You can also explore the entire village especially the coir making units or merely opt for coir retail therapy. For those who also seek spiritual liberty can visit umpteen religious attractions near the beach. The beach also provides a safe spot for swimming and is considered a retreat for many water sports activities that are made available.

Every year a good number of overseas tourists come here to relax and experience the rustic nature of the surroundings. If you have planned a Kerala tour then visiting here has to be included. It is a complete change within Kerala. On one hand, you might be enjoying the vibrant beaches in Kovalam and on the other rejoicing in tranquillity and being a witness to some great sights, village dreams and fishing is what will enchant you. Kerala offers both the experiences and what’s better than to sit on the blonde carpet of sand and forget about your busy and hectic life back home.

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Alleppey Beach

With tempting natural beauty in its right hand, Alleppey beach of Kerala is a major pull for hundreds of tourists every day, considering its calm shores, golden sands, and alignment of palm trees. The beach is an ultimate picnic spot for locals at one end and a place for relaxation for travelers on another who do not miss to wash their feet, before heading to backwaters and houseboat ride. An age-old sea-extended iron pier adds another charm to it which is a picture perfect location for photographers.

Also known as ‘Venice of the East’, Alappuzha beach is known for hosting events like beach festival, sand art festival and much more that opens up as a gateway to locals. What adds another insta-worthy attraction nearby is an old lighthouse, which reminds one of the needs of sailors. Without any doubt further, a visit to Kerala is just not complete without visiting here, sitting near the shore, and soaking in the fresh misty air.

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